Some days I feel a little like that Black-Eyes Susan (like I've got to rebuild the site so it stops crashing).
But sometimes I just feel like pushing upward: Read more about In the garden: World weary
The map below shows which party—and candidate—received the most votes in each county in last week's U.S. Senate election, excluding Democrats and Republicans. None of the candidates shown actually won. (Seats in which no third-party candidate received enough votes to register are crosshatched and marked vacant; states in which there was no race are left blank. Colors are randomized.)
It's actually a neat, neat research tool because you can hover over it and see the names of the candidates and their vote totals.* Here's the map: Read more about Map of the mid-terms Senate vote without legacy parties
Progressive Change Campaign Committee angles for a conversation, or a meeting, or a summit, or something, with the Clinton camp
Hillary’s critics on the left may finally have the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.
Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, one of the groups most closely associated with the so-called “Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” said his organization reached out to Clinton’s camp before the election and that a meeting was coming “very soon.”
He declined to name the Clinton advisers with whom he’s been in contact, saying discussions have so far been limited to “conversations about having conversations.” “We want to keep as open a line of communication with Hillary Clinton and her team as possible,” he told msnbc.
Well, is the meeting coming, or are they having a "conversation" (hate that word) about the meeting? Mush. Read more about Progressive Change Campaign Committee angles for a conversation, or a meeting, or a summit, or something, with the Clinton camp
Today's "front page":
Sometimes it’s like, what do you give the Drone Queen who has it all? You’re thinking, “yeah, I know you engaged in covert missions in Qatar, but are you sure all you want is The Hangover 3 on DVD?”
Gag me with a spoon. Couldn't Omidyar publish all of Snowden's files first, and then move on to the lighter stuff? Read more about So, is The Intercept morphing into Gawker?
Howard Dean on Meet the Press. Sure, the 50-state strategy was and is great, particularly since it sucked money away from Beltway so-called "Democratic strategists" but unless you think being a Democrat is good in itself -- granted, some do -- then you've got to talk policy, too:
[HOWARD DEAN: It was message. Sure, it was an off year, and we can make all these excuses. But the fact is, we have never been able to, and even through the days of the 50-state strategy and, you know, taking over the House, the Senate, and the president in four years, when I was running the DNC, I could never get the Washington Democrats to stay on message. The Republican message was, "We're not Obama." No substance whatsoever. "We're not Obama." What was the Democrats' message? "Oh, well, we're really not either." You cannot win if you are afraid.
CHUCK TODD: Did you use that voice too? I mean, is that--
DEAN: It felt like it. Where the hell is the Democratic party? You've got to stand for something if you want to win. ....
DEAN: We ought to be debating the fact that corporations are now controlling not only the Republican party, but the government of the United States. We ought to be debating the fact that the Supreme Court has deviated from the constitution on numerous occasions. I still have yet to find where the constitution says a corporation is a person. So there's a tremendous amount of debate here to be had. And those are the things our party needs to stand for.
Not hearing that from a lot of Democratic contenders. And now comes the Sherman statement: Read more about Dean talks sense, then makes a Sherman statement
Here we are, looking a bit drear, and not yet fully mulched with the leaves in garbage bags banking the house from last year:
Here's a sketch of my improved office area: Read more about In the garden: Next year's main garden (an aerial view)