A reader pointed me to this DDN interview with Dennis Lieberman who ran for ODP chair
Q: Really? If you were state chair, you would not endorse in primaries?
A: I would try not to. I think we have to re-evaluate how we've done things in the past (given the party's failures). And this is a unique year.
In the past, we often didn't raise as much money as Republicans (and therefore might not want to spend money in primaries). But this year we can be very competitive on money. A primary can be good exposure (when you have) two great candidates.
Worth a read.
Just wanted y'all to know I have had several off the record chats today.
One thing on the record I can divulge is that Drew Tappan did leave the Brown campaign, and as of 3 days ago began working as campaign director for Bob Shamansky (Oh-12).
We will be interviewing Bob along with one of his primary opponents John Swords on Meet the Bloggers on the 16th where I expect to have even more off the record chats - because they are fun !
I also want to make mention of the fact that you too can talk on the record here at BSB. I have changed the right sidebar a little. there is now a "live discussions" list that shows the most recent commented story at the top going on down and how many comments for each story. Hope you find this an improvement.
- I mean, come on – the fact that I, Scott from Lorain, Ohio, could actually sit across the table from a Betty Sutton, Capri Cafaro, Ted Strickland, Subodh Chandra, etc. and have a dialogue with them? For a guy who can’t even get his local Democratic Party Office to return his phone calls or emails, that’s pretty cool stuff. I am involved in the process, rather than being regulated to just complaining on the sidelines. For me, the whole process is simply mind bloggling.
Read the whole thing, Law Dork.
kos is frantically spinning a pretty big loss for Ciro Rodrigues as
We did much to even the playing field even if ultimately we came up tantalizingly short.
So we didn't kill off Cuellar, but we gave him an ass whooping where none was expected and made him sweat
All I can say is WTF ?
Rodrigues lost by 12 fricken points. 12. Heck Rodrigues only lost by 0.5% in 2004.
You can smell the cognitive dissonance in that thread. The big bloggers pumped everyone up, wasted all their money and are now spinning something that any thinking person can see cannot be spun.
And rather than analyze why they keep losing they are off to unseat Joe Lieberman. I suppose kos will have folks waste tens of thousands more dollars trying to unseat a guy who is at least 20 points ahead of any challenger. What a colossal waste of time and money.
There are hundreds of races that are competitive must win in this country this year and instead kos has everyone working on the impossible, backed up by an 0-fer-my god record.
I can't wait until he has everyone spun that Sherrod Brown is gonna walk into the Senate. The damage they are doing to blog credibility is significant. At the end of the day everything is irrelevant if you can't win elections and constantly back losers.
I think folks have got to start taking the blinders off and begin realizing that 2006 isn't some gimme.
From WaPo's vote watch
Bill: S 2349
Vote description: Reid Amdt. No. 2932; To provide additional transparency in the legislative process.
Result: Rejected, 44-55, with 1 not voting.
Mike DeWine voted No
No surprise it was right down party lines.
Maybe Chris or Henry have something to say about this. Hopefully Sherrod Brown does.
Uh-oh. I think Clown Bob Ney might need a new excuse. In a soon to be released Vanity Fair article, there is this choice quote
Most people I suspect think elections are about issues and candidates, and having strong issues that resonate, with candidates that appeal is a large part of it, but it isn't enough.
Now I am no expert on Texas politics but I have seen this result too many times to dismiss it. Crappy early ground game. Close elections are won and lost days before election day. The day early voting or absentee voting begins is when the election begins. That's election day. If you haven't done the ground work in advance of that and your opponent has, you're going to lose.
This has nothing to do with issues, candidates, or even ads. It's when you start.
The next aspect is the science of voter identification. Maximizing your exposure to those who might vote for you for the least cost, since resources (money, time and people) are finite. I'll be blunt here. Democrats have the worst voter identification files I have seen, and in Ohio it's even worse. Anyone who worked on the Kerry or RON campaigns knows this.
This leads to highly inefficient voter identification and lost opportunities. I wasn't surprised to see this article in the WaPo today.
Then to compound not starting early enough and targeting people with inaccurate data the problem gets worse. We ignore vast numbers of people and instead focus on getting out the concentrated blocks of people in our city strongholds. GOTV operations in places like Cuyahoga and Franklin counties are awesome. Step next door to Hocking, Perry, Delaware and it's anemic. We simply write them off because they aren't strong holds.
What we see time and time again is that we lose elections by the margins these smaller counties provide.
Whose fault is this ?
Well the timing of when to start the ground game seriously is the campaigns. The voter file responsibility is the state parties and it must become an integrated statewide system that is kept up to date and further integrated with demographics and consumer data to be effective. It's a laborious task that's expensive to do. It must be done.
Right now it isn't judging by the emails I am getting from congressional and state rep campaigns. Even if the task was started now it's too late to really make it better. We're going into November 2006 at a great disadvantage.
You and I however, along with county parties and to some degree campaigns are responsible for the failures in the smaller counties. If we don't build the party infrastructure in these places campaigns are not going to have the time and money to do it for themselves.
It is why efforts such as ODP's Victory Squads is vital. If YOU and I don't help rebuild these 60 smaller counties, who will ?
You still think 2006 is about candidates, issues and culture of corruption ? That's only half the story, the rest really is about US and what WE are going to do, and the clock is ticking.
I have to admit to being a little perplexed. Meet the Bloggers is open to everyone. Everyone. George has even been so open as to open the process to other regions of the state to increase access to it, to which we did a columbus MTB with Chris Redfern and Joe Sulzer. Next week we will be doing John Swords, Bob Shamansky and Zack Space in Columbus.
Not only that but folks who aren't present can even ask questions, anything they like by leaving them in the comments section of MTB. At the Redfern MTB interview questions were even asked live via instant messenger. You don't even have to be there to be involved !
So Chris and Henry are worried about stuff being "off the record". At what point would they consider a MTB recorded interview to be over ? As the candidate gets in their car and drives away ?
Does the PD provide transcripts and audio of their meetings with candidates who are looking for endorsements or just giving a story ? Do they record telephone conversations and publish them ? Of course not. To even suggest that MTB isn't open is ridiculous and I suspect a faux controversy to either drive traffic or to attack a growing political discourse that is gaining attention.
If you have a question, or Chris does, or even Henry they are more than welcome to either come along to an event, or if they can't make it, to send their questions in - get it asked and answered, on the record.
To close. Is anyone surprised that after a MTB events folks huddle and talk socially ? Or even politically ? Or that maybe some things a candidate wants to talk about is off the record ?
And like I said, if you too want an off the record conversation with someone after the mics are put away - come along to MTB and have one, or call them up, or email them. But if you just want to sit on your ass and not be involved in the process don't then pull the whiny jealousy card on those who do engage in this important civic process.
I'll now sit back and wait for Chris to produce all his off the record material from his trip to the ODP endorsement process, and all of Henry's stuff from his work for the PD. While I wait for that I am going to go make some off the record phone calls.
U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland told a closed-door Toledo audience over the weekend that he would hire ex-convicts for state government jobs if Ohioans elect him governor in the fall.
The Democratic candidate's remarks came at a private meeting Saturday morning with local political and African-American leaders, after Mr. Strickland was asked how he would help former prisoners find work and avoid returning to crime.
Mr. Strickland, a former prison psychologist, confirmed his answer yesterday but said its wording was perhaps "inartful."
"The point I was hoping to make to them is that people who served their time and are returned to their communities must become productive members of society," he said in a phone interview, adding that he was "painfully aware" of recidivism among ex-convicts.
Hopefully he was just referring to Republican ex-convicts.
Not good this.
No gubernatorial candidate responded to Mr. Strickland's comments yesterday. The campaign manager for Attorney General Jim Petro, a Republican, declined comment. A spokesman for Kenneth Blackwell, the Republican secretary of state, did not return a phone call. Democrat Bryan Flannery, a former state representative, could not be reached for comment.
The response will be in the form of an ad - I got visions of Willie Horton.
You would think given the appalling mess they have created at the BWC through cronyism and corruption and the mess they have created with the Ohio economy and stagnant wages they would be desperate to do something positive about it to benefit Ohioans.
You would of course be sadly mistaken.
House Republicans yesterday attached a state minimum-wage increase to a bill that would trim benefits for injured Ohio workers and save the state an estimated $100 million a year.
In an effort to take some of the steam out of a potential fall ballot issue that would raise Ohio
This awful story from the Washington Post just came over my RSS reader and I just had to shout out my e-window:
Retirement Fund Tapped to Avoid National Debt Limit
The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last month's decision to suspend investments in a retirement savings plan held by government employees.
In a letter to Congress this week, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said he would rely on the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund to avoid bumping up against the statutory debt limit. He said the Treasury is suspending investments and will redeem a portion of the money credited to the fund.
