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What Do You Say to the DCCC?

by: mooncat

Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 13:07:02 PM CST


It seems the DCCC and I are on really good terms.  The write often and sometimes even call with a real, live person on the other end of the line.  Of course, they like me so much because I have sent them money in the past.  Let me emphasize that last bit.  I have sent the DCCC money IN THE PAST, BUT I WILL NOT BE SENDING THEM SO MUCH AS ONE THIN DIME IN THE FUTURE.  Here's a recent solicitation from the DCCC:

DCCC solicitation 

What has the D-Trip done with my (and possibly your) hard earned money lately?  Spent several hundred thousand dollars helping elect Parker Griffith and Bobby Bright, among other Democrats in name only.  Both of these Alabama "Democrats" voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  Bright actually voted against SCHIP reauthorization.  Both of them voted against the Economic Stimulus Package, no matter how much good it will do for their districts.  Griffith actually had the gall to issue this statement taken right from Republican talking points:

“This bill adds a burden of debt to an already overburdened treasury and will eventually lead to higher interest rates for consumers and businesses with very little chance of achieving its original intent.  This is the largest spending bill in the history of our nation and unfortunately it was done in haste and will probably not achieve its intended goals.”

mooncat :: What Do You Say to the DCCC?

Say again?  How exactly does that statement "help Barack Obama and the strengthened Democratic Congress make 2009 a year of achievement and promise"?  Our Blue Dogs are working against President Obama's goals, not for them.  They can't even characterize this as a pro-business vote.  Sweet Baby Jesus on a Delta Rocket ... the Chamber of Commerce was lobbying FOR the Stimulus Package, not against it.  Down with Tyranny is right on with this post, emphasis mine:

Soon the DCCC's Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be frantically and insistently begging for money from grassroots Democrats to "re-elect our courageous but vulnerable incumbents." High on the list of incumbents who could never get re-elected without massive infusions of cash from Democrats unaware these people vote with the GOP are Bobby Bright, Parker Griffith, Walt Minnick, John Barrow, Harry Mitchell, Frank Kratovil and Chris Carney. When you get an urge to give to the DCCC, go right here and donate to the Blue America PAC instead. We'll be using it to defeat the enemies of working families-- on both sides of the aisle. 

Courageous but vulnerable incumbents my a$$.  If they want any help from me they'd better start sounding and acting like they care about American families, not the Rush Limbaugh Dittoheads.  As for the DCCC, see below for how I disposed of their most recent solicitation.  I'll be doing the same with all future ones until they remind the Griffiths and Brights of Washington that they belong to the People's party, not Rush's party.  

 Burning DCCC Solicitation 1

Burning DCCC Solicitation 2

Burning DCCC Solicitation 3

I recommend you do this outside on a grill or other flameproof surface -- these things burn hot but don't last long.  Any Congressional donations I make will be going to Blue America PAC or a truly progressive candidate I can trust.

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I think that's a good policy. (4.00 / 1)

Bright and Griffith suuuuuuck.  Bright had three strikes in a row with the anti-Dem trifecta of his vote on the LL Act, sCHIP, and the Jobs Bill.  Griffith still strikes out with me because I'm counting his Jobs Bill vote twice. 



They're certainly sucking up to somebody (0.00 / 0)
And it isn't the progressive wing of the party -- either social or economic.  We'd be much better off funding a few handpicked progressive candidates here in Alabama rather than letting the DCCC decide which races are most important to us.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Actually, the DCCC called this morning. (4.00 / 1)

I specifically told them they did not give a dime to Josh Segall, a progressive who came within 6 points of winning against Mike Rogers and as a result I would not give them a dime. I further told them that the Blue Dogs they did donate to won and have turned out to be republicans. The only consolation are the 43 Blue Dogs who did vote for the stimulus package.

They are definitely making the rounds. 



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They're making the rounds (0.00 / 0)
... but not making much.

Work harder and work smarter!

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bluebearcat, I've been looking for you. (4.00 / 1)
I was hoping since you are clearly more knowledgeable about statistics than I am, that you could help provide the number of democrats who live in the different counties in 03. I still have a hard time believing that 03 is more democratic, partly from all the calls I made to Auburn, Coosa, and Clay counties. It was painful.

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I lide the idea of burning... (4.00 / 1)
I still have 2 of Parker Griffith's yard signs. Maybe I could stage a protest by burning them in front of his Huntsville office?

Get a permit first (0.00 / 0)
Better and simpler might be to have a party, video a few folks telling why they're disappointed with PG, then video burning the signs.  Put it on YouTube and make sure "Parker Griffith" is a keyword.

Work harder and work smarter!

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The problem with burning them... (4.00 / 1)
...  is that the DCCC doesn't know what you did. I simply tear them up and mail them back with a short (25 word) ezxplanation.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

Using... (0.00 / 0)
the self addressed, postage paid envelope, of course.  I just tossed the envelope -- guess I could mail them photos of the burning.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Yes (4.00 / 1)

You really should mail them the photos. If they are going to support candidates that do not represent our interests, i see no reason why they should exist. All that money could be put to better use.

