BBB: Kos ist die Stimmel der Leute! :: Kos is the voice of the people? Nein! 10 July 2006Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, Abortion Rights, Big Box Blogs, DC Politics, Sex / Reproductive Health.
Alex: There was nothing I hated more than to see a filthy old drunkie, a-howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as if it were a filthy old orchestra in his stinking rotten guts. I could never stand to see anyone like that, especially when they were old like this one was.
CT: The curse of the liberal issue groups
Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 09:37:36 AM PDT
Reps. Rob Simmons (R-CT 02), Chris Shays (R-CT 04) and Nancy Johnson (R-CT 05) have all won their Dem-leaning seats by chipping off parts of the Dem coalition. But given the poor national environment for GOPers, their Dem challengers looked well-positioned to knock them off this cycle.
Oh it is to laugh. As i cannot cry over such predictable crap [Boyz, shall we really look at Nancy Johnson, issues of CT 5 and 6, 2000 and 2002 elections, gerrymandering of 5 and 6, Nancy Johnson’s 54/43 win over Jim Maloney – who iirc won his seat in 00 with 51%? You really want to?].
The curse of the single issue groups
Mon May 23, 2005 at 12:37:01 AM PDT
Armando has rightly taken NARAL to task for their endorsement of Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee. NARAL was one of the groups that fully opposed anti-abortion Democrat Jim Langevin’s short bid for the Senate seat.
Nevermind that Langevin would’ve crushed Chafee and gotten us one seat closer to a Democratic-led Senate. And a Democratic-led Senate wouldn’t ever let any abortion legislation see the light of day. But NARAL, myopic fools that they are, think Chafee is a better bet, despite his vote for Trent Lott, Bill Frist, and their allegiance to the James Dobson, American Taliban agenda.
NARAL, and many people here, whined and cried about Langevin, the way they whined and cried about Harry Reid, because of those Democrats’ personal opposition to abortion. Didn’t we know, they demanded, that choice was a core principle of the Democratic Party?
To which I have a simple answer: The hell it is. [snip]
[one big difference, the comments from 5/23/05 are all missing. ALL of those threads were highly contentious, there was push back. Geesh, even other FFPers disputed that Langevin had even ever entered the race… he retreated immediately.]
And I have been clear where I am on NARAL – and the Big Box Blogs, the Anti Women Wars (from 03/07/06):
The picture on the ground in SD, and several other states, is very bleak for women… but as I cast my mind back over a year long of online – and so very ”DLC” it has been – demagoguery of NARAL (imo, there is a buzzing bee up Kos’s ass), and, while I believe in very harsh criticism of pols, lobbyists, hacks and others, I have been around the block… and there is a difference. Demagoguery is meant to demonise.
The past 6 weeks the demagoguery starts to extend, across the board, from NARAL to PPFA. Often involving a small circle of “incestuous amplification” blogs who tie in tightly via, again!, incestuous linking to the Red Star Mother Ship….
I say: they wear pink rhinestone collars and leashes and the leashes lead straight back to the party. Yes yes yes: they are “Democratic” sites. They surely do coordinate. Rahm, Reid, Hillpac, Schumer, Rendell, others. The conservative Democrats, red states, blue states, purple states… all the same in the end.
Scratch so many Democrats and you find a “reformed” Republican, ones that have scarcely changed at all, never really left Republican mommy and daddy…. Why cultivate your base, why form coalitions, when you can just herd the new weeds?
I may be, and I am in fact, uneasy with the national level at NARAL, long time Democratic office holder in MT, Nancy Keenan, til she failed at her run in ’00 (lost to the R by 6 pts) for the one seat in the House (it is possible to be critical and not demagogue her). There is no real ground level history of working for reproductive rights… unlike Kim Gandy, who, in addition to a history as a Louisiana prosecutor, came up thru the ranks at NOW for 30 years and ascended thru internal vote.
However, let’s take a look at REAL grassroots in SD – as opposed to what I call “greasy roots”, the visible leadership of the Big Box Blogs:
The Unitarian Universalists, a tiny number in SD – all of 186 souls at three congregations spread out across those hard rural roads of SD… from within their number we find Mahala Bach, who came forward with her desperate recounting of the most brutal rape at the age of 13 and her subsequent abortion, sought with the support of her mother and her doctor.
By the way, the head of South Dakota NARAL is a member of the UUs, who have fought valiantly on the ground. Where it really matters.
But an interesting play Kos has run for 16 months or so. Anti liberal, anti woman, anti coalition (if you don’t have disparate groups who can be brought together, you don’t get coalition).
