Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chris Matthews is an Idiot!

Last night during the State of the Union, Tweety said that "alot of people" would like to see Condi Rice run on the VP spot on the Republican ticket and that she is so well liked and respected. What an IDIOT!!

I wrote this e-mail to him:

Your remark on Secretary Rice last night showed incredible misunderstanding of both the reason for Senator Obama's appeal and the public's real assessment of Secretary Rice. Secretary Rice would not be acceptable as a running mate by either side -- the left KNOWS that every time she says "the fact of the matter is . . " it will be followed by a whopper of a lie. We blame her for not getting Bush's attention on the "Bin Laden Determined to Attack the US" PDB, shoe shopping during Katrina, "mushroom cloud" scare tactics. The right knows that she will never pass the heightened public scrutiny of her personal life that comes with being on the ticket versus the pass she gets in the Cabinet. How would she ever explain her "life partner" from the foaming-at-the-mouth gay-hating religious right? NO ONE would find Rice acceptable on the ticket.

The public doesn't like Obama BECAUSE he's black -- a black on the republican side doesn't compensate or balance the equation. People are responding to Obama's words and vision. Rice's history of lying, scaring us, indifference to the poor, and political spinning are not equal to Obama's vision -- even though they might share a skin color.

Quit trying to deconstruct everything to a process -- it causes you to make incredibly stupid remarks.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Great Edwards Video


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Happened in Nevada???

Why did Edwards do so poorly in Nevada? How did he do so well in the polls just before the caucus but ended up with only 3% of the delegates at the caucus? Something is fishy but unfortunately we'll never know for sure -- the Nevada Democratic Party did not retain any records as to how the caucus attendees actually voted. What is wrong with these people!!!?? Verifiable voting is a core value for the rest of us Democrats!

Their excuse is that the turnout was larger than they anticipated -- so what?! First of all they should have anticipated the large turn out after what happened in Iowa. Secondly, yes, 116,000 caucus attendees vs the 45,000 they had 4 years ago is a great increase BUT you still have the same number of precincts -- the number of precincts didn't DOUBLE -- and a precinct committee officer should be able to improvise, use blank paper -- and most importantly FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.

I've read their rules at NV DEMS Caucus and records should have been kept.

Caucus goers wrote letters to the editor at the Review Journal and stated:

My precinct location was stacked in favor of Hillary Clinton before anybody arrived. Many of the precinct workers wore Hillary T-shirts. Sen. Clinton's sign was on a wall by itself. John Edwards, Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Dennis Kucinich shared another wall, though Sen. Biden's name was completely hidden by a projector screen accidentally lowered during introductions, and the space allotted for Sen. Biden and Rep. Kucinich was occupied by a large grand piano. Sen. Barack Obama, "uncommitted" and "observers" shared a third wall. There wasn't a fourth wall, as the other half of the room was being used by another precinct.

All the chairs in the room were placed under Sen. Clinton's sign. If you supported anybody else, you could stand or sit on the floor. Very democratic.

Here's another:

How they got any accurate vote is anyone's guess. After putting us in groups based on our choice of political candidate and precinct, they counted heads. After awhile they allowed us to cast a paper ballot. Those people who were not registered to vote with the political party did not have an official ballot. These people used a single slip of paper without their name or precinct on it. Were they counted?
My theory is that Nevada had untrained PCOs, unable to effectively ensure a fair chance for every candidate, determine viability, or divide up delegates to the candidates, and confusion ruled -- BUT because the Party didn't retain records, we cannot rule out hanky-panky.

Edwards got screwed and therefor we all got screwed.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Huckabee Want to Change our Constitution

In Warren, Michigan last night Huckabee said:

[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards," Huckabee said.

He's just certifiable, isn't he? I HOPE and PRAY he just shot himself in the foot but it's a lingering death. I HOPE and PRAY voters are smart enough to know how dangerous it would be to have someone in the Presidential office with this point of view.

My question to Huckabee is "which living god?"

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bill Kristol and the New York Times

I sent an e-mail to the NY Times cancelling my subscription to the electronic version and told them that the reason was because I couldn't support a paper that would reward and give credence to someone like Bill Kristol. I didn't expect they would even notice my little protest but it made me feel good anyway.

Much to my surprise, the NY Times responded to me!

Thank you for your e-mail concerning Bill Kristol. We appreciate your
interest and your taking the time to let us know how you feel.

Mr. Kristol's column will be appearing on the Op-Ed page, where we offer a range of diverse opinions -- often differing from our own editorial
opinions. Given that we are a news organization that believes in vibrant
political discourse, we have brought Mr. Kristol on board after a long and thoughtful search through the ranks of strong conservative voices.

Will you -- or will we -- agree with him? Probably not very often . . .
but that is the point of offering multiple views and providing intellectual
diversity. We hope the column will engender open debate and discussion in
the democratic tradition of newspapers. And we hope that you will continue to read and to express your views to us. We very much value your readership.


Catherine Mathis
SVP, Corporate Communications
The New York Times Company

I'm still glad I cancelled my subscription although I'm going to really miss Paul Krugman!