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 below the fold...
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 below the fold...
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 below the fold...
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 below the fold...
Typically, one waits for seed catalogs in January before thinking about this stuff. But since I might have to order some trees from FedCo for spring.....
Obviously, this is very, very crude and doesn't have the careful division into zones and vistas of previous plans, but that can come later. (All that planning led to what I consider a massive success for the front garden this, or rather, last season; lots of pollinators, lots of flowers, and two -- or was it three? -- people I'd never met actually stopping especially to photograph it, despite, as you can see, its very small size.(
Here is a sketch of the water feature: Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Howard Dean throws Gruber (and by extension Obama (and Clinton)) under the bus
This is interesting. Mediaite:
Reacting Wednesday to the now-infamous “Gruber video,” former DNC chair Howard Dean said it demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act was written by “elitists” who don’t understand America.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the 2013 clip of Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explaining that a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the 2010 health care law passed. Asked for his reaction by Mika Brzezinski, Dean went off:
The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it. The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists two don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.
Dean was a long-time proponent of single-payer health care, rather than the standard insurance-based American system or its legislative overhaul.Read below the fold...
Carl Gibson, a writer blogging at Reader Supported News, provides an "Open Letter to the Democrats" giving his view of why they lost the Congressional Elections of 2014. He endorses the President's view that people didn't show up to vote because their choice of politicians didn't motivate them. And to this view he adds that the Democrats did not get his generation's support because they didn't “. . . get populist.” And he goes on to say:
2014’s low voter turnout was historic. Voter turnout actually hasn’t been this low since the 1940s. As Mother Jones pointed out, voter turnout for people under 30 was dismal. In this election, people like me only made up 12 percent of those who voted, while people aged 60 and older made up almost 40 percent of total voters. In 2012, when President Obama was re-elected and Congressional Democrats made gains in the House and Senate, millennials made up almost one-fifth of all voters, and voters 60 and older made up just 25 percent of the electorate, bringing us a little closer to a tie. It isn’t hard to see the difference – this year, Republicans steamrolled you, Democrats, because most of us stayed home and let our Fox-watching uncles and grandparents decide on who was going to represent everyone else.
So how do older people pick who runs Congress? Like every other voting bloc, they pick the ones who run on issues most important to them. And as Vox reported, data consistently shows that younger people want their tax dollars spent on education and job creation. Older voters want their money spent on Social Security and war. The Republicans who swept the U.S. Senate ran largely on fear campaigns over ISIS, promising to be more hawkish than their opponents in an eagerness to pour money and troops into Iraq and Syria to snuff out America’s newest boogeyman.
Contrast the unified Republican message with the profound silence from you Democrats on addressing the trillion-dollar student debt crisis, rampant inequality and underemployment, and your collective fear of openly embracing economic populism, and you cook up what we saw on Tuesday night. Older people showed up, highly motivated to elect war hawks. Younger people mostly stayed home, disillusioned with the only alternative on the ballot who didn’t even talk about the issues affecting our lives every day.Read below the fold...
Soldiers’ Soon Enough Epiphany
they trust one cares there on high
brass totem. Dream on.
Under coffin's lid
lies still another stiff kid
lied to by country.
vulture culture blasts lives gone. Raped
land left napalm calmed. Read below the fold...