As for Armando, in the present tense (and what tense is that?), I addressed that despoiled landscape in the last two “updates”:
Elsewhere on the trashed tabloid landscape that is Kos FP, he slobbers for Sibelius, who is credited with bringing over (Monte Hall, Let’s Make a Deal anyone?) three Repubs. Wowo Go Girl. Bagged 3.
I know the easy answer why the worst of the Democrats (line ’em up, Rahm, Schumer, Reid… keep going) feel they can abandon the base, all corners of it, they will recruit REPUBLICANS. Something Kos would be comfortable with.
Webb anyone? He answered recently (ABC This Week, past Sunday) that he would vote for the Democrat in ’08. I don’t think anyone believed him, frankly. I did not. It appeared to me Steph did not believe him when he said he voted for Kerry in 04. Hell I did not. I knew he would not fight, even if he won.
My problem is there is no real migration. They want some fucked-up pseudo-Republican party. And we are not talking liberal NE Republicans circa 1960. Really really not. They want one that hardly diverges, in the nitty gritty it does not, from modern Republicans. Sorta like Sen Danforth (a minister) who complained about the religiousity of the present day Republicans. He, who sheperded Clarence Thomas thru a majority Dem senate in 1991. Gave his big gut busting speech about religion and the modern party…. at Clinton’s library.
Useless, as it was intended to be…
Elsewhere, he hints he may go after Barbara Boxer… using her Pac. Well guys. There are people literally waiting in the rafters, Stage Left and Stage Right – or so it seems to me, from simple observation…
I’d wanna be very sure my PAC was in good order. Hmmm? BlogPAC… in good shape there? I see it is listed on the Act Blue page… hmmm? Disbursing monies to candidates? Did it ever?
Yes you have said, way way over at MyDD, that it will be used to … what was it? Got that handy? What was that again, it will be used to defend the blogs, the nets? Shore up Blahhhggers?
What was that again? What does that mean?
… you know there will be more. Now that we are in the tunnel…
UPDATE 8:50 pm, PT
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If you think helping the netroots will help your future campaign, your money will be well spent.
Well, if ”so far so good” is lookin’ fine, absolutely! go ahead and sink the dollars into the boyz.
Half the story update, Midnight:
CA-Gov: Westley’s attacks in the CA GOP’s ads
Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 10:40:26 PM PDT
This is what the slash and burn Democratic gubernatorial primary in California wrought.
The California GOP is now running an ad that ressurects the entire quotes from Steve Westley’s attack ads.
The tagline? “Quotes from Democrat Steve Westley about Phil Angelides.”
The announcer signs off the ad, “What if Steve Westley was right?”
It was so fucking obvious, and the reason I was turned off by the primary. They did the California GOP’s dirty work for them. And did it better, and more effectively, than anything the Republicans could’ve ever put together on their own.
Oh that is pretty funny. It really is, those ads have been running for weeks now…. and! Trippi worked for Westly. I believe his title was ”advisor on internet strategy” (an interesting link, catch the comment from Michael Turk)… All that really happened with the Westly run was an early lead shrank the hell away. But Westly was a great cash cow… he put in 37 million of his personal resources, last I heard.
Guess YouTube failed… But not to worry, they say Lamont is using it in CT!
And a Democrat is on board with Arnold. She promises him a landslide. And they’ve done their own oppo… they, the Repubs, did not need a nasty primary… Really! The real truth is what Meyerson wrote a few weeks ago, we are worn out with elections in CA, between long ballot issues, a nasty recall ( you want nasty?) and just so many elections…
Nobody gives a shit that the name Westly is still sliding around. He kissed Arnold, by way. Guy Hugs, at the least!
They have been running the same theme at MyDD about the CA primary, that the ugliness of it turned their delicato selves off, Bowers iirc — Kos trying to bitch and moan about a harsh primary… ?. Because….
If nasty primaries are the issue, then CT is the asshole of the nation. The gaping sphincter. If these Boyz were supposedly building, rebuilding … the “Democratic” brand.. Well… rebuilding ”the brand” is not what is happening in CT.
Everything else about the Boyz is being questioned… time to move on to:
are they rational? Cuz I’d be shutting up about ugly primaries.
Asshole, is not usually one of my words. But the Kossacks luv luv luv it. Sort of a self-love thing… I guess. Who knows with them, it is all follow the leader. Ass Kissing, I guess, means you see a lot of… soemthing!
Or that is the extent of language for them. Catch the Meta-Asshole mini thread. I suppose some might be confused between navel and asshole. Could happen! Fun what comes in over the transom…
If you left grammar school behind (really behind you) when you moved on, you can skip the link to the sub thread.
Or, go for it if you need a quick giggle.