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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Touch My MONKEY! 

Hey, who dresses Dennis Kucinich? This'll creep you out.

PS: The idea of Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton partying together creeps me out more than a little.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Bust the Caps 

By now you should have all read this: http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/002128.html

If you haven't, I'll wait. Go take a look.

Long, wasn't it? Here's the simple truth:

We have to vote yes on busting the federal financing caps. This means no matching funds. I know some of us had been thrilled that the Dean campaign, because of their small donors, could capture more of those funds than the other Democrats. That's true, but we aren't in a campaign against for the nomination anymore (at least as far as the money goes).

We can't beat George W. Bush with just $45 Million for the "Primary Season". He's breaking the caps already and plans to have somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 Million to smash the hell out of our nominee until the Republican Convention in September. Then they can raise more millions, grab some federal funds, and continue the smear machine.

Al Gore barely won in 2000, running on a message of Peace and Prosperity because he was outspent 2-1 by the Republican smear machine. We don't stand a chance being outspent 4-1.

I worked for John McCain in 2000, even though I disagreed with most of his positions, because of his strong support of Campaign Finance Reform. This is as bitter a pill for me to swallow as it is for any of you.

But do we want to be pure, or do we want to win? I don't think we can raise enough to beat George W. Bush in the money race - if we had the money, we'd be Republicans - but I do think we can raise enough to get the message out and be competitive. And that's what we have to do.

Vote to bust the caps.

Unions 

It is shaping up to be a very interesting week for unions of all different sorts.

It has started with the other eight Democratic candidates forming their own, Union of Not Front-Runners, to try and bring Dean down a notch with criticism over a comment he made about wanting to try and regain the south from the Republicans. You will not believe it, but they are trying to portray Dean as racist.

The nastiest attack however, came on Sunday from Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) on Meet the Press. While reading the transcript, keep in mind that he was promoting his book. I guess it is ok when you are promoting a book (for those who don't know me, insert eye-roll here). By the way, he is backing Bush for re-election!

In other union news, Thursday will be the vote for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Cross your fingers and toes, do a dance or whatever you think might help because Kerry, Gephardt, and Edwards have created an alliance in hopes of preventing Dean from getting what would be another major endorsement.

Look for more ganging up in Tuesdays debate, minus Gephardt who at last report had not yet confirmed. Has Gephardt totally written off young voters?

Finally, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the IUPAT members tonight and I am looking forward to working with this great group to help Dean become our next POTUS. Thank-you for the hospitality Local 203.

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