Progressives, labor, grassroots win in May 18 primaries

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Forget all the talk of anti-incumbent (and by implication, anti-Democrat and anti-Obama) sentiment in the electorate. The primaries May 18, which I talk about here, actually sent a much more interesting message.

Yes, there was the election of Rand Paul, who is about as looney as they come , but Republicans have nominated looneys before. What's interesting is that in most contested Democratic races, the more progressive candidate won. Randy Shaw points out that CNN had it all wrong, and refuses to acknowledge what actually happened. The Chron actually notes (in one of the few intelligent MSM post-election pieces) that labor, particularly the AFL-CIO, won big in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. In the only open house seat, the Democrats won.

In the Democratic primary in Kentucky, the more progressive candidate won. In Pennsylvania, the more progressive Democrat won. In Arkansas, a Democrat in name only is facing a runoff she might lose.

So the progressives and the grassroots organizers can get people to the polls -- if there's a candidate to vote for. What Nancy Pelosi needs right now is a good national issue to run on. Electoral reform, for example.

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Posted by Guest on May. 19, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

"What Nancy Pelosi needs right now is a good national issue to run on."

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(Sigh.) That makes it sounds like it's all about winning at all cost, party-line devotion and that stuff which has led us to the rut we're in.

She could run on restoring the US Constitution, what's left of it, for starters but then again, she has helped to shred the US Constitution so that wouldn't work. To those who have been paying attention since she became speaker, she would look like a damn hypocrite, especially after taking impeachment off her table. And she has no interest in the US Constitution, even though she took an oath to that document. She, like the other corporatist politicians, put politics above the US Constitution, which is the same thing their believers/supporters do...both D and R.

Whenever I have the displeasure of seeing that woman show up on television---and just before I walk away---she's usually standing in front of a wall of flags, just like under Bush/Cheney. Same thing for Bush3. He has a wall of flags behind him. That's more of that "Change we can believe in." Pelosi et al should be standing in front of a copy of the US Constitution since that's the law of the land. The flag is not the law of the land. But for corporatists like Pelosi, Obama et al (both D and R), the US Constitution really gets in their way. The flag sparks and represents nationalism, whereas the US Constitution represents We The People.

But the corporatists and the D and R paid party trolls who roam the Internet in migratory packs will make one think otherwise.

Posted by Sam on May. 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

COMRADE SAM...CUBA... Go there OR CHINA,

Posted by Guest on May. 20, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

Getting nominated changes nothing, it just gets the candidates one step closer to actually getting elected. Because the more progressive candidates tend to do well in Democratic primaries, this election may not mean anything at all, aside from the one Democrat who actually won a seat. Let's wait for November to see what, if anything, we can glean from election results.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on May. 23, 2010 @ 11:02 am