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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Posted by Bob Brigham

The DCCC posted on MyDD, here's my response. I am totally fucking serious, not a single dime to the DCCC until they stop acting so cowardly.

Posted at 03:12 PM in Democrats | Technorati


I posted this on kos as well, but this seems a more appropriate place to say thank you!

I'll be forever grateful for the work you did here, and the attention you brought to Paul Hackett's campaign. By calling out the latest tactical smear on Democratic veterans, you awoke a sleeping tiger. The contributions simply would not have poured into Hackett's coffers, and there would not have been an actual race for the open congressional seat if not for you guys.

For everyone who contributed, again...wow. Every time I hit the refresh button on the ActBlue Hackett page, I was overwhelmed that so many people across the country cared about the race in this corner of the world. "Thank you" sometimes doesn't even come close, but the outpouring of support here left me speechless at times. I honestly believe that you all helped change the political landscape here, and for the first time in years have hope that our message can get through. So yeah...thank you.

Kudos to DCCC for a great ad--it was genuinely effective. I have a family member who was brought on board only by that commercial. But as to the timing...strategy or not, my opinion is they could have done far more. Hackett was clearly a candidate worth investing in.

Here's where they lose me:

"We knew if this race simply became weeks and weeks of Spy vs. Spy/NRCC vs. DCCC, it would become a Republican smear campaign of national liberal vs. Bush conservative, and we would lose that fight."

It was precisely in confronting the smear campaign in no uncertain terms, and without apologizing for being a liberal, that won Paul Hackett votes in rural southwestern Ohio. They (still) apparently don't get that.

I've had my fill of blushing Democrats. They're not fighting hard enough. The substitution of the word "strategy" every time they avoid a direct head to head fight for the minds of voters is not the political courage we need from our party leaders. Not after the last five years.

I received several emails from the DCCC during the last week. Not one mentioned this election or mentioned Hackett's name. Not one from DCCC reminded me to vote on Tuesday. Rahm Emanuel asked me to become a 'Victory Partner' last week, and on election day Nancy Pelosi's email bemoaned John Bolton's appointment to the UN.

And today, the DCCC email informed me the election yesterday was a "wake up call" for Republicans due to the "near upset" in my own district.

During the Schiavo debacle, I posted a few times about the useless emails being sent out by DCCC with screaming subject titles like "Stop The Republican Abuse Of Power". Yet I could never find a word, not one syllable, about the actual attack on the judiciary. Nor was there ever a word, or one syllable, about the need to defend the right to privacy as a core Democratic Party value. And this when public opinion was overwhelmingly united (76%) in opposition to government intrusion in personal decisions of this kind.

Here's a wake up call for the DCCC--I just unsubscribed from your email list. I'll look elsewhere when funding a "Victory Partner". I prefer one who won't blush at the word liberal and the core values some of us actually do hold dear.

Posted by: willowby [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2005 07:34 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I cannot echo willoby's statements enough.

Thank you guys and the DFA and everybody who actually tried to win as soon as they heard about it.

The DCCC acting like they cared about the Hackett Campaign is like losing your seats at play-off time to some corporate sponsor.

You can see them enjoying your regular seats from your view on the third deck. They do have the team colors on and they clap when the scoreboard says, "Make Noise." And they did pay big bucks for the tickets.

Thanks for supporting our team. Make sure you come back next time we have an "event" opportunity.

Oh and DCCC I donated again today to DFA because of all of your hard work. So pat yourselves on the back for that because you did make a difference.

Posted by: Bill Section 147 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2005 09:27 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I have unsubscribed from all Democratic party ATM lists. I'm not even giving to the DNC until the DLC takes a dozen giant steps back and the DCCC and the SDCC get the message. I am done getting played by phony emails from Democratic party apparatchiks and DLC Lapp dogs.

My monthly $50 contributions is going to selected progressive candidates who support my values like Chuck Pennacchio (I am one of his monthly 17.76 donors) and Cegalis and others.

I will not give a dime to Casey in Pennsylvania no matter how close or desperate the race gets. Casey is a creature of the DLC and if he loses it is their shame and their disgrace. It's time to stop indirect contributions that help the DLC keep their powder dry to attack progressive Dems as well as direct contributions.

I'm still going to DFA Meet Ups, but I'm targeting my contributions even more narrowly than DFA.

Posted by: Gary Boatwright [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 4, 2005 09:21 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment