HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Why I choose to be a coun... » Reply #194

Response to pasto76 (Reply #167)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:26 PM

194. "if PBO had a house that would pass his agenda"

The Arkansas Democratic Primary was a heart breaking eye opener for the Grass Roots and Organized LABOR. We were given a Look Behind the Curtain,
and it wasn't very pretty.

[font size=3]We did EVERYTHING right in Arkansas in 2010.
We did EXACTLY what the White House asked us to do to "give the President Progressives in Congress that would work with him."[/font]

We organized and supported Lt Governor Bill Halter, the Pro-LABOR/ Pro-Health Care challenger to DINO Obstructionist Blanche Lincoln.
Halter was:

* Polling BETTER against the Republicans in the General,

*was popular in Arkansas in his OWN right,

*had an Up & Running Political machine,

* had a track record of winning elections (Lt. Governor)

*Had the full backing of Organized LABOR and The Grass Roots activists

*was handing Blanche her Anti-LABOR ass in The Primary until the White House stepped in

*Blanche had NO chance of winning the General in Arkansas

Guess what happened.
Our BIGGEST enemy to bring "change" to The Senate was NOT The "Obstructionist" Republicans.
NO!
Our BIGGEST enemy to bring progressive "change" to The Senate was The Obama White House!

The White House stepped in at the last minute to save Blanche's failing primary campaign with an Oval Office Endorsement of The Witch that Wrecked the Obama Agenda,
and Bill Clinton was dispatched on a Campaign Tour for Blanche around the state bashing Organized LABOR and "Liberals" at every opportunity.

White House steps in to rescue Lincoln’s failing Primary Campaign in Arkansas
"So what did the Democratic Party establishment do when a Senator who allegedly impedes their agenda faced a primary challenger who would be more supportive of that agenda? They engaged in full-scale efforts to support Blanche Lincoln.

* Bill Clinton traveled to Arkansas to urge loyal Democrats to vote for her, bashing liberal groups for good measure.

*Obama recorded an ad for Lincoln which, among other things, were used to tell African-American primary voters that they should vote for her because she works for their interests.

*The entire Party infrastructure lent its support and resources to Lincoln — a Senator who supposedly prevents Democrats from doing all sorts of Wonderful, Progressive Things which they so wish they could do but just don’t have the votes for.

<snip>

What happened in this race also gives the lie to the insufferable excuse we’ve been hearing for the last 18 months from countless Obama defenders: namely, if the Senate doesn’t have 60 votes to pass good legislation, it’s not Obama’s fault because he has no leverage over these conservative Senators. It was always obvious what an absurd joke that claim was; the very idea of The Impotent, Helpless President, presiding over a vast government and party apparatus, was laughable. But now, in light of Arkansas, nobody should ever be willing to utter that again with a straight face.

Back when Lincoln was threatening to filibuster health care if it included a public option, the White House could obviously have said to her: if you don’t support a public option, not only will we not support your re-election bid, but we’ll support a primary challenger against you. Obama’s support for Lincoln did not merely help; it was arguably decisive, as The Washington Post documented today:"

<much more>

http://www.salon.com/2010/06/10/lincoln_6/


When the supporters of Pro-LABOR Lt Gov Bill Halter asked the White House WHY they threw their support behind Lincoln at the last minute, rescuing her failing campaign, the answer was ridicule and insults to Organized LABOR and the Grass Roots for wasting our money.

Ed Schultz sums up my feeling perfectly in the following clip.
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/ed-schultz-if-it-wasnt-labor-barack-obama-

Those walking away from this disaster concluded that the Party Establishment would rather have an Anti-Working Class Republican sitting in the Senate Seat than an honest to gawd Pro-LABOR Democrat.
It was difficult to argue with this conclusion.



