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Flying Squirrel

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Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 05:40 PM
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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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Am I the only one waiting for the other shoe to drop?

I love what's happening, but I'm worried because the news has just been too good. I believe Sanders is what this country needs, I believe he can win, but I'm like someone whose favorite sports team never makes it to the playoffs. I expect something to come along and dash my hopes any day now.

It will be a dark day in America if that happens.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 05:37 AM (3 replies)

"I'm sorry, but we simply cannot risk a Hillary Clinton nomination."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2183817

Came across this one while reviewing some DU history from 2008.

(I assume the 4-paragraph rule doesn't apply here since it's a DU original essay)

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I know that what I'm about to say will not be popular in some quarters. I'm also fully aware that it has been said before. And I realize that now is a contentious time here on Democratic Underground as everybody dukes it out over their favorite candidate. I've tried to stay out of that for the most part, but I can stay silent no longer. I feel I must say what I'm about to say in hopes that I can illustrate the danger we may be approaching to some of those who have not yet seen it or those who just plain refuse to see it. I am going to attempt to do this with reason and fairness, but I know that no matter how coldly I try to present the situation, I will be accused of built-in bias, of having been corrupted by the right, and probably of good old-fashioned sexism.

Also, before I really get into it, I need to make something else clear. I have nothing against Hillary Clinton, neither personally nor politically. She may not be my first choice for a nominee, but I do believe she would make a fine president if elected. On points where I disagree with her, I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because I am reasoned enough and seasoned enough to know that politics is often a game of compromise and that there will never be a politician I agree with on every single point, at least not until the unlikely day I run for office myself. And rest assured that come November of 2008, I will be voting for whatever democrat is at the top of the ballot and whatever democrats are below.

But all that aside, I still must say it: We simply cannot risk choosing Hillary Clinton as our nominee for the presidency in 2008. The stakes are just too high.

I doubt anybody needs reminding, but I won't let that stop me from reminding you anyway. Our country, the country we love, the country we would all fight and die for, is facing the greatest peril it has faced since the Civil War. Some would argue that it's facing a peril even greater than that, for which is worse: The country splitting into two democracies or staying together as a fascist dictatorship under the rule of an imperial "president"? A democrat elected in 2008 will begin to correct our course, but the likeliest republican candidates will, if elected, continue the march toward fascism, and I'm afraid that it won't be a long march at all. Those who think I'm being alarmist need to open their eyes and smell the secret prisons. Or the wiretapping. Or the preemptive wars. I could go on, but I trust you all know the score.

And it's because of these things that some say the presidency is already a done deal for democrats. The American people are ready for a change and the democratic nominee, any democratic nominee, will win the general election handily. I would say that our odds are good, better than they've been in a long time, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels, and now is not the time to take unnecessary risks.

It has long been said that Hillary Clinton is polarizing, but that term is misleading. The sad fact is that Hillary Clinton is polarizing within the democratic party. There's no polarization on the right. They unanimously hate her with a passion. They have hated her since 1992, and nothing has happened to change that. What has changed is the regard she is held in by democrats. Among democrats there is what appears to be at least a 50/50 split.

When someone brings this up, Senator Clinton's supporters often say that democrats who oppose her have been corrupted by right-wing slander, and you know what? Maybe they're right. We could argue all day what has led to the situation, but that does not change the fact that Hillary Clinton has strong opposition, stronger opposition than any other candidate, within the democratic party. This is a simple, obvious, provable fact and how we reached this point is irrelevant. Pointing out that water turned to ice because of the cold does not change the fact that it is currently ice. Every day here on Democratic Underground we hear a self-identified democrat say that they will not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. While I think this is horribly misguided, I believe that they are sincere. I am not saying they are right, far from it. But it is what it is, and we need to face that reality.

My mother, who is 78 years old, is a life-long democrat and she has never missed an election. I remember her taking me into the voting booth back in the days when they were curtained off panels of hundreds of mechanical switches and I could not yet even write my name. And she has made the same sad pronouncement we hear here every day: She will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Ever.

But on the other side of the ideological fence, there isn't even any debate on the subject. Republicans would sooner vote for Satan Himself than for Hillary Clinton. On the right, she is loathed with a level of vitriol that is as viscious as it is illogical. While their hatred flies in the face of reason, it is not hard to understand. The right-wing media (and through its echo chambers, the mainstream media) have demonized Hillary Clinton since she appeared on the scene in the early 90's. If there's one thing the right doesn't like, it's a strong woman.

