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The other edge

I’ve spoken about how blogs can benefit Democratic candidates, and while I firmly believe that this is and will continue to be true, it’s not a freebie. As Stephanie Herseth is surely learning, the blogreading public is very much in the activist camp, and we don’t appreciate candidates who don’t stand up for our principles. We want to give you our support, but we’re not going to let ourselves get sold down the river in the process.

Obviously, one of the reasons for the “Hate Amendment”, as Kos calls it, was to sow dissension within the Democratic ranks, and it annoys me to no end that it’s had an effect. What’s worse is that this should have been easy to sidestep. Just throw it right back at the Republicans – “We believe that the Constitution is a document that should not be tampered with lightly, and we believe that joblessness, terrorism, the deficit, and rising health care costs are a far greater threat to the family than anything else.” (Ginger is more succinct and even less wishy-washy than I am.) Leadership is about making people go places they wouldn’t go on their own, and I’m really getting tired of those on my side who claim to be leaders but run away from every opportunity to actually get out in front of the crowd and influence its direction. Heat, kitchen – you know the rest.

I’ll say it again and again – I’m a half-a-loaf kind of guy, and I’ll overlook a lot of sins to get a lesser evil in place. But even I have my limits. Help me out here, folks.

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2 Comments

  1. Brenda Helverson says:

    If you don’t like Steffie’s little pander, let her know:

    Email Stephanie: [email protected]

    Media Inquiries: [email protected]

    Fundraising Inquiries: [email protected]

    Scheduling Requests: [email protected]

    Website Questions: [email protected]

    I just saw Joe Barton on TV ranting about Howard Stern. I applaud the good people of Texas for sending a Mutant-American to Congress.

    No kidding, what planet is he from?

  2. kevin whited says:

    Dems wouldn’t have the greatest credibility if they adopted the line they don’t believe the Constitution should be tampered with lightly (being the party that most forcefully advocates a living constitution). And since when is the amendment process light tampering anyway? Arguably, the difficulty of amending the constitution is partially responsible for so much of our process of amendment through creative interpretation. Passing an amendment is not easy. I do agree that the Dems would be better suited making the argument you suggest, that they believe X,Y,Z are bigger threats to the family. If they got creative, they could work the “out-of-touch GOP” angle pretty hard. I hope they don’t. 🙂