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President’s Field Team Targets Blue Dogs’ Districts Over Health Care Battle

The following concluding paragraph of Dawn Teo’s article at Huffington Post is a keeper

“On-the-ground organizing may also have more far-reaching effects than just strengthening the President’s position on health care. Every person OFA reaches on the phone today is a potential supporter in 2010 and 2012. Every door knocked or volunteer recruited today is a potential recruit in 2010 or 2012. Old-fashioned machine politics may be over, but in a time when the election cycle never sleeps, yearlong organizing in the election off-season is looking like the political mechanics of the future.”

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The Republicans are giving us the Health Care Reform victory. The media are ignoring the organizing on the ground. Between Organizing for America (OFA) grass roots activism and the ineptitude of the Republicans as they lie to try to win a debate they cannot win, even with truth, we are looking at a slow and steady movement to passage of a bill with a public option.

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New Poll: Less Than Half Of Republicans Believe Obama Was Born In U.S.

How subtle are even the best-intentioned media efforts. Here we show a beleaguered Obama, weighed down presumably by the falsity of his opposition, by the palpable hatred that is displayed when one is literally deemed to be Ralph Ellison’s invisible man.

Well, this is half drama that Obama rightfully says NO to. And half indication of a struggle which neither he nor we can avoid.

The struggle has three objects.

1. Not to get submerged in this.

2. Not to allow forces of hate and obfuscation to gain cultural and political power.

3. To accomplish 1 & 2 by achieving the Obama Agenda for health care reform, a green economy and fiscal responsibility. And winning in 2010.

Not easy. But doable. You got a glimmer of doability at last night’s Pete Seeger 90th birthday telecast from MSG.

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Dobbs’ Ratings Take A Hit Over “Birther” Controversy

Lou Dobbs continues to exert power after having proved a facile apostle, not of conservatism but of know-nothing pre-fascism. Our nation is never entirely exempt from the possibility that know-nothings will achieve political sway.

When FOX turns itself into a laughing-stock because of its excesses, this is less dangerous than a channel like CNN countenancing a Lou Dobbs.

The fault lies clearly and inexorably with CNN.

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Conservative Democrats Most Vulnerable If Health Reform Fails

Wonder if the Blue Dogs will listen?

What strikes me about them is that they are living in the past. But evidently they are not learning.

There are two scenarios.

The one noted in this article.

And the possibility that districts that tend to be conservative will flip red.

If health care fails because of Blue Dogs, a GOP resurgence might not materialize at all. Instead, things could move leftward and leave the GOP on its current downward trajectory and Blue Dogs officeless.

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Gates Says What A Lot of Us Are Thinking: You Prove It!

This is the first apposite comment I have encountered since the President’s first “stupidity” remark.

Let me connect it to my own perspective which is that the entire fabric of our metrosprawl society has its basis in the elemental fear and hypocrisy that the President’s remark nudged open.

I commend to all the readers of my blog at https://stephencrose.wordpress.com the link below to John Ridley’s HuffPo piece whose title is also the title of this post.
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