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goreo8 Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:08 PM
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NY'S LAMONT WANNABE
Edited on Tue Aug-22-06 12:03 AM by proud patriot
WILL NETROOTS TAKE ON HILLARY?

JONATHAN Tasini has less than a month to become New York's Ned Lamont. The Democratic primary is on Sept. 12, he's at 13 percent in the polls and he's just had his best fund-raising week ever online.

However, as Primary Day approaches, the "netroots" have yet to make the Tasini campaign a cause clbre, with all the money and press attention that doing so would mean. This, despite the fact that the centrist, Iraq-War-supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton, presumptive frontrunner for the '08 Democratic presidential nomination, should by all rights be a much juicier target for the "progressive" Left than the washed-up Joe Lieberman ever was or could hope to be.

Tasini, a union leader and organizer turned anti-war protest candidate, has some ideas as to why: Essentially, it all boils down to a lack of backbone on the part of progressives nationwide.

"Many progressives fear confronting my opponent's machine - which does take names and does keep lists," Tasini told me over lunch in the West Village last week. "People are hedging their bets - Washington is a place that hinges on access." Otherwise, Tasini said, "Why take on Joe Lieberman and not Hillary Clinton?"

He certainly has a point. If the progressive movement is really set on seizing control of the Democratic Party, Lieberman has always been an odd choice of targets - a has-been who lost bids for the presidency and vice presidency and who's serving out his time in the Senate until he can retire in some graceful fashion.


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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:10 PM
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1. According to DU copyright rules, you can only post 4 paragraphs and
a link.

And, the New York Post is a right wing paper.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:15 PM
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2. I won't use The NYPost to line my parrot's cage.
It's not good enough for her to shit on.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:24 PM
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3. Tasini is a real progressive, unlike war-lovin' hillary.
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zalinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:43 PM
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4. Sorry, but Tasini couldn't win in NY
too many red areas around the state. Clinton gets those red voters and blue voters, so what's not to like as a senator.

zalinda
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