Saturday, April 19, 2008

Are You Listening?

And speaking of the Democrats, my blogging buddy Susan put it all in perspective:

In any event, I plan to vote for Obama on the 22nd. If Clinton is the nominee, I will vote for her in November. And in any event, to my fellow Democrats: Enough public chatter on this. Now is the time to vote the Party (not individual Democrats); sweep as many Rerpublicans as possible out of office at all levels of government.

John Edwards likewise reminded us what's really at stake in the election during his recent appearance on the Colbert Report, during his version of The Ed-Words -- jet skis, and a few other things. As he said:
It is no secret that both campaigns have sought my support. So far, I haven’t decided which of these excellent candidates I’m going to endorse. On the one hand, I don’t want to be seen as anti-hope. On the other hand, I don’t want James Carville to bite me. So who? Who am I going to vote for in the next to the last primary, North Carolina? Well, I’ll support whoever presents a platform that’s consistent with my values. I’ll support the candidate who’ll raise the federal minimum wage. Someone who’ll fight for the 37 million Americans who wake up in poverty every day. Somebody who’ll protect the interest of working families. Also, I’d like a jet-ski.

(Video via Crooks and Liars)


Susan said...

I thought I was your real-life buddy!
As to blogging, Kristof must be a genius, or he stole my thoughts telepathically, because he articulated what I think about echo chamber liberal blogging.

JudiPhilly said...

You are my buddy, period.

I admit that I tend to embrace the "echo chamber" of linking to like minded souls, yet the right is so often so far outside the realm of reason that it's not worth it. There is no room for moderate debate, it's the equivalent of the scorched earth policy that lawyers love so much. For me, this is a hobby & I can't be bothered with such vile stuff in my spare time.

Now, our Gang disproves Kristoff's theory, since everyone thought that Hillary won the debate, yet still supported Obama. Also, all have said that they will vote for whomever.

And, as a political junkie, I ordinarily would be enjoying the tussle of the race between the two. However, as you know, that's why I want Clinton to drop out -- it's gotten to the nasty stage where I fear that the party will suffer. In the end, as you've said, that's what matters.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little tired of the left blogosphere echo chamber argument (No offense meant to Susan).

When was the last time you saw anyone on the right link to, say, daily Kos (other than as an example of nuttiness). When was the last time anyone heard Rush say, "For another perspective on this you might want to check out....." ?

Once again, reinforced opinions are only bad if you're a Democrat.

Aurora B.

Susan said...

I'm not offended at all. And while we're at it on offending via blog, I meant no offense to Judi, whose blog I quite obviously read and enjoy regularly. Just making a point about how a steady diet of reinforcement may not lead to flexible thinking.