And while it has taken me a long time to get to it, this is my point. Nothing will bring out the republican vote like a Hillary Clinton nomination. And nothing will keep democrats home like a Hillary Clinton nomination. This, my friends, is the ultimate recipe for disaster. Are we seriously going to let this happen? Are we going to let this happen when the stakes are so high?


(More at link)

Some things have changed, some have not. Some things have turned out differently than predicted or hoped for with Obama, some things have definitely gotten worse within the Republican party. Re-reading this OP and its responses at this time is definitely thought-provoking.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Jan 23, 2016, 09:02 PM (12 replies)

"I'm sorry, but we simply cannot risk a Hillary Clinton nomination."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2183817

Came across this one while reviewing some DU history from 2008.

(I assume the 4-paragraph rule doesn't apply here since it's a DU original essay)

------

I know that what I'm about to say will not be popular in some quarters. I'm also fully aware that it has been said before. And I realize that now is a contentious time here on Democratic Underground as everybody dukes it out over their favorite candidate. I've tried to stay out of that for the most part, but I can stay silent no longer. I feel I must say what I'm about to say in hopes that I can illustrate the danger we may be approaching to some of those who have not yet seen it or those who just plain refuse to see it. I am going to attempt to do this with reason and fairness, but I know that no matter how coldly I try to present the situation, I will be accused of built-in bias, of having been corrupted by the right, and probably of good old-fashioned sexism.

Also, before I really get into it, I need to make something else clear. I have nothing against Hillary Clinton, neither personally nor politically. She may not be my first choice for a nominee, but I do believe she would make a fine president if elected. On points where I disagree with her, I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because I am reasoned enough and seasoned enough to know that politics is often a game of compromise and that there will never be a politician I agree with on every single point, at least not until the unlikely day I run for office myself. And rest assured that come November of 2008, I will be voting for whatever democrat is at the top of the ballot and whatever democrats are below.

But all that aside, I still must say it: We simply cannot risk choosing Hillary Clinton as our nominee for the presidency in 2008. The stakes are just too high.

I doubt anybody needs reminding, but I won't let that stop me from reminding you anyway. Our country, the country we love, the country we would all fight and die for, is facing the greatest peril it has faced since the Civil War. Some would argue that it's facing a peril even greater than that, for which is worse: The country splitting into two democracies or staying together as a fascist dictatorship under the rule of an imperial "president"? A democrat elected in 2008 will begin to correct our course, but the likeliest republican candidates will, if elected, continue the march toward fascism, and I'm afraid that it won't be a long march at all. Those who think I'm being alarmist need to open their eyes and smell the secret prisons. Or the wiretapping. Or the preemptive wars. I could go on, but I trust you all know the score.

And it's because of these things that some say the presidency is already a done deal for democrats. The American people are ready for a change and the democratic nominee, any democratic nominee, will win the general election handily. I would say that our odds are good, better than they've been in a long time, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels, and now is not the time to take unnecessary risks.

It has long been said that Hillary Clinton is polarizing, but that term is misleading. The sad fact is that Hillary Clinton is polarizing within the democratic party. There's no polarization on the right. They unanimously hate her with a passion. They have hated her since 1992, and nothing has happened to change that. What has changed is the regard she is held in by democrats. Among democrats there is what appears to be at least a 50/50 split.

When someone brings this up, Senator Clinton's supporters often say that democrats who oppose her have been corrupted by right-wing slander, and you know what? Maybe they're right. We could argue all day what has led to the situation, but that does not change the fact that Hillary Clinton has strong opposition, stronger opposition than any other candidate, within the democratic party. This is a simple, obvious, provable fact and how we reached this point is irrelevant. Pointing out that water turned to ice because of the cold does not change the fact that it is currently ice. Every day here on Democratic Underground we hear a self-identified democrat say that they will not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. While I think this is horribly misguided, I believe that they are sincere. I am not saying they are right, far from it. But it is what it is, and we need to face that reality.

