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Republicans Losing New Media War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Republicans Losing New Media War
Politico notes that as the 2008 campaign progresses, “it’s becoming increasingly clear that the absence of any websites on the right devoted to reporting — as opposed to just commenting on the news — is proving politically costly to Republicans.”

“While conservatives are devoting much of their Internet energy to analysis, their counterparts on the left are taking advantage of the rise of new media to create new institutions devoted to unearthing stories, putting new information into circulation and generally crowding the space traditionally taken by traditional media. And it almost always comes at the expense of GOP politicians.


Majority of Americans Not Fooled, Say More Drilling Won’t Reduce Oil Prices But Will Make Oil Companies Richer

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Majority of Americans Not Fooled, Say More Drilling Won’t Reduce Oil Prices But Will Make Oil Companies Richer
So a new poll finds that 76% of Americans want new energy technology over new drilling, and 63% think opening ANWR and OCS will do more to make oil companies rich than lower gas prices. Heck, 54% don’t believe that more drilling on government lands will make gas prices cheaper at all. Perhaps the village conventional wisdom that Republicans are winning the oil and drilling debate is as accurate as most

So a new poll finds that 76% of Americans want new energy technology over new drilling, and 63% think opening ANWR and OCS will do more to make oil companies rich than lower gas prices. Heck, 54% don’t believe that more drilling on government lands will make gas prices cheaper at all.

Perhaps the village conventional wisdom that Republicans are winning the oil and drilling debate is as accurate as most village wisdom?


Move On Ten Years Later

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Move On Ten Years Later

MoveOn can be tremendously successful without being effective.

-Chris Hayes describing criticism of Move On

I am a vociferous critic of Move On’s tactics of the past few years, believing that it has lost its way as an issue organization and instead largely became solely a Democratic cheerleader with little focus on issues. Chris Hayes, the editor of The Nation has a piece that sees good and bad in Move On:

What started as a simple one-sentence petition hastily posted to the web has evolved into the most readily identifiable group in the vanguard of a revived progressivism, with a membership that exceeds 3 million. Capable of dominating a news cycle with a single ad and raising millions of dollars with a lone e-mail, MoveOn pioneered an entire approach to conducting politics through the Internet that has been replicated and spun off across the country and around the globe, an approach that, as the Obama campaign has dramatically demonstrated, has permanently transformed the landscape of American politics.

More . .

Move On has changed no narratives on issues in my opinion and on many occasions has been harmful to Democrats politically. Thus, I think Hayes is wrong when he writes:

MoveOn’s success (and, indeed, its limitations) is powered by its appeal to today’s non-shouters. . . . For citizens angered, upset and disappointed with their government but unsure how to channel those sentiments, MoveOn provides simple, discrete actions: sign this petition, donate money to run this ad, show up at this vigil.

And this added up to what? On Iraq, Move On’s craven support of the Democratic Capitulation on funding proved that Move On was not in it to end the war. Indeed, Hayes writes as if this did not happen already:

MoveOn may soon be forced to define its relationship to a government controlled by its supposed allies in the Democratic Party–at a time when the party’s progressive base is increasingly frustrated about its failure to deliver the change it has promised

That ship has sailed. To Hayes credit, he cites John Stauber’s criticism of Move On:

According to Stauber, MoveOn has become “primarily a money-raising and marketing arm of the Pelosi wing of the Democratic Party. They clearly haven’t shown any interest in building an organization that would empower the millions of people whose e-mail addresses they have…. The so-called MoveOn membership is really just a group of people who are used for fundraising purposes.”

I am with Stauber. And I speak for me only at this site.


Thanks, Andrea

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Thanks, Andrea
MSNBC:

McCain campaign is criticizing Obama for being overseas while voters at home are struggling.

Apparently, since July 4 not only have we suddenly “won” the Iraq war, but the economy has soured so much that it’s inappropriate for presidential candidates to travel. Early July:


CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – Trade, drugs and immigration will top the agenda of U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain during a visit to Colombia and Mexico this week designed to showcase his foreign policy experience over that of Democratic rival Barack Obama.

McCain, an Arizona senator who has wrapped up his party’s White House nomination, was to meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and other officials in Cartagena on Tuesday and Wednesday in the first leg of a three-day journey to South and Central America.

Overnight
enjoy


How Wall Street Wrecked Your Retirement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

How Wall Street Wrecked Your Retirement
People are discovering they have been forced into a system in which others have gambled with their retirement savings and lost it.


There Used to Be a Ballpark Here

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

There Used to Be a Ballpark Here
Years ago, Frank Sinatra sang a song essentially in tribute to the sense of loss created by the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to Los Angeles. It was about sense of community, sense of being part of a group. Bill Bishop’s…


Indicted AK Senator Steps Down From Leadership Post

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Indicted AK Senator Steps Down From Leadership Post
The cookie continues to crumble for Alaska State Sen. John Cowdery (R), who was indicted on two federal charges of bribery and conspiracy earlier this month. Cowdery, who is set to be arraigned on August 11, stepped down from his…


Cancer center warns: avoid cell phones

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Cancer center warns: avoid cell phones
PITTSBURGH ? The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer…


Undecided

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Undecided
As an inveterate “stage-door Johnny,” I have hundreds of song lyrics floating around in my head and can produce them at a moment’s notice. Sometimes they jump out at the most appropriate time to describe a current event. In the case of the Iraq War, Sen. Barack Obama has said that even though the military surge ordered by President Bush and backed by Sen. John McCain has worked, he still opposes it. Would he have preferred all-out defeat or an endless quagmire, which was where things appeared to be heading before the surge? During the primary campaign, Obama said, if he were elected president, he would pull most — if not all — U.S. troops out immediately. He later added that before ordering a retreat, he would first consult commanders on the ground. Then he said he might have to “adjust” his timetable, which he said was 16 months. When the left went berserk over what it regarded as a broken promise to unilaterally withdraw, Obama said he was sticking to his 16-month timetable and had not changed his position.