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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 04:41 PM
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How Much Damage Can Bad Democrats Really Do? Take The Keystone XL Pipeline For Example
http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-much-da...



Not counting Lieberman-- and why should anyone?-- only two Democrats, Mark "Blanche Lincoln" Pryor (AR) and Ben Nelson (NE), joined the Senate Republicans to kill President Obama's proposal to save teacher and first responder jobs. A week earlier, another conservative Senate Democrat, Jon Tester (MT), voted against the whole package, along with Nelson. That was the week that the DSCC wrote Nelson a $600,000 check for a coordinated ad campaign for his reelection. Have you contributed any money to the DSCC? Some of it went to help reelect ole Ben, the Democrat who, year after year after year, votes most frequently with the GOP on the important issues of the day-- like Choice. He's vehemently opposed to women making decisions about their own health... just like Republicans are. According to the Progressive Punch crucial votes score, Nelson's lifetime voting record shows that he's been with the GOP just over 55% of the time. Even imagine your DSCC contributions were going for that?

The DCCC is even worse. They spend almost all of your contributions on bolstering Blue Dogs who are forever tugging the caucus rightward and then voting with the Cantor or Boehner. This year, for example, Oklahoma Blue Dog Dan Boren only managed to vote with the Democrats-- again just taking into account the crucial votes, not the naming of post offices-- a stunning 17.17%. He was the worst-- and, thankfully, he's finally retiring from Congress-- but Jason Altmire isn't planning on going anywhere but back to Congress and his score was 21.43% this year. Yes, that contemptible little Blue Dog that the DCCC has lavished millions of dollars on voted with Cantor and Boehner against progressive issues over 78% of the time. Joe Donnelly, an execrable Indiana Blue Dog-- and another recipient of truckloads of DCCC cash-- voted with the Republicans over 70% of the time this year. He's being rewards with a Senate nomination. Blue Dogs John Barrow (GA), Heath Shuler (NC), Henry Cuellar (TX), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Mike Ross (AR), Tim Holden (PA) have all voted more frequently with the GOP than with the Democrats this year.

Next week the DCCC has invited congressional candidates to come to Washington for a powwow. Introducing candidates to the Blue Dog caucus... the two dozen "Democrats" who consistently vote with the GOP and take massive legalistic bribes from the banksters and corporate criminals? That's supposed to be a good idea? A friend in DC, who is helping Blue America's Bad Dogs campaign this year, sent me this Wall Street Journal story today about how else Blue Dogs can screw up the Democratic Party-- and the country-- even without a recorded vote.

TransCanada Corporation today announced that a group of twenty-two Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives urged U.S. President Barack Obama in a letter to ensure that the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline project is issued because of the project's economic, energy and national security benefits.


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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 04:49 PM
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1. The Tent is too big.
In a world of 2 party politics this is the way it works out.

Many, many moderate dems should be & advocate for repeblicans.

Oh well.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 04:55 PM
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2. The inappropriate ties run deep.
Hillary Clinton Has Deep Ties to Oil Lobbyist for TransCanada Pipeline
http://news.change.org/stories/hillary-clinton-has-deep...

Hillary Clintons State Department Sued Over Failure To Reveal Contacts With TransCanada Lobbyist
http://dirtyoilsands.org/blog/article/hillary_clintons_...

Hillarys legacy rests on fixing tainted pipeline approval process
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/19/hillarys_legacy_rests_o...
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 07:32 PM
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6. but but
Hillary is that arch liberal we should voted fer instead of Obama :)
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 05:04 PM
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9. LOL. Exactly!
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 06:40 PM
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10. Be careful
Even if you are female, you might get called sexist. Of course, the brown women whose lives were hurt somehow get overlooked.
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 04:58 PM
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3. The Blue Dogs keep their Democratic party labels only to subvert.
Edited on Sat Oct-22-11 04:59 PM by Mimosa
I could go into a long explanation. I think I understand why they keep the Ds after their names although their true allegiance would make them more comfortable as Rs.

LOVE the cartoon. :D
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 07:48 PM
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8. You wrote what I came here to say,
down to the cartoon comment. :toast:
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 05:16 PM
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4. Another example: Failure to pass the Jobs Bill in the Democrat controlled Senate.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 05:18 PM
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5. The real dagger in the back...
...was the White House's enthusiastic support for Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Primary 2010
when there was a good Pro-LABOR, Pro-HealthCare DEMOCRAT (Lt Gov. Bill halter) who was polling better than Blanche against the Republican in the General.

Blanche Lincoln had crowed about derailing the Public Option.

The White House even sent the Old Dog back to Arkansas to rescue Lincoln's failing campaign.

Adding insult to injury, a "Whitehouse Spokesperson" then ridiculed Organized LABOR & Grass Roots for "wasting $10 Million Dollars" by supporting a Pro-LABOR candidate against the White House's support for Anti-LABOR Blue Dogs.

SEE: Arkansas Democratic Primary, 2010.

Message from the "Centrist" Democratic party Leadership received Loud & Clear.


You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.

Solidarity99!
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 07:01 PM
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11. They call her Miz Blank for good reasons.
And the young Pryor couldn't carry his daddy's jockstrap. K&R for your post alone, Arkie!

:bounce:

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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 07:35 PM
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7. There is no such thing as a bad Democrat...
There are only terrific Democrats and even more terrific Democrats, anything else you hear is just propaganda put out by pony wanting dirty fucking hippies.

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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 07:12 PM
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12. I got an email from them recently
wanting me to contribute (I suspect they got my email from one of the many petitions that I sign.) I unsubscribed - but not before I added that I only support PROGRESSIVE democrats!
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 10:43 AM
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13. If you Work for a Living,
...never, EVER send contributions to the DSCC or the DCCC.
They WILL use your money AGAINST your Economic Interests.
They use your contributions to fund Conservative Blue Dog candidates
even in local Democratic Primaries.

The DSCC and the DCCC have absolutely NO BUSINESS messing with local Democratic Primary Elections.

"Have you contributed any money to the DSCC? Some of it went to help reelect ole Ben, the Democrat who, year after year after year, votes most frequently with the GOP on the important issues of the day-- like Choice. He's vehemently opposed to women making decisions about their own health... just like Republicans are. According to the Progressive Punch crucial votes score, Nelson's lifetime voting record shows that he's been with the GOP just over 55% of the time. Even imagine your DSCC contributions were going for that?

The DCCC is even worse. They spend almost all of your contributions on bolstering Blue Dogs who are forever tugging the caucus rightward and then voting with the Cantor or Boehner.

<at above link>



THIS is the mechanism that the conservatives have used to hi-jack the Democratic Party!
The Pollyanna's who sing "All you have to do is get Liberals elected in local elections"
have No Fucking Idea that you have to FIGHT the funding & power of the National Democratic Party and the White House to get Real "Democrats" elected in local elections.

I had the unpleasant experience of witnessing the DCCC's treachery
in the Minnesota Democratic Primary 2005 where the DCCC used MY donations to crush the campaign of a local, grassroots, Liberal Democrat.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
(Rahm was the Chairman of the DCCC at that time,
and that is when I developed my deep, personal loathing for that piece of filth
Obama later appointed as his CoS.

let me repeat:
If you Work for a Living,
never, EVER donate to the DSCC or the DCCC.
They WILL use your money against you!




You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.

Solidarity99!
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