November 11, 2004

In The News

Kevin Drum takes a look at inevitability of Congressional incumbency and proposes an end to gerrymandering. Not the first such proposal, hopefully not the last, either. Wouldn't we all be better off if our Congresscritters really had to talk to us, to seriously reapply for their jobs every two years? I bet more people would know who their representatives were, and that would be a good thing.

Digby has two must-read posts on the nature of the culture wars. He says that the other side won't be happy until they get complete capitulation on issue after issue, one brought out after another, faster than a DLC shill can cave to their demands. I think his analysis is spot on. It might not be a strategy proposal, but it's solid grounds on which to absolutely reject planning a party-wide shift to the right.

In case you've been hesitant to follow the Fallujah story that closely, Body and Soul brings us the unpleasant details. Matt Yglesias brings us a summary of the fight in Fallujah: "Boy -- guerilla force flees rather than stand and be slaughtered by better-armed foe. Who could have predicted that except every goddamn person on the face of the earth."

At Daily Kos, Pericles gives us all a Terrorist 101 quiz. It doesn't hurt to be reminded that triangulation is the policy of the establishment, whereas to a radical, the obvious enemy does double duty as best friend. Also, Kos shares a briefing on the diverse Latino voting picture, and they give the 2004 Democratic coordinated campaign poor marks for complacency.

The Left Coaster on the sad state of journalism, and the problem that poses for democracy.

Liberal Oasis talks about obstructionism and fighting back in a post that highlights the absurdity of Democrats reflexively taking advice from conservatives on how they should conduct themselves. Also, tax simplification

MB at Wampum suggests making the environment a prominent issue, both for coalition building and future campaigns.

The Sideshow talks spiritual strategy, and she has a whole bunch of other good finds that you should scroll down to read. I like her suggestion of encouraging outlets like Air America to give a voice to the liberal spiritual community, because they really don't get much of a public forum anywhere. She quotes from the Real Live Preacher, and it reminds me of the time when Archbishop Desmond Tutu came on the Daily Show. I'm not Catholic, and I don't hold much with public worship, but it was refreshing to me to hear someone talk whose perspective was so clearly informed by an abundance of goodwill. No one with a secular perspective would have been able to get away with talking that way, they'd immediately be written off as a hippie-dippy pacifist. It's a particular relief after hearing 'religion' represented almost exclusively on the talking head forums by people like James Dobson and Jerry Falwell to have a humane religious perspective be aired in public, but it really transcends religion. The big problem that Democrats seem to have is a difficulty advocating for the humane, for the generous, for the kind, without seeming too New Agey. Maybe it isn't such a bad idea to pick up some tips on how to advocate for generosity from an Old Agey perspective.

Dave Pollard talks about why intelligence gathering isn't enough.

In case you've been preoccupied with US and Iraq-related news, the BBC covers the exodus of foreign nationals from the Ivory Coast after the renewed violence. There are links in the sidebars to timelines, more pictures, and other coverage of the developing story.

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