Once Congress raises the debt limit, the Treasury will "restore all due interest and principal" to the pension fund as soon as possible, Snow said. He made a similar promise when the Treasury announced that reinvestment of some assets in the Thrift Savings Plan's government securities fund, or G Fund, had been suspended.
What has become of this country? What kind of situation are we in when we can't live within a $8.2 trillion national debt limit and we have to pull out money from people's pensions???
Sure, Snow may put the money back in there but it's all accounting tricks. Check out these numbers from the Bureau of the Public Debt:
- 09/30/2005 - $7,932,709,661,723.50
- 09/30/2004 - $7,379,052,696,330.32
- 09/30/2003 - $6,783,231,062,743.62
- 09/30/2002 - $6,228,235,965,597.16
- 09/30/2001 - $5,807,463,412,200.06
- 09/30/2000 - $5,674,178,209,886.86
- 09/30/1999 - $5,656,270,901,615.43
- 09/30/1998 - $5,526,193,008,897.62
- 09/30/1997 - $5,413,146,011,397.34
- 09/30/1996 - $5,224,810,939,135.73
- 09/29/1995 - $4,973,982,900,709.39
- 09/30/1994 - $4,692,749,910,013.32
- 09/30/1993 - $4,411,488,883,139.38
The numbers bump up a little bit during the Clinton administration mainly due to Social Security but after that, it shoots up and we don't see any slowing down.
Hold your elected officials accountable. When you see a Democrat running for Congress make them understand this is unacceptable and if they get control they had better get this under control of they'll be thrown out as well.
Turns out there's a picture of Cuellar, who isn't a cell phone company but a Texas Democratic Congressman in a safe Democratic seat, hugging George Bush at the State of the Union speech, and that was all it took for him to earn the reprisal of the politburo that is the Kos crowd.
So Ciro, who is also not a mobile phone company but a Democrat who ran against Cuellar in 2004 and lost, and was running against Cuellar again in yesterday's Texas primary, became the reservoir for all that "netroots support" which so spontaneously bubbled up out of the Kos politburo. And guess what. He lost yesterday. Again. Cue the election fraud theories.
Which makes Kos 0-17 when he decides to place his Midas touch on a candidate (including Paul Hackett), 0-18 if you include Howard Dean's presidential campaign, or 1-67 if you count all the states in the 2004 presidential primary (the one win being Vermont, Dean's home state), or 2-67 if you count Dean winning the DNC chair.
So the only victory which the Kos crowd actually have under their belt is the one that has saddled Democrats with a chairman perched upon a paltry warchest of $5 million cash on hand going into the 2006 midterms, which is about what Mike DeWine has on hand for his race to keep his one Senate seat in Ohio.
The reason I write this on an Ohio blog is that this is the crowd coming to our state in the fall. I don't know the first thing about TX-28, although I was in San Antonio registering voters on the Dave Matthews Band tour in 2004, which is probably more time spent there than the Kos crowd combined. But like TX-28, most of the people who are going to come play in our sand box have never lived here, never set foot here, never voted here, but will use Ohio as their own ideological purity playground, then leave after they get their jollies, consequences be damned.
And in Ohio, money is changing hands, which adds just that little extra bit of absurdity to the notion that any of the Kos crowd gives a rat's ass about the people and politics of Ohio, or TX-28, or anywhere else they don't actually live and vote. Which safe Democratic seat in Ohio will draw their ire next? They switched allegiances on Paul Hackett when Sherrod Brown hired Kos' business partner. Is Stephanie Tubbs Jones next, the safest Ohio seat? She's a hugging type. Tim Ryan, the second safest Ohio seat? And he's pro-gun, pro-life...better be careful with those bear hugs, Tim!
Kos and his ilk endlessly rage against the "beltway mentality", the "establishment" making choices for others...they have become a caricature of all they claim to despise, a small group of part time amateur Machiavellis with big megaphones whose hubris far outweighs the reality. They end up littering the Democratic Party with a ridiculous cycle of cliched ideological anger, then attempted reprisal, then schoolyard bullying, then bad blood, and then, as always....defeat.
Just like TX-28.
Joe Sulzer, candidate for OH-18 laid the smack down on Bob Ney today with the help of Chris Redfern.
Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer was joined by Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern in calling for Ney
I just got a call from Leo Jennings from the Dann campaign and Marc has also said he would like to do a Meet the Bloggers debate.
Exciting news I think. Stay tuned for scheduling details.