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Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss. WaPo's Cilizza:

The Fund For America, a Democratic-aligned group organized to disburse contributions from wealthy individuals to progressive organizations, will close its doors Thursday.

The announcement is expected to be made tomorrow; the decision will be attributed to the difficult environment for soliciting major contributions. That environment was largely created by Barack Obama, who publicly declared he was did not want his donors funding outside organizations; instead, the presumptive Democratic nominee said he wants donors spending all of their time collecting cash for his campaign.

Predictable and predicted.

We can only hope, with Taylor Marsh, that "it's nice the shark is on our side this time" on matters like, oh, universal health care (now that FISA is a lost cause). But for those who remember FDR's words -- "Now out out and make me do it" -- it might be wise to start thinking what "on our side" might mean in practice, concretely.... Somebody's got to, eh?

NOTE Zappa lyrics:
Raisin' it up
Waxen it down
In a little white box
That I can sell uptown

By myself I wouldn't
Have no boss,
But I'd be raisin' my lonely
Dental Floss

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gqmartinez's picture
Submitted by gqmartinez on

Well, some of us are only doing so tepidly, so I guess we get a pass.

In my view, part of the problem with the conservative movement was that they aligned almost exclusively with the GOP in latter years. The early part was spent trying to sway public opinion, and they did on many issues. After about 30 years of amassing power, it only took Norquist, Newt, DeLay and co. ten years to squander much of it. Progressives seem to be doing it in a much more rapid pace.

Even when I was a Democratic partisan (as late as last year), I knew that a successful progressive movement should not be tied to one political party. You have to sway opinion more broadly. The new progressive movement isn't just hitching their wagon on a single party, but a single individual.

Cheer on, intrepid tepids. Cheer on in that quiet manner we know and love.

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Submitted by amberglow on

lost all leverage when you said you'd support him anyway.

Voting for those who are creating that demise is absolutely wrong and unsupportable if the issues matter to you.

DCblogger's picture
Submitted by DCblogger on

it ain't over 'till its over.

herb the verb's picture
Submitted by herb the verb on

Thanks for that Pruning Shears link. It builds slow but socks it to you in the finish!

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Around these parts we call cucumber slices circle bites

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

"...Democrats are creating a pool of thwarted activists. Such people are primed to create new realities or respond to the latest version of a quirky billionaire with homemade charts."

Anyone got any leads?

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Submitted by amberglow on

of Clinton supporters are backing Obama, according to this new poll--that's very low, and if accurate would mean that 9 million Democrats (reliable voters) are not onboard the Unity bus.

gqmartinez's picture
Submitted by gqmartinez on

Doesn't Obama have commanding leads in the polls against McCain?

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

You have to read the link to appreciate it fully. It's made to read like there is a swarm of Hillary supporters jumping up and down for Obama. The article makes it sound like 53% of Hillary's supporters supporting the Dem is a good thing. Unbelievable.

But I guess we should all tepidly endorse this type of reporting. You know, because there are worse types of reporting.

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Submitted by basement angel on

Sociopaths don't get out while they are ahead. They get out when they don't have any choice. Obama isn't going to back away or moderate because he's in this for himself. this isn't about principle. This isn't about making people's lives better.

Hopefully, there will be some kind of sensible revolt before the convention. It's going to get much worse with him before it gets better.

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Submitted by Fredster on

That environment was largely created by Barack Obama, who publicly declared he was did not want his donors funding outside organizations; instead, the presumptive Democratic nominee said he wants donors spending all of their time collecting cash for his campaign.

Then why were his donations/contributions/collections down so much this past month to where McCain almost caught up with him?

Could it be the big donors didn't like Obama's idea, or possibly some big donors were Clinton donors and shut the wallet completely?

Just askin...

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Submitted by Aeryl on

That Obama's donors have maxed out for the primary, while McCain's donors, who have been holding back*, have now opened the spigots.

They can collect money for the GE, but can't spend it till after the conventions.

*This allowed many people to believe that McCain had no support.

Bill Clinton for First Dude!!!