Carol Platt Liebau: Pull Up a Chair, Pop Up the Corn

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pull Up a Chair, Pop Up the Corn

It looks like Democratic rifts aren't just ideological. According to this piece by Jay Cost over at Real Clear Politics, the Democratic Party has competing organizational priorities. The result of the conflict between Howard Dean's "party building" approach and Rahm Emmanuel's emphasis on funding candidates is a strategic incoherence that may cost the party at the polls this November.

Again -- what's that EJ Dionne has been saying about the Republican divisions?


Blogger Duke-Stir said...

These divisions tend to occur when party activists are allowed to think for themselves and then have debates out in the open.

This, of course, is in contrast with handing over control of the party machinery to the "Moral" "Majority," followed by the Christian Coalition, followed by Karl's Kristian Koalition.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

You aren't trying to offend
Christians such as myself,
are you?

2:47 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

No. I am a Christian too. I simply despise the decidedly cynical way certain individuals like Rove and Ralph Reed (and many others) have manipulated Christian conservatives to advance their own political or financial endeavors.

They cash in on the zealotry they've whipped up and then laugh as it rips apart our society.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I support Ralph Reed and he
did not manipulate me. The
only one that I allow to influence me is Christ,the
Son of God. Christians aren't easily manipulated,
"Let everything be done through prayer and suplication."

4:36 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Why do you support Ralph Reed? Do you see him as a good person?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I am so happy to see Reed getting his....

A Texas Indian tribe filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and their associates engaged in fraud and racketeering to shut down the tribe's casino.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I support Ralph Reed because he hasn't been convicted of anything in court. He says that he is innocent and I will believe him until or unless evidence proves otherwise.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

"I am so happy to see Reed getting his...." I thought
you believed in the rule of
law which says that you are
innocent until proven guilty. Is he guilty in your eyes, and if so, what
evidence do you have to
prove that?

8:11 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Have they read ANY of Abramoff's emails on Faux News?

8:14 PM  
Blogger Clark Clifford said...

Funny. Cliff's logical argument of innocent until proven guilty generally doesn't apply to black and latino men accused of crimes but it does when those who share his faith or "reasoning" pattern are accused.
In my America Cliff you are free to express your opinion even if you are wrong. In one run by men like Doug Coe or Ralph Reed dissentors would once again get the Zyklon

5:32 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Are you accusing me of being Prejudiced against blacks and latinos? I attend a Christian church that is mostly made up of minorities. A good mix of latinos and blacks, whites are in the minority.

7:01 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

How amusing that the people so righteously demanding that we assume Ralph Reed is innocent until he's been tried and convicted are the same people who believe the government should have the right to torture and imprison forever anyone they choose to call a terrorist.

Oh, but those people are brown, so it's okay.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Again, are you calling me and my Christian friends

7:24 AM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

In a word Cliff, yes.

In more words, speaking for my colleague, Mr Clifford, to maintain your privilege in society those who feel much like you do about immigration, the Geneva Conventions as they apply to terrorists in Gitmo or even the Voting Rights Act are in some measure racist. And in this I mean they want their race through Christianity in "control". Once America decides the Constitution is a document that is no longer living and inclusive freedom and democracy will die at the hands of ideologues, whether they be religious in public and evil in private or just evil, period.

Take a moment and Google (tm) the Constitution Restoration Act of 2005. And then tell me why America would possibly need such a law in a nation of over 200 million Christians?

Qu'ul cuda praedex nihil!

Cavalor Epthith
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork

12:10 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Oh, but those people are brown, so it's okay.

What is the deal with "brown"? Other than coming from the Left side of the aisle, I never hear it. Ever.

So what's the deal? Y'all say it so glibly.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Republican policies by and large just happen to negatively impact a disproportionate number of people with dark pigmentation. It's really just a coincidence, but one worth pointing out.

9:49 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

But why the obsession over "brown" or "brown people" specifically. What is it supposed to mean?

Is it supposed to be clever in some way I don't grasp?

4:38 AM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

If I may, it "brown" covers a broad swath of people in America the disenfranchised African Americans Latinos and Native Americans who have had to suffer at the hands of the majority, for clarity white persons, dedicated to preserving their privilege, control and dominance of all sectors of life in America. Conservatives, who were democrats in the 40s 50s and 60s were of the same stripe they are now as members of the GOP, deeply religious, assuming the moral high ground on most issues but now quiet on their desire to distance themselves from the painful issues of race and class facing America.

The phrase comes from the "left" so often because the "right" has nothing to gain discussing race and does not seek to pass any legislation restoring faith in government for "brown" people. The attempt to water down the Voting Rights Act just this week past bears this out. A lot of Southern republicans for and every one else against.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Correct, Cavalor. I should have been more direct and less wry in my post.

There are no coincidences, as Our Great Leader and members of his party would have us believe. After LBJ signed the civil rights legislation into law, a great number of Democrats, especially southern "yellow dog" Democrats, began switching to the Republican Party.

They were wooed by the Republicans' Southern Strategy, an open attempt to cultivate, and then reap from, white disenfranchisement and hostility for the societal changes wrought by the end of Jim Crow.

Now the Republican Party wishes to pretend like that era never occurred, or at least that it is ancient history that should be forgotten. Ken Mehlman recently made a lukewarm apology to the black community for this ploy.

The problem is that its echoes are alive and well in the policies of today's Republican Party, from the minimum wage, to health care, to yes, the resistance of Southern Republicans to re-upping the Voting Rights Act. All of this, of course, is couched in the rhetoric of less government and free enterprise, but is really a way of preserving the status quo that has served them so well.

And a crucial element of its continuing success is everyone's silence about race.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Curious there is no comment on the unspeakable topic of race. Then again how can anyone defend unearned privilege, or worse crownless hegemony derived from one's skin pigmentation?

12:51 PM  

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