The Congealing Fuckball 24 February 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Sex / Reproductive Health.
At politico.com, which has cheekily declared itself a “Anna Nicole-free news zone, unless the father is a politician” is a piece on our very own Arnold. God help us. Hardly news he will ‘likely possibly not ruling it out’ run for US Senate in 2011 (hell all he has to do is broker a deal wtih DiFi… maybe by then she will retire to the Villa d’Este in Como)…
Along the way tho is this:
Schwarzenegger said that he believes politicians should be honest about admitting their mistakes but that “people are too tied down with analyzing” whether Hillary Clinton’s vote to authorize the Iraq war was a mistake.
“Is that what makes the country operate well, if she becomes president?” he asked. “How you twist that or spin that? We should look at what has she done as senator. What has Barack Obama done as a U.S. senator or [a state] senator. What has Rudy Giuliani done? What has McCain done? You’ve got to judge people not by this one little thing.”
Forgive and forget. RESPECT and civility is all about conceding to the skrewball mess we are in. “this one little thing”… All it is is WAR.
Schwarzenegger also said candidates should not be judged on a single issue like abortion. No pro-life presidential candidate has carried California since George H.W. Bush did so in 1988. So I asked Schwarzenegger if he thought McCain, who is also pro-life, could possibly win the state in 2008. [snip]
Of course he says McCain could win California… abortion being a “this little thing”…
I don’t know. Recently in the face of Catholic private money (Sebastiani, the winemaker money and a Southland Catholic newspaper publisher) and backed by the Catholic Bishops an initiative made it to the ballot… we defeated the effort to insitute parental notification.
However!… A very big difference here, the orgs from CA AMA to League of Women Voters to Planned Parenthood, NOW, lesser extent NARAL, had the partnership of the CA DP. Massive phone banks, editorials and opinion pieces thruout the state, a concerted and sustained campaign against the measure…
Also a very smart (I never would have thought of this) TV ad campaign based on “Keeping Teens Safe”, very credible mothers and daughters across the color spectrum, with the Mother simply saying, if my daughter needed my help I want her to come to me… Vote against Prop __, to Keep Teens Safe.
It worked. Just prior to election day in 2004, Field poll placed it to be defeated by as much as 9 pt. I felt pretty good about that. It was dicey early, but as the 9 Bay Area counties pulled in, esp Alameda co, it was defeated by over 5 pts.
Then again we have Arnold, and the CA DP has conceded to him all the way, from the days of the Recall to now. So he can now slobber for Hillary.
More cheeky than politico.com is a comment to the piece flat out wondering: what did the Clintons do for Arnold to obtain that public endorsement, albeit the endorsement limited to the Great California Teutonic Populist’s excuse for “this little thing”.
Money for influence, good write-ups and endorsements… well that IS the question, east side west side all around the town..
Loads of grease around, to grease the rails. For the skid to hell.
As I am dissecting the congealing fuckball…. this from Bowers at MyDD:
This has not been a very fun week when it comes to writing about Democrats. We have had problems with Howard Dean on Fox, the Blue Dogs on Murtha’s plan to end the war, Senate Dems on Joe Lieberman, Jim Wallis on anti-Democratic stereotypes, Ellen Tauscher and a primary challenge, the idiotic Clinton-Obama kerfuffle, Harry Reid on the Nevada debate, Hillary Clinton attacking Dems with Republican language, and probably a bunch more stuff we didn’t write about on MyDD.
Right, not a great time for the 110th and the Dems. Wonder why not! That one little thing, War. And the second thing?
Now, I don’t regret that our blog pointed out any of these negatives. I find complaints about the “circular firing squad” distasteful, as they imply progressive opinions don’t matter and that we should keep our mouths shut.
Not to get toooo excited… he then added this to excuse so much outspokeness – emphasis is mine:
I also feel like internal debate and pressure can be extremely healthy, especially when we are so far from an election.
My how loose lipped… because we know, from the politico.com piece of yesterday, that the 110th is already a tied up, shut down congealing fuckball over ’08… Yes the other little thing:
Both Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are under pressure from anti-war lawmakers and outside groups to do more to end U.S. involvement in the Iraq.
But neither wants to take any step that risks exposing their party – and in Reid’s case, several Democratic presidential candidates – to a political barrage from Republicans.
Boyz! Get with the program! Instanter! You are losing votes!
The bulk of the rest of the post is All Time All Day Lieberman Central again. That too is amusing… the close is this heart string pull — after he approvingly quotes from the same politico.com article on the Dems ever fluid war strategy (emphasis is mine):
Good. This is what I have been looking for and hoping for. Combined with Murtha’s funding plan, Democrats now have an actual strategy to end the war. I intend to bring as much noise as I can to make sure Murtha’s plan passes both branches of Congress, and that Senate Dems reach the 60 votes they need to pass this bill. It won’t be an easy fight, but at least we have set the parameters of how we can end the war over the next eighteen months.
It is hard out there for a progressive. It is a constant two-front war, facing both the conservative movement and the DLC-nexus. Now, more than ever, it is clear that taking back Congress was just one step in the right direction. Our fight continues, but we are making progress
Meanwile, the elected Democrats have retreated to Foxholes. Those are official foxholes, with air conditioning, heat, catering and, with the bonus package, scheduled consultant appointments, so the Democrats are cosseted, happy and feel they are earning their pensions.
What else is new.