June 20th, 2008

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An update on the destruction of Steny Hoyer’s career


Our first ad, featuring Steny Hoyer, is almost finished and will run as a full-page ad in The Washington Post and in numerous newspapers in his district, aimed at his core Democratic base. We are excited that Color of Change -- the online, grass-roots African-American organization devoted to demanding more responsiveness from Washington officials -- has now joined our coalition and is directly working with us on this ad campaign against Hoyer. And we hope to expand our work with them to include the other campaigns we are doing, including -- just for now -- the ones against Rep. Chris Carney and Rep. John Barrow.

The total amount we have for this campaign is now almost $250,000 [and now over a quarter million dollars]. The response has been overwhelming. I know that many of you have donated as much or even more than you could, but the more we raise, the more of an impact we can make against the individuals responsible for this travesty. Making them know there is a real price to pay when they do this -- not by getting deluged with angry phone calls or merely having primary challenges, but doing everything possible to expose their real character, remove them office and put a permanent end to their political careers -- is the only real way to deter its repetition. Contributions can be made [at http://www.actblue.com/page/fisa].
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The first ad against Hoyer

The first ad against Hoyer: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/20/bipartisanship/index.html#postid-updateA6

Carney and Barrow are primary targets right now, but we’ll get Hoyer primaried out in two years.

‘All monies raised will be used to remove from power vulnerable individuals who are responsible for what happened today. Contributions to increase the potency of this campaign can be made [at http://www.actblue.com/page/fisa].’ I gave again in quantity equal to what I gave yesterday.

BTW Congresswoman Donna Edwards, who was elected three days ago, and who primaried out incumbent bad Democrat Al Wynn, who then resigned like a Republican to become a lobbyist, voted against the telecom immunity and warrantless spying bill. As if there were any doubt; really what I want to do is show that it is possible to get rid of the bad ones.
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Disillusionment: I told you so

Listening to liberal talk radio, I hear people who were inspired by Barack Obama’s E plabnista rhetoric, who now are disillusioned by his support for the telcom immunity and unconstitutional spying bill.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you that disillusionment would result from the E plabnista method of inspiration. Yes, we can! Yes, we can what? Yes we can be spied on? Yes we can dismiss lawsuits against companies that have earned the corporate death penalty?

Aside: Armando Llorens over at http://TalkLeft.com is waiting to see whether Obama is serious about stripping out telcom immunity. I can’t imagine why Armando would do that, unless Armando’s plan is to wait for Obama to show he isn’t serious, to get an excuse to throw a tantrum in public and be the center of attention. :) Because of course Obama was not serious.

Postscript: John Dean pointed out on Olbermann that the telcom immunity would be only against lawsuits, and not against criminal charges. Maybe Obama would pursue criminal charges once he is president, but I will not lose sleep waiting for that to happen! However, it is slightly possible that the politicians and lawyers who put together this monstrous bill may be kicking themselves for having overlooked the criminal aspect.