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jumptheshadow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:05 PM
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A Note to the DNC
I just got a call from a DNC volunteer/staff member who was fundraising for an advertising campaign promoting healthcare reform.

A note to the DNC: When a potential donor asks you if the ads will stress a public option, and you, in all honesty, cannot say that they do, then do not finish the thought with this statement:

"Well, we've been talking around here, and many of us are in agreement that the perfect can't be the enemy of the good."

Thank you, first of all, for caring enough to call strangers to ask for money. We appreciated it when you said you carried a sign supporting the public option at a couple of town hall meetings.

However, please understand that many of US agree that a bill without a public option will:

1) Wind up failing and will eventually defeat many Democratic candidates,

2) Is a HUGE gift to the insurance companies, who don't deserve it, except for the fact that they have paid off many of our legislators,

3) Is a compromise in the first place, and if not strongly supported, indicates that you have no backbone. How much ground can you give up? Come on, folks, stand your ground here,

4) Is morally and ethically objectionable, and,

5) Is just plain dumb, and will keep this country mired in quicksand.

Having said that, thank you for caring enough to call. Please, think twice before using the "perfect is the enemy of the good" argument. It's just plain wrong in this context.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:07 PM
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1. Recommending...I hate that argument they use.
Last time they called I asked almost the same question. I asked in effect if they were taking a stand, drawing a line in the sand over the public option. I got basically the same response. Sort of a let's not make waves thing.

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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:14 PM
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3. but, but so many tell me the WH really, really wants the PO!
How can the Presidents own party be against it? It can't possibly be true that the DNC is making such callS! After all the president is the head of the party! :sarcasm:
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endless october Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:10 PM
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2. cosign.
they already gave TOO MUCH ground by starting the debate with single payer off the table. really? why did you do that? you have 60 FRIGGIN' SEATS.

no public option? seriously? you call that "the good?"

fuck that.
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Pyrzqxgl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:19 PM
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4. Tell these people that you know at least one life long Democrat
that will not stand up for my party if it's going to cater to corporate interests in the
insurance industry & has people in it (The Blue Dogs) that remind me of the George Eastland,
John Stennis, Strom Thurmond wing of our party that I thought had left long ago.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:35 PM
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5. Haven't got the call,yet,
but I'll ask them if they think the "useless is as good as the useful".
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