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Three Cheers for Louise M. Slaughter!!!!!!

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Louise Slaughter, chair of the House Rules Committee, has written an opinion piece for CNN:

It's time that we draw the line on this weak bill and ask the Senate to go back to the drawing board. The American people deserve at least that.

Not nearly as strong as I would like, but a tremendous shot across Harry Reid's bow.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

Sorry, DC, unless she's willing to vote for a bill the Senate will find unacceptable and against a bill they would find acceptable, I don't think it really much matters. It's just normal progressive posturing.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

I want to have the backs of people who are doing, in NY State Senator Eric Schneiderman's words, "transformational work".

OTOH, I am sore and tired of voting for folks who don't have my back.

On the third hand, I understand how being an elected official (as opposed to being an activist) requires tradeoffs.

I find that as a result, for a long time, I have been unable to identify with a party in this country.

And yet, I am willing to have the backs of people (I'll name some: Elliot Spitzer, Charlie Rangel, Tony Weiner) that some people want me to abandon. I find some resonance with this.

Although Rangel's about to lose me, if he doesn't show the stuff he used to be made of.

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

I have for years been a one-note soprano, singing the song of "the pathetic messaging of the left", and that great link from alnm just validates alot of what I've been saying. So, if a pol has a good message, and can COMMUNICATE it well, (a talent sorely lacking in many "progressive" pols) say Dean on "Klll the bill", or Slaughter on the House bill (btw, ty for your post, DC, I would have missed that), then I think it's OK to support that ONE position statement, especially if it can get attention, educate, or explicate a progressive position. Certainly we must hold our elected reps' feet to the fire, and we shouldn't slavishly heap our loyalties upon them, but IMHO the more good messages we can get out, the better, and then the window begins to open, if not move.

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Submitted by madamab on

is that if it's not backed up by actions, then it's just words.

If Slaughter actually does something concrete (and kudos to her for actually mentioning the abortion restrictions, which Nancy Pelosi could not bring herself to do), then I will cheer her. But not before. I'm all about the "show me" now. Too much water has gone under the bridge since 2006.

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

And it's true that we've recently been shown just how deep some of our so-called progressive politician's beliefs run, eh? But in recent years, the left has truly lacked in the ability to connect with people, and it's not, IMHO, that the positions are wrong, it's how they are messaged. Moving the window is a result of messaging, and in these times, I'll applaud the compelling message, just not necessarily the messenger.

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Submitted by madamab on

even if we may disagree slightly on methodology. :-)

But some Dems are excellent on messaging. This is one of Hillary's main strengths. Remember "Main Street vs. Wall Street?" EVERYONE picked up on it. The reason it was so powerful when she said it, however, is that she did so in order to sell her proposed HOLC legislation, which would have backed up her words with actions.

Of course her Corporatist friends in the Senate decided not to do a d*mn thing with her bill, but that was hardly her fault. And the message propagated.

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

messengers to get smeared by the right..(remember "Harry and Louise"?), and subsumed and marginalized by the corporatists in our (supposedly) own party. (See the spanking of Dean by the WH). The control and spin being exerted on behalf of the POS aka HCR, is an example of what happens when good messaging takes a back seat to money. Another reason to make the break now. Justice party anyone?