My mother, who is 78 years old, is a life-long democrat and she has never missed an election. I remember her taking me into the voting booth back in the days when they were curtained off panels of hundreds of mechanical switches and I could not yet even write my name. And she has made the same sad pronouncement we hear here every day: She will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Ever.

But on the other side of the ideological fence, there isn't even any debate on the subject. Republicans would sooner vote for Satan Himself than for Hillary Clinton. On the right, she is loathed with a level of vitriol that is as viscious as it is illogical. While their hatred flies in the face of reason, it is not hard to understand. The right-wing media (and through its echo chambers, the mainstream media) have demonized Hillary Clinton since she appeared on the scene in the early 90's. If there's one thing the right doesn't like, it's a strong woman.

And while it has taken me a long time to get to it, this is my point. Nothing will bring out the republican vote like a Hillary Clinton nomination. And nothing will keep democrats home like a Hillary Clinton nomination. This, my friends, is the ultimate recipe for disaster. Are we seriously going to let this happen? Are we going to let this happen when the stakes are so high?


(More at link)

Some things have changed, some have not. Some things have turned out differently than predicted or hoped for with Obama, some things have definitely gotten worse within the Republican party. Re-reading this OP and its responses at this time is definitely thought-provoking.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Jan 23, 2016, 08:58 PM (2 replies)

Ur foan? Havnt seen it.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Jan 22, 2016, 06:57 AM (3 replies)

So... Looks like the video of Hillary snubbing Bernie after the debate is gone

I wanted to show my fiance and get her opinion. But the two places I saw this video no longer have it -- a google search csme up with this:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2016/01/18/did-hillary-avoid-shaking-hands-bernie-after-democrat-debate

But that video was gone.

The video I originally saw on DU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511023169#post92

Has been changed and no longer shows the after-debate.

I know this is just a small silly thing but it bugs me that I can no longer find or access the video to show someone.

Any sleuths out there wanna try and find it?
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 05:02 AM (8 replies)

The most positive post I've ever seen

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 11:49 PM (15 replies)

"Even if Clinton wins SC decisively, the race will be far from over."

South Carolina is Clintonís firewall. The South Carolina Democratic Party is predominantly composed of African Americans, the backbone of the Democratic Party and a key Clinton constituency.

The Palmetto State is a must-win for Clinton. She can withstand early losses in Iowa and New Hampshire as long as she rebounds in South Carolina. As of now, Clinton holds about a 40-point lead in South Carolina polls.

But even if Clinton wins South Carolina decisively, the race will be far from over. The rising strength of the Sanders campaign reflects the fact that a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party is now under way.

Although Clintonís institutional strength gives her a clear edge in that battle, itís no longer a certainty that she will win the nomination. Sanders is mounting a far more serious challenge than anyone expected.


http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/great-night-in-south-carolina-for-bernie-sanders-could-be-a-turning-point-in-the-2016-race/

Having followed eight presidential elections, I agree with this analysis (although I've now heard two different stories about which state is her "firewall", SC and NV.) It's that old expectations game again. Hillary is expected to win SC, so if she does win -- even decisively -- it's not necessarily game over for Bernie. I personally have high hopes that he can in fact pull off a victory there (in which case it probably WOULD be game over for Hillary) but it's comforting to realize it's not a must-win situation for him as it is for her.

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(Edited to remove incorrect info about NV being after SC, not before.)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 07:46 PM (31 replies)

So, Hillary "wrapped herself in Obama" in SC

Chuck Todd's words... Personally, I just told my fiance halfway through that it might be time to start taking a drink every time she said "Obama."

It was pretty blatant and disgusting.

Hey, Black people, forget about the dogwhistles I was using in 2008... Obama and I are best buds now and that means you should vote for me (just like women should vote with their vaginas.)

Oh, and I'd really, really like to learn Spanish still. I'll probably learn a few phrases before I hit New Mexico.

I could have predicted this -- pretty much anybody could have, and some probably did. More of the same from her, although she did mostly keep that Southern accent in check. Must have heard that it makes her sound disingenuous or something.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:32 AM (7 replies)

How you see your candidate...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Jan 13, 2016, 04:02 PM (1 replies)

Hell has officially frozen over...

A Bernie Sanders post has made Teh Leftish Column.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251997793

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jan 12, 2016, 02:16 PM (3 replies)
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