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Linda Stender: A woman who belongs in Congress

In 2006, Linda Stender came within a heartbreaking 4000 votes to beat Mike Ferguson (R) in my district, NJ-07. Linda is a wonderful progressive Democrat that any of us would be proud to see in the House of Representatives. This year, Mike Ferguson is quitting his seat and Linda has a better chance of succeeding him. She is doing her best to maintain neutrality between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and I respect her for that. But I would like to give you a small sample of what makes this candidate so impressive. This clip from her closing remarks from her 2006 debate against Mike Ferguson goes out to WigWag and hlr and everyone who wants desperately to vote for a true Democrat this year:

If you feel so inclined, please visit her page and make a donation: Linda Stender for Congress

I’m sure they mean well

Regarding her husband’s safety, Michelle Obama had this to say about Hillary Clinton’s factual recount of lengthy primary seasons:

I’ve talked about this before. Barack is probably safer now than he was before. Kids are dying in the street in our community. They get shot walking to class, sitting in school, taking the bus home. They are dying in the street…. Send us good vibes. Pray for us. Think positive thoughts. But most of all, be vigilant. Be vigilant about stopping this kind of talk. It’s not funny. You don’t have to like Barack to dislike that kind of talk. Be vigilant about stopping that kind of talk.

Because after 61 years, it’s no more Mrs. Nice Guy for Hillary. Now she means business.

What’s that you say? Nancy Pelosi is growing a spine?

In an interview with her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Democrat said she is prepared to “step in” if the presidential race does not resolve itself by the end of next month.

“I will step in,” Pelosi told the paper. “Because we cannot take this fight to the convention…It must be over before then.”

Didn’t she put a deadline on Iraq War funding? And how did that go? Hmmm, why is enforcing party discipline to stop Hillary from forcing a brokered convention more important than enforcing party discipline on the Blue Dogs over Iraq war funding?

And when Father Pfieger holds one white woman responsible for the troubles of all of the African-American community…

…he didn’t mean for us to take it literally.
Because some of us innocent citizens out there might take it the wrong way and hold the party responsible for subjecting us to contemptuous people and disrespectful candidates who treat us like $%^*.
(Bless their hearts)

Thursday: Mitchellism, part “Duh!”

What is it about free speech and free will that Andrea doesn’t get?  Taylor Marsh’s latest podcast has an extended clip of Andrea and Howard Wolfson going at it again.  I’m not sure what is more annoying, the fact that Andrea finds the thought of thousands of protesters are the RBC meeting gauche or that she repeatedly asked Wolfson what number of delegates he’s be willing to settle for.  To be fair, she wasn’t the only one asking this question.  James Carville got a similar set of mind numbing questions from Diane Sawyer at Good Morning America yesterday.  It’s almost as if they need to be reassured over and over again that Obama is going to be the nominee and they need to hear it from the Clinton people directly.  We are not allowed to have any hope.

Well, Andrea, if you know something or if you are so certain that the fix is in, we have a little message we wish to convey to Howard Dean and Donna Brazile and the rest of you: “The Whole World is Watching”  Yes, if this RBC meeting is nothing but Kabuki, don’t expect the Clinton supporters and the Floridians and Wolverines to just suck it up and go about their lives afterwards, loyalties instantly transferred to the precious.  I’m fairly certain we’ll be more PO’d about it afterwards, especially because there seems to be no reason to penalize these two states in the first place.   No, we will not be very happy.  We will not get over it.  We will not change our minds before November.

Just think what kind of message it sends to the independents and swing voters who the DNC wants to attract in November.  What kind of party disses 2,3 Million voters and why should a non-party member accept that?