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My Super Tuesday in California started this morning at 4:15am with the usual shower and phytonutrient-filled multivitamins. But, this was no ordinary Tuesday. Yes, it is Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras (which justifies my trip with a fellow poll worker to Coldstone), but it is also Super Tuesday. Oh, the joys of running a precinct as the rest of the nation watches you, the Golden State, anticipating your decisions.
“Beyond the Ballot”
Jessica Palmer a 2008 Fellow says that during the second session, “In my community I’m involved in holding politicians accountable for environmental laws and a letter-writing campaign. This session showed me how to keep people involved in staying active in the election process 365 days a year.” Participants who are involved in the National Summit were deeply engaged in the speeches of the panelists during the Beyond the Ballot.
As a pshycic, I want to share a little news with you about the big winners in tonight's Conneticut primary.
No, I am not going to comment on the Lamont V Lieberman race. (Although I don't think it is a good sign for Lieberman that he is still attacking Lamont all the way up to Election Day. (Check out this article.)
The real winners in this race are the netroots and progressive values.
Combined, people power and the the internet help to put a three term incumbent Senator and former Democratic Party vice presidential candidate on the ropes for abandoning the progressive values that his party embodies.
As most people already know, tomorrow is the big day for the Democratic party - and it could turn out to be a day of cleansing.
All of America will be watching as the Connecticut Dems try to purge from their ranks a man who has consistently put his national reputation and bids for higher nation-wide elected office above the values of the people he represents.
Connecticut's primary election is not about Joe Lieberman, it is not about Ned Lamont, and it's not even about the war in Iraq. The election is about people powered politics sending a signal to the Democratic party: either put forth candidates who stand by progressive values even when they may not be popular, or we will do it for you.
Don't get me wrong, I am not arguing that Lieberman's consistently stubborn support of the war didn't help put him in this situation, but this primary is about a larger issue that the Democratic Party has been grappling with for some time now - putting forth candidates who are willing to compromise their values to win. The only problem with that strategy: they don't win.
I guess it takes losing two presidential elections to really understand it.
Take John Kerry for example. As this article in Newsweek points out, Kerry won Wisconsin by just one point in 2004. Russ Feingold, Fellow Democrat running for Senator in the same year, won re-election by 12 points.
Wisconsinites support Feingold because he is consistent, votes his values, and they don't have to guess where he stands on the issues. Sometimes, as Feingold proved by being the only Senator to initially vote against the USA Patriot Act, that means voting for what you know is right even when everyone else thinks you're wrong.
If more Dems don't take a cue from Feingold, they may find themselves caught in a "Lieberman."