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12.05.2008

 

Wrapup

Ahh. I just lost my wrapup on last night's session. Apparently, save doesn't always mean save on blogger.com. I will attempt to start over, but first I have to go kick a wall or something.

Comments:
That sounds REALLY frustrating... I hope you take a minute for your health to relax first.

In a likely misguided effort to help, here is some review/analysis from last night:



Disclaimer: this is excerpted from another comment I just posted in the WG blog, thought it might be of interest here as well, would be glad to hear other's views of last night.

Progressives tried, in good faith, to work things out in many races, many times, and we were repaid, over and over, with treachery, lies, and bold political aggression. So the answer to the question is, No, we can't be civil because Democrats decided not to be.

For example... At the discussion last night, Rep. Donovan seemed to think that the 2002 redistricting/gerrymandering fiasco that cost Burlington a District was somehow the doing of Republicans and Progressives working in secret!

What an incredible rewrite of history! It was and is common knowledge that it was John Tracy and the "blue dog Dems" who engineered the final result as a personal payback to Bernie for supporting various candidates John had to run against... the seat was held by Carina Driscoll, who happens to be Bernie's step-daughter. I am surprised Johanna doesn't know this...

The biggest surprise of the evening had to be Rep. Donovan's frank admission that the D's strategy on the Health Care bill last time was WRONG, and that Catamount Healthcare is a fiasco. Gee, thanks, now can you DO something about that with your "party people"?

Otherwise it was the same platitudes about incrementalism... the "Affordable" Housing bill was the best we could do and has many important almost-done things in it! Half-baked is better!

I come away more sure than ever that, despite the good individuals who participate in the Democratic Party (like Rep. Donovan), the *moving* of the "big tent" to accommodate centrist views leaves progressives "out in the rain", and that we need our own tent more than ever, to eventually replace the one carried away by neo-libs/DLC types.

I believe Jake set the tone last night for the upcoming City Meeting Elections... and it's not nice. Watch your back, and keep your head down if you are afraid.
 
We Progressives are totally willing to work with Democrats as long as they agree with everything we say, step aside when we want to run for an office and allow us to constantly insult and undermine them without fighting ever back.

It's THAT simple.
 
Perkinson sounds like a take-no-prisoners type and he's not thinking Repubs.
 
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"We Progressives are totally willing to work with Democrats as long as they agree with everything we say, step aside when we want to run for an office and allow us to constantly insult and undermine them without fighting ever back.
It's THAT simple."

Ditto. But you forgot one thing: "Besides, we're morally superior to Democrats."
 
Intellectually superior too, apparently.
 
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