My confidence in the party institution as a whole right now is lower than it's been in a year. I am not sure what it is going to take. They should be threatening the Blue Dogs with primary challenges and stuff like that.

If the country keeps drifting to the left while the establishment stays frozen or drifts to the right, we are eventually going to have difficulties maintaining the legitimacy of our government. Very bad.



It's more fun if you comment!

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Deploring every single step I took (4.00 / 1)

...here in my "hood" to round up votes for Bobby "not so" Bright.  I've never felt this BETRAYED before in my entire 69-years on planet Earth.  I suppose there is no fool like an old fool...Sheeze!

Will someone more informed please fill me in on this:  Are Representatives only elected to the U. S. Congress for TWO years, instead of four, like Senators?  I thought I was pretty informed about political processes, but I read, yesterday, that Representative only serve for two years...true or false?  HELP to fill in my "chuckhole" gap on the information highway please, someone!

 I do know that "Teflon" Bob Riley was a U. S. Representative from Alabama before he was "electronically appointed" as our Governor by that "midnight" vote count in Baldwin County.  So what I really want to know is if being a U. S. Representative, gives anyone the "clout" they need  to be elected as Governor of this State?



Grace (4.00 / 1)

Will someone more informed please fill me in on this:  Are Representatives only elected to the U. S. Congress for TWO years, instead of four, like Senators?

Hold onto something Grace. Congress critters ARE elected to two year terms, thus Bobby "not too" Bright and Wayne Parker Griffith will have to face us again next year. Now, for even more shocking news, senators are elected for SIX year terms, not four.



"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future." - William Wordsworth

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The good part of the senatorial thing is that Shelby is up... (4.00 / 1)
in 2010.  We really have to do a better job that we did against Sessions in 2008.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

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Dream on (0.00 / 0)
Shelby is a much tougher nut to crack than Sessions and I don't see any possibility of recruiting a top tier (or even second tier) candidate against him unless he makes a really big blunder.  Being caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl on video -- that magnitude of blunder.  Tax evasion would not do it.  Shelby is not young, so our best hope is that he stops having fun up there and decides to retire.  Not good odds, but the best we have.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Shelby a Tough Nut to Crack (0.00 / 0)

Shelby is a tough nut to crack, which is why we need to get the sledgehammers out.  The discussion lead me to do a little research.  Shelby switched parties after he was relected in 1992 when he defeated Chris McNair;

Chris McNair knows he is in an uphill battle in his quest to unseat Senator Richard C. Shelby.

Mr. McNair faces an incumbent who has a campaign treasury of nearly $3 million and a reputation as one of the Senate's most conservative Democrats in a state that favors conservative views.

But Mr. McNair is not without strengths of his own. As a pioneering black elected official in Alabama, the Democratic county commissioner from Birmingham hopes to attract the support of blacks, who could account for as much as 45 percent of the voters in the primary on June 2. A recent poll showed him winning a substantial share of white votes as well. And the last time the two met, in a Democratic primary for a Congressional seat in 1978, Mr. McNair forced a runoff, which Mr. Shelby narrowly won.

Moreover, the nationwide mood of dissatisfaction with incumbents and big-money politics is evident in Alabama, too.

Fast forward to 2009, the nationwide mood of dissatifaction is now with republicant incumbents.  I don't think Shelby endeared himself with voters who care more about their pocketbooks than they do hating Barack Obama by voting against Billions for the state, and I dare say these voters outnumber the later.  IF the stimulus plan is successful, and IF Alabama voters have a better quality of life as a result of the stimulus plan, Dick Shelby may have handed us the sledge hammer needed to crack a tough nut. 

Stephen Foster Black might be the Paul Bunyon to weld the hammer.

 



The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)



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Me too, Grace.... (4.00 / 1)
I feel SO betrayed!!!!  I hope I get the opportunity to talk to Bobby Bright so I can let him know exactly how I feel about his pathetic voting record.  Thank goodness he'll be up for reelection next year!  I'll do everything I can to get him out of there!!!

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Being proactive (4.00 / 1)
We need to come up with some candidates who could run against Bright and Griffith. If we just complain, which I enjoy doing right now, we will miss the boat with recruiting better candidates for the 2 districts. We need to actively look for viable candidates instead of sitting back and supporting who shows up.

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So true. (0.00 / 0)
What district does Stephen Black live in?  He seems very progressive -- in a serious, get something done way -- and he's getting a lot of media attention in recent weeks.  Perhaps he's thinking of running for office again in 2010?  He might be thinking more of a state office, though.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Stephen Black would make a great candidate. (0.00 / 0)
He teaches in Tuscaloosa and runs a program there. I believe he lives in Birmingham. 

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