You will know them by their [font size=3]WORKS.[/font]



Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 250 replies Author Time Post
dawg Sep 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Sep 2013 #1
truedelphi Sep 2013 #2
DLevine Sep 2013 #3
liberal_at_heart Sep 2013 #4
grattsl Sep 2013 #5
DirkGently Sep 2013 #6
Warpy Sep 2013 #7
Fuddnik Sep 2013 #8
dawg Sep 2013 #10
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #62
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #100
Fuddnik Sep 2013 #126
MuseRider Sep 2013 #152
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #157
MuseRider Sep 2013 #183
GoneFishin Sep 2013 #9
haikugal Sep 2013 #11
Dustlawyer Sep 2013 #72
baldguy Sep 2013 #12
dawg Sep 2013 #13
Maedhros Sep 2013 #14
Hissyspit Sep 2013 #29
Democracyinkind Sep 2013 #103
Doctor_J Sep 2013 #41
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #102
Liberal_Dog Sep 2013 #130
baldguy Sep 2013 #135
Liberal_Dog Sep 2013 #145
Egalitarian Thug Sep 2013 #148
baldguy Sep 2013 #149
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #224
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #165
LondonReign2 Sep 2013 #176
MisterP Sep 2013 #15
dawg Sep 2013 #18
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #104
DFW Sep 2013 #116
MisterP Sep 2013 #226
scarletwoman Sep 2013 #16
cyberswede Sep 2013 #57
pscot Sep 2013 #131
libdude Sep 2013 #17
BadgerKid Sep 2013 #19
mick063 Sep 2013 #20
zeemike Sep 2013 #21
gopiscrap Sep 2013 #22
amb123 Sep 2013 #23
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #24
dawg Sep 2013 #25
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #26
dawg Sep 2013 #28
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #31
dawg Sep 2013 #32
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #98
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #115
disidoro01 Sep 2013 #122
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #132
disidoro01 Sep 2013 #138
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #140
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #151
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #159
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #161
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #202
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #215
Cryptoad Sep 2013 #216
DrDan Sep 2013 #27
cantbeserious Sep 2013 #30
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #33
MsPithy Sep 2013 #47
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #51
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #108
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #163
bobduca Sep 2013 #123
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #156
L0oniX Sep 2013 #160
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #166
dgibby Sep 2013 #34
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #106
99th_Monkey Sep 2013 #35
Phlem Sep 2013 #36
WillyT Sep 2013 #37
Douglas Carpenter Sep 2013 #38
lumberjack_jeff Sep 2013 #39
Scuba Sep 2013 #40
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #42
dawg Sep 2013 #45
Logical Sep 2013 #59
xfundy Sep 2013 #61
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #188
Zorra Sep 2013 #206
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #218
cui bono Sep 2013 #84
Arugula Latte Sep 2013 #170
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #195
cui bono Sep 2013 #207
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #212
cui bono Sep 2013 #228
Fumesucker Sep 2013 #229
RedCappedBandit Sep 2013 #94
Democracyinkind Sep 2013 #105
jsr Sep 2013 #244
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #155
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #172
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #174
Post removed Sep 2013 #189
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #192
Vanje Sep 2013 #197
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #209
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #191
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #193
ConservativeDemocrat Sep 2013 #198
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #221
bvar22 Sep 2013 #43
cyberswede Sep 2013 #56
quinnox Sep 2013 #44
Iggo Sep 2013 #46
DeSwiss Sep 2013 #48
99Forever Sep 2013 #49
MsPithy Sep 2013 #50
Douglas Carpenter Sep 2013 #52
Warren Stupidity Sep 2013 #53
quinnox Sep 2013 #54
macspanicattack Sep 2013 #74
Democracyinkind Sep 2013 #107
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #150
grahamhgreen Sep 2013 #55
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #58
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #63
azurnoir Sep 2013 #87
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #181
azurnoir Sep 2013 #184
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #200
azurnoir Sep 2013 #201
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #203
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #110
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #175
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #180
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #182
treestar Sep 2013 #127
SMC22307 Sep 2013 #60
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #65
SMC22307 Sep 2013 #68
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #111
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #158
creeksneakers2 Sep 2013 #64
Kennah Sep 2013 #66
GreenPartyVoter Sep 2013 #67
niyad Sep 2013 #69
myrna minx Sep 2013 #70
AllyCat Sep 2013 #71
macspanicattack Sep 2013 #73
scarletwoman Sep 2013 #77
macspanicattack Sep 2013 #78
scarletwoman Sep 2013 #80
macspanicattack Sep 2013 #81
Hissyspit Sep 2013 #89
Vanje Sep 2013 #162
bluesbassman Sep 2013 #247
Union Scribe Sep 2013 #90
macspanicattack Sep 2013 #91
Union Scribe Sep 2013 #92
LiberalLovinLug Sep 2013 #133
LondonReign2 Sep 2013 #179
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #185
WCLinolVir Sep 2013 #75
cui bono Sep 2013 #86
me b zola Sep 2013 #76
Fantastic Anarchist Sep 2013 #79
Agnosticsherbet Sep 2013 #82
dougolat Sep 2013 #88
Le Taz Hot Sep 2013 #83
mazzarro Sep 2013 #85
RedCappedBandit Sep 2013 #93
Ichingcarpenter Sep 2013 #95
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #96
sibelian Sep 2013 #173
Bluenorthwest Sep 2013 #220
Nanjing to Seoul Sep 2013 #97
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2013 #143
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #99
Democracyinkind Sep 2013 #101
djean111 Sep 2013 #109
unapatriciated Sep 2013 #112
TBF Sep 2013 #113
Egalitarian Thug Sep 2013 #211
TBF Sep 2013 #241
chervilant Sep 2013 #114
WorseBeforeBetter Sep 2013 #213
chervilant Sep 2013 #222
Nanjing to Seoul Sep 2013 #117
grntuscarora Sep 2013 #118
1StrongBlackMan Sep 2013 #119
dawg Sep 2013 #120
1StrongBlackMan Sep 2013 #121
leveymg Sep 2013 #124
marmar Sep 2013 #125
leftstreet Sep 2013 #128
bobduca Sep 2013 #129
ProSense Sep 2013 #134
Puglover Sep 2013 #136
Efilroft Sul Sep 2013 #137
LiberalLovinLug Sep 2013 #139
gulliver Sep 2013 #141
KoKo Sep 2013 #142
JoeyT Sep 2013 #144
noiretextatique Sep 2013 #146
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #199
noiretextatique Sep 2013 #250
kpete Sep 2013 #147
fredamae Sep 2013 #153
Blue_In_AK Sep 2013 #154
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #164
dawg Sep 2013 #169
Union Scribe Sep 2013 #177
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #236
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #190
Puglover Sep 2013 #204
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #240
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #237
WorseBeforeBetter Sep 2013 #214
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #235
WorseBeforeBetter Sep 2013 #239
Fumesucker Sep 2013 #217
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #234
Fumesucker Sep 2013 #238
pasto76 Sep 2013 #167
Exilednight Sep 2013 #168
dawg Sep 2013 #171
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #187
LineLineReply "if PBO had a house that would pass his agenda"
bvar22 Sep 2013 #194
JEFF9K Sep 2013 #178
indepat Sep 2013 #186
Oilwellian Sep 2013 #196
kentuck Sep 2013 #205
MisterP Sep 2013 #227
adirondacker Sep 2013 #208
RetroLounge Sep 2013 #210
yurbud Sep 2013 #219
jazzimov Sep 2013 #223
jsr Sep 2013 #225
Rex Sep 2013 #230
bobduca Sep 2013 #231
QC Sep 2013 #246
OutNow Sep 2013 #232
Celefin Sep 2013 #233
Capt. Obvious Sep 2013 #242
raouldukelives Sep 2013 #243
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2013 #245
Liberalynn Sep 2013 #248
WorseBeforeBetter Sep 2013 #249
Please login to view edit histories.