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2010 Will Be Primary Season

2010 Will Be Primary Season

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Published by John Brooks
More hypocrisy from Daily Kos on Gabrielle Giffords who they attacked the right on. They wanted to primary her out. Some loyality. Its Markos way or the highway.
More hypocrisy from Daily Kos on Gabrielle Giffords who they attacked the right on. They wanted to primary her out. Some loyality. Its Markos way or the highway.

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As we've seen these past couple of weeks, we've got a problem in our caucus -- while we have beenbusy stocking up on more Democrats, fact is the good ones are being swamped by the bad ones.Now we're at a disadvantage vis a vis AT&T. We don't have the millions to pump into campaigncoffers, nor the lobbyists to twist arms in Capitol Hill. And those Democrats feel safe. Many are in solid(D) districts and have no fear of the opposition. Or they are in tough districts, and think that they aresolid given the Republican alternatives. And that was certainly the case when we were in the minorityor even with our tighter current majorities.But things have changed. Democrats currently have a 37-seat majority in the House -- larger than anyenjoyed by the GOP during its reign of corruption starting in 1994. That means that if we win 32seats, well within the realm of possibility, we'll have a 101-seat majority in the House. Even if we gaina more realistic 20 or so seats, we're still talking a 77-seat majority.And that'll give us breathing room to begin holding our party accountable.Remember, we don't have the millions to compete with AT&T's lobbyists, and our best-craftedarguments can be easily ignored. All the while, Steny Hoyer buys loyalty by tirelessly campaigning andraising money for his fellow Democrats. So how can we overcome those obstacles?Primaries.So 2010 is going to be the year we pivot from taking control of our government, to holding outaccountable. Like Al Wynn this year, the corrupt, the tone-deaf, and the reactionary within Democraticranks will face the possibility of primary battles. The infrastructure we're building will be available forthose courageous enough to take on the entrenched elite. But when we have candidates that inspire,and can develop the alternate funding sources to finance them, the combined might of the Pelosis andHoyers won't be enough to effect change. Just ask
Donna Edwards
.So you're angry about the Democratic capitulation? Don't take it out on the party. More HouseDemocrats voted against this abomination than voted for it. The party isn't the problem, it's too manyof its elected members that have forgotten who they serve and why. Hint: It's not AT&T lobbyists, it'snot Steny Hoyer, and it's not access to their checks.You want to do something? If your local congresscritter is one of the bad apples, start organizinglocally. Plug into existing networks or start your own. Begin looking for primary challengers. Do thegroundwork. Don't expect help from the local party establishment, they'll close ranks. So tap intoalternate infrastructures. Find allies in the progressive movement. If your local shitty Democrat isanti-union, approach the unions. They'd love to send this kind of message. If the Democrat is anti-
 
choice, work with the women's groups. If the Democrat is anti-environment ... you get the idea. If youhave access to professional networks and money, start organizing those.Of course, this takes more than just bitching about your frustrations on a blog, damning a whole partyfor the actions of a minority more scared of Mr. 28% than of protecting the Constitution they swore toprotect. This takes hard work. But now is the time to start.And while people like me will focus on the task at hand this year, it won't be long after Election Daythat we'll start looking at the 2010 map, looking for those great primary challengers.Who to primary? Well, I'd argue that we can narrow the target list by looking at those Democratswho
sold out the Constitution last week
. I've bolded members of the Blue Dogs for addedemphasis.
Ackerman, Gary (NY-05)Altmire, Jason (PA-04)
Arcuri, Mike
(NY-24)
Baca, Joe
(CA-43)Baird, Brian (WA-03)
Barrow, John
(GA-12)
Bean, Melissa
(IL-08)Berkley, Shelley (NV-01)Berman, Howard (CA-28)
Berry, Marion
(AR-01)
Bishop, Sanford
(GA-02)Bishop, Timothy (NY-01)
Boren, Dan
(OK-02)
Boswell, Leonard
(IA-03)Boucher, Rick (VA-09)
Boyd, Allen
(FL-02)Boyda, Nancy (KS-02)Brown, Corrine (FL-03)Butterfield, G.K. (NC-01)
Cardoza, Dennis
(CA-18)
Carney, Chris
(PA-10)Castor, Kathy (FL-11)Cazayoux, Don (LA-06)
Donnelly, Joe
(IN-02)Edwards, Chet (TX-17)
Ellsworth, Brad
(IN-08)Emanuel, Rahm (IL-05)Engel, Elliot (NY-17)Etheridge, Bob (NC-02)
Giffords, Gabrielle
(AZ-08)
Gillibrand, Kirsten
(NY-20)
Gordon, Bart
(TN-06)Green, AL (TX-09)Green, Gene (TX-29)Gutierrez, Luis (IL-04)
Harman, Jane
(CA-36)Hastings, Alcee (FL-23)
Herseth Sandlin, S.
(SD-AL)Higgins, Brian (NY-27)Hinojosa, Ruben (TX-15)
Holden, Tim
(PA-17)Hoyer, Steny (MD-05)Kanjorski, Paul (PA-11)Kildee, Dale (MI-05)Kind, Ron (WI-03)Klein, Ron (FL-22)Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)
Moore, Dennis
(KS-03)
Murphy, Patrick
(PA-08)Murtha, John (PA-12)Ortiz, Solomon (TX-27)Nancy Pelosi (CA-08)Perlmutter, Ed (CO-07)
Peterson, Colin
(MN-07)
Pomeroy, Earl
(ND-AL)Rahall, Nick (WV-03)Reyes, Silvestre (TX-16)Richardson, Laura (CA-37)Rodriguez, Ciro (TX-23)
Ross, Mike
(AR-04)Ruppesberger, Dutch (MD-02)
Salazar, John
(CO-03)
Schiff, Adam
(CA-29)
Scott, David
(GA-13)Sestak, Joe (PA-07)Sherman, Brad (CA-27)
Shuler, Heath
(NC-11)Sires, Albio (NJ-13)Skelton, Ike (MO-04)

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