Focus on Disney is playing their game

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

I agree with k / o completely:
>My impression of the pulse of the netroots is that all-Disney all-the-time has actually been a net negative. I’m sure GOP strategists are happy that netroots diarists are talking about Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright today and not vulnerable GOP incumbents. I wrote a piece yesterday on dKos called outrage and infrastructure. In retrospect, it was too gentle and considered.
>If you measure this weekend simply by the yardstick of whether the netroots pushed the name recognition of vulnerable GOP incumbents: this weekend is a huge loss. Most of the GOP incumbents we are trying to defeat this fall…incumbents like Anne Northup, Jon Porter, Deborah Pryce, Thelma Drake, Cathy McMorris, Mike Ferguson, Nancy Johnson…are hardly known quantities in the national blogosphere. I would add that while each of these GOP incumbents have ample reasons we should oppose them: not a single one of those reasons has much of anything to do with the ABC/Disney movie.
>Why does the netroots go for these distractions every time? Well, the internet is an “eyeball environment.” No diarist at dKos likes to watch a diary sink like a stone. Every blogger likes to feel like they’ve got a hot scoop. The GOP Congress is a stale story. While no reader likes to have the name of some vulnerable GOP incumbent shoved in their face, here’s a companion truth: a hell of a lot of people spent a hell of a lot of energy talking and learning about Disney and ABC this weekend. Could some of that time have been better spent talking about J.D. Hayworth (GOP, AZ-05) and Charlie Bass (GOP, NH-02)? In my view, yes.

Let’s focus on what’s really important and free ourselves from the Republican frames of reference they keep successfully managing to impose on each election cycle.

Day of Action to defeat Richard Pombo

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

Just wanted to pass this along to Bay Area readers:

Help defeat “One of the 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress,” U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Tracy) this November by coming out Saturday, September 16 for a Day of Action to canvass and phone bank swing voters and Republicans in California’s 11th Congressional District.
Civic Park, 100 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566
San Joaquin Valley
Victory Park, 1001 Pershing Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203
Enjoy free food, drinks and travel hassle-free with five bus pick-ups and a shuttle service from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.
Reserve your spot by calling (925) 413-9521. And don’t forget your friends!
Can’t make it September 16? Don’t worry! We have Days of Action coming up on October 7 and the 28th. You can still help out by spreading the word!
Pick-Up Locations and Times
(please arrive promptly to make it on the buses)
San Francisco
Civic Center
99 Grove Street @ 8:30am
Drop-Off @ 4:45-5pm
MacArthur BART Station
555 40th Street @ 9:00am
Drop-Off @ 4:30-4:45pm
San Jose
95 N. Third Street @ 9:00am
Drop-Off @ 4:30-4:45pm
Ashby BART Station
3100 Adeline Street @ 9:00am
Drop-Off @ 4:30-4:45pm
Morgan Hill
Cal Train Station
17300 Depot Street @ 8:30am
Drop-Off @ 4:45-5pm
Can you carpool to the event? Let us know!
Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we may accommodate you (and your group, if necessary).
Taking back Congress from the grips of corruption starts in California’s 11th Congressional District.
Say “NO” to corruption. Say “NO” to Pombo.
Organized by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (Pombo In Their Pocket).

Precinct walking for Jerry McNerney

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

This is a quick diary to relate the experience xian and I had today walking a San Ramon, CA precinct for Jerry McNerney.
Short version: great experience, highly recommended.
Lesson learned: even if (like me) you live in a deep blue district, there may well be a red(dish) district a short drive away. And if there is, now’s a great time to go help give that campaign a little momentum.
Longer version:
After doing my first door-to-door for Kerry in ’04 up in Medford, I was hoping to find a nearby race that (a) matters and (b) is something less than 7 hours away. McNerney seemed like the best fit, plus he’s a pretty-easy-to-like candidate. (more info on that score over at
The Dublin McNerney HQ is a 30-minute drive from where I live near Oakland. (Specifically, it’s at 6250 Village Parkway, right off 580.)
The folks there were friendly and well organized. They were also flexible — I showed up long after the start time listed on their site and it didn’t really matter. I was there with a pal, but they told me for future reference that had I shown up solo, they would have paired me up with someone.
They gave us a list of about 380 Democracts and unaffiliated voters in San Ramon (the vast majority were Ds). The instructions and maps were straightforward — I’m pretty inexperienced in this and they kept it simple enough for a newbie like me to handle.
San Ramon is about 5 minutes from the Dublin office. It was beautiful there today — nicer than back in Oakland. Sunny with a light breeze and a real treat to walk in.
We covered about 200 of the voters on our list. Almost everyone had flags outside. Almost everyone had a dog. Not everyone was pro-McNerney, but just about everyone who was home was friendly.
Most folks were either neutral or anti-Pombo. Many were strongly anti-Pombo (we heard “that crook” pretty frequently). A lot of folks who were happy enough to vote against Pombo hadn’t heard of McNerney, so it felt like we were actually doing some good just by getting his name out there.
Back at the Dublin HQ at the end of the day, the field director happened to be there — nice guy. The candidate’s wife was there as well. We had a great chat with them for about 10 minutes. She was genuinely appreciative, and the whole thing made the experience feel 100% human.
So that’s it. I’m planning to go back. They’ll be sending people out every weekend. They’ve also got phone banking going on during the week in Oakland.
All this is to say: if, like me, you live in a blue district, call your local Dem party and find a competive race you can drive to. Impact the polls today and you’ll help build up momentum going into October.
And specifically, if you’re a Bay Area type, consider giving Jerry a few hours one of these September Saturdays.
As Kid Oakland said, we all live in Pombo’s district. (Btw, the candidate’s wife quoted that to me, which was a treat in itself.) This is our chance to contribute to an important race. Think of it selfishly. Me, I don’t just want McNerney to win — I want to be watching him win on election night and feel like I did something to help make it happen.

I do smell appeasement somewhere.

· dKo journal, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

Dick Cheney:
Some in our own country claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone.
Some in our own country claim conquest of Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the Bush Administration and get them to leave the rest of the world alone.
–There’s the recycled history of great-power appeasement. And they tell us to remember Munich!

At long last, have you no decency?

· Edgewise, Paleoblogs, Republicans

I don’t think Cheney’s getting traction anymore. Average Americans think he’s some kind of vampire/monster. Hillary Clinton and Hairplug Biden have both dissed him openly on the talking head shows.
Zach at Hanlon’s Razor has the right idea (Dick Cheney’s heart pumps bile):

Saying that Iraq is the War on Terror ad nauseum and that pulling out would be helping the terrorists is nothing new, but here we find Dick taking it a step further.

“Some in our own country claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone,” Cheney told a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada. “A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be … a ruinous blow to the future security of the United States.”

Pause, reflect, read for a second time. The Penguin is saying that there are people who want to pull out to make the terrorists happy. I will offer $1,000 right now if anyone can provide me any kind of evidence that he’s actually heard someone suggest that.
Of course, it wouldn’t be adequately Cheney if he didn’t add something even more retarded.

“They overlook a fundamental fact. We were not in Iraq on September 11, 2001, but the terrorists hit us anyway,” he said, in a reference to the hijacked plane attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

And the terrorists had no connection to Iraq. Hell even Bush said that. You could replace “Iraq” with any nation in the world and that statement would be equally valid. “We were not in New Zealand on September 11, 2001, but the terrorists hit us anyway.” Iraq != War on Terror. Get it through your head, asshole.