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Warren DeMontague

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Suggesting that we've gotten some of our best recent leadership where people might not

have expected to find it, with life stories or characteristics that party conventional wisdom at the time deemed "unelectable", is not "the same argument". Not at all.

Rather it's a vindication, to my mind, of both the best values our party aspires to as well as actual American meritocracy in action.

But, I digress. I assure you I have no interest in punishing this young man for his last name. He doesn't get any bonus points from me for it, either, but I'd certainly give him just as much chance as I would anyone else. Hey- If he can lead, fucking AWESOME.

I admit I get a bit frustrated, around here, with this sort of magical thinking infecting some in our party that if we just could plug in the right set of variables, we could staple together the ideal Democratic Candidate, like Frankenstein's monster assembled on a slab. You know, the exact right percentages of looks and connections and geography and... whatever. Add to that the sort of almost OCD idea that having a magic last name on the ballot will translate into electoral victory.

To my mind, you don't list the requirements and then go searching for the perfect homunculous to slap up there on the stage and cash in the requisite votes. Leadership is an organic phenomenon. We need someone who can inspire, who can lead, and that may end up being a Millennial Kennedy or it may end up being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with the funny name. I don't know.

But I promise, if it comes up, I will give this dude a chance. While I'm not a fan of the one who is on the anti-marijuana legalization crusade, as a general point of politics I harbor no ill will towards the Kennedy family, believe me.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Mar 11, 2017, 09:00 AM (0 replies)

Dynasty wasn't even a very good television show.

It's a terrible principle by which to run Democracies.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Mar 11, 2017, 08:39 AM (3 replies)

Harry Reid: The DNC was "worthless" under Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 11:42 PM (4 replies)

He's like Godot, but shaped like a giant penis.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 05:49 AM (0 replies)

We need to stop overthinking these things and listening to the conventional wisdom.

You don't plug a bunch of variables into the "candidate machine" and get a winning candidate out the end like a frozen pizza. At best, you get a patchwork homunculous that doesn't stand for anything and inspires no one.

People want to talk about "finding that Obama magic again"? .... Conventional wisdom had Obama pegged as the WORST possible candidate, the one our party would be insane to run. NO WAY was "middle America" gonna vote for the One Term AA Senator with the name that rhymes with "Osama". No fucking WAY. And his middle name is "Hussein"? Are you out of your minds?

The Conventional Wisdom people, the people who try to design a candidate by plugging in the "proper" electability variables, wanted nothing to do with Barack Hussein Obama.

And those same people told us Kerry was a shoo-in. War Hero? Gravitas? Oh, and he voted for the Iraq War (yay!), so he can't be hit with Nineeleven, amirite?


That same conventional wisdom said Trump was FUCKED. Hell, I thought he was too, at least after the pussygrabbing tape- but remember all the jokes about "more electable than Trump"?


We need to put this bullshit beltway conventional wisdom crap out to pasture for good. And what we need in terms of a leader is someone who genuinely inspires and organically LEADS, and if and when that person shows up I guarantee you it won't matter what gender they are, what color they are, what their last name is or what state they're from.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Feb 7, 2017, 06:26 AM (2 replies)

I agree with you, they should add her to the list.

And then, everyone should move on from the election and look forward. There are millions of people who didn't vote for Trump who also didn't vote for Hillary. We really ought to try and figure out ways to appeal to, or at least reason with, those people. We need to expand our leadership bench, particularly including younger voices, west coast voices, people who aren't afraid to lead, who actually understand the philosophical trends of the electorate.

I don't know about you, but I'm old. I'm okay with the fact that this isn't, really, my century. It's not Donald Trump's century, either. It's not Hillary Clinton's and its not Bernie Sanders's.

This century belongs, first and foremost, to those born in it. Maybe those born in the last decade or so of the last one.

Maybe, just maybe, time for the rest of us to accept the facts and shuffle on a bit. At least make a little more room for these whippersnappers.

Hillary isn't running again. Neither is Bernie Sanders. The primaries are over, so is the election.

But whether or not they add HRC to the list, there are going to be a shit-ton of people at that march, because despite our internal differences there are way more of us than there are of them, and that's what truly matters the most- not who organized the march.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 11:53 PM (0 replies)

"The only people we hate MORE than the Romans, are the fucking Judean Peoples' Front"

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 10:27 PM (1 replies)

Maybe they weren't willing to "fix" the lyrics to Born in the USA for El Trumpo?

Born up in the rich man's crib
the first mil I got before I wore a bib
end up like a pig that's been fed too much
'til you spend half your life just sloppin' it up

I'm a Trump in the USA, Trump in the USA
I'm a Trump in the USA, Trump in the USA

Kids were going off to Vietnam
I had my own battles, here at home
sure its bad when the 'cong shoots at you
but I tell you what, the clap can hurt, too

Got my own version of the taj majal
see I'm a regular guy, just like y'all
I have a bathroom with a gold plated throne
I do my best tweeting in there, alone

Trump, in the USA ..etc

I'm pretty classy, don't say that I'm not
you should see my daughter- totally hot
Maybe I'll bend the Constitution until it breaks
but I'll get you a deal on some premium steaks

Come back down to Washington DC
For some reason the oval office smells kinda like pee
4 long years, I know you're quite tense
it's pretty bad, when you wish I were Pence

Trump in the USA
I'm a shit-tweetin' Trumpy in the USA
Trump in the USA etc. etc.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 07:45 PM (0 replies)

Penthouse puts up $ to get Trump evidence, while Gail Dines helps write the GOP Platform

remind me again who is on our side and who isn't?

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Jan 14, 2017, 06:18 PM (0 replies)

Orrin Hatch's #1 priority for the incoming DOJ? "Obscenity". Hatch simply ADORES Dines' work.



Gail Dines' language on the topic was incorporated verbatim into the GOP platform.

Susan Brownmiller- remember her?- is "cautiously optimistic" about the incoming Trump Administration.

So. Can we please do away with the fucking tired fiction that these Republican allies and those that carry water for them are anything but enablers of the religious right, already?
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Jan 11, 2017, 01:39 AM (0 replies)
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