May 12, 2006
Check me on this: sure the story about how President Bush (the Weakener-in-Chief) is weakening the nation every day by listening to our day-to-day calls is big news and deserving of attention. But DailyKos spends the past couple of years claiming that it is the blog for party mechanics, cold-eyed focus on Democrats winning, pushing a 50-state strategy, and so forth (all, BTW, things I support), and then the site basically ignores the first really big internal Democratic election mechanics clash of this congressional cycle:
In a heated meeting last week, Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, challenged Mr. Dean on his 50-state program, saying it was undercutting Democratic hopes of taking back the House and the Senate, Democrats said. They warned that Mr. Dean was squandering an opportunity by sending money to parties in states that are a long way from becoming Democratic.
Democrats informed about the meeting described it as contentious and said Mr. Emanuel left abruptly when Mr. Dean declined to agree.
Emanuel and Schumer want Howard Dean’s money. Fair enough. My concern, regarding Emanuel in particular, is that the congressional campaign leaders seem to be leaning to funneling money only to the ten or 20 House districts where we have the best chance to pick up a seat; but me, I agree with Ruy Teixeira (and, probably, Howard Dean) that the far better bet is to cover the board and give equal cash to at least the top 50 Dem pick-up chances.
Schumer and Emanuel want more money? I know where they can find $17 million, a good chunk of it mine.
Posted by Wayne Uff at May 12, 2006 12:25 AM
If I believed that Emanuel and Schumer wanted to funnel the money to Democrats who would win, I might have some sympathy with the strategy.
What I actually believe is that they want the money to go to DLC people. They can’t imagine the Democrats winning without acting like Republicans.
The proper name of the Democratic party is the Neofascist Wussies Auxiliary. They have gone along with the Republicans far more than they have made any attempt to stop them. They have voted for more starvation for the hungry, lower temperatures for the cold, more money for the rich, more power for the state, and more violence and death in an already inhospitable world.
I will use my dollars to support those who have tried to make a difference. Who have at least voiced and voted for dissent from the wrecking machine that the neoconservatives have become. Like Conyers, Slaughter and Feingold.
I contribute to the DNC regularly because of what Dean does with the money. He's sowing grass (roots) seed around the country, even here in the red zone.
I do not contribute any money to (and frequently diss) Schumer's DSCC because he spends it to recruit "conservative" Democratic candidates to oppose incumbents like Santorum and to prevent liberal candidates from running. I have told DSCC fund-raisers exactly that when they call me, which they do.
Although I have in the past, I no longer contribute any money to the DCCC; it seems to me they're running the same DLC scam.
If you want to spend a little money progressively right now, send it to annedicker.com. The former state chair of Democracy for Pennsylvania is running in the Democratic primary Tuesday for State House rep in PA 175. Her two opponents are "liberal" in that they'll probably vote against yet another anti-gay marriage bill because that's the district's wish (but one sees no conflict of interest in continuing to market her multimillion-dollar window replacement business to government agencies, should she win the election, and the other has spent his life as a "politician"), but each is backed by a competing party power broker playing the usual internecine games. The big politician is Anne's corner is Chris Bowers (MyDD), who's been doorknocking for her.