Most of us, when we were young, were taught history as a series of events, with the names of important men and women attached. In effect, we were taught the “Great Man” theory of history, that history is the result of the actions of great individuals. Do the great matter? Do they make a difference? […]
Last week, I proposed that we read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell to figure out how we move our unParty from the PUMA internet endemic to the mainstream. I hope most of you were able to get your hands on a copy of the book or download a version from audible.
Here’s the place to discuss what you’ve learned. Does Gladwell’s discoveries on the nature of social epidemics have any resonance with the unParty movement? Are you a connector, maven or salesman? What entities played those roles for us after the RBC hearing? What did they do right/wrong? What piece of the epidemic is missing? How do we compensate for it? Is there a role for the unParty in modern politics? Will it be a movement, a voting bloc, a separate party? How do we expand beyond our base of PUMAs? What does the necessary infrastructure look like and how will be organize to create one? What working groups should we assemble and in what size?
Ok, go to it! I am thinking of scheduling a blogtalkradio segment to discuss the way forward and The Tipping Point. I have more drylocking to do today so I’m not sure when I will have a break to do so but if there is support for it, I’ll set one up for sometime this afternoon.
Before Hillary Clinton has been formally offered the job as Secretary of State, a purge of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy team has begun.
The advisers who helped trash the former First Lady’s foreign policy credentials on the campaign trail are being brutally shunted aside, as the price of her accepting the job of being the public face of America to the world. In negotiations with Mr Obama this week before agreeing to take the job, she demanded and received assurances that she alone should appoint staff to the State Department. She also got assurances that she will have direct access to the President and will not have to go through his foreign policy advisers on the National Security Council, which is where many of her critics in the Obama team are expected to end up.
The first victims of Mrs Clinton’s anticipated appointment will be those who defended Mr Obama’s flanks on the campaign trail. By mocking Mrs Clinton’s claims to have landed under sniper fire in Bosnia or pouring scorn on her much-ballyhooed claim to have visited 80 countries as First Lady they successfully deflected the damaging charge that he is a lightweight on international issues.
Foremost among the victims of the purges is her old Yale Law School buddy Greg Craig, a man who more than anyone led the rescue of his presidency starting the very night Kenneth Starr’s lurid report into the squalid details of the former president’s sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky were published on the internet in 1998. Despite his long and loyal friendship with the Clintons, Mr Craig threw his lot in with Mr Obama at an early stage in the presidential election campaign. As if that betrayal to the cause of the Clinton restoration was not enough, Mr Craig did more to undermine Mrs Clinton’s claims to be a foreign policy expert than anyone else in the some of the ugliest exchanges of the battle for the Democratic nomination.
Emily’s List executive director Ellen Moran will be the new White House communications director. Not everyone is happy:
Ellen Moran, Executive Director of EMILY’s List, has been tapped by Obama to serve as White House Communications Director, a largely behind-the-scenes position, but one which invariably sets the tone for the Press shop. Look no further than Moran’s current and former employers as an indication of what to expect from the new White House communications office. EMILY’s List is a progressive organization working to elect pro-choice Democratic women who, under Moran’s guidance, has been instrumental in electing 78 pro-choice Congresswomen, 15 Senators, and 9 Governors. Adding insult to injury, Moran worked for the AFL-CIO, coordinating “Wal-Mart corporate accountability activities.”
So, we have a virulent abortion rights activist who favors strict “corporate accountability” measures on our hands. Great.
Shorter RedState: Run for your lives! She has a vajayjay!
Body: Last week I went down to Washington, D.C. to deliver a paper at a conference in the technical field where I worked, ten years or so and two or three careers ago, before the dot.com trash. The trip was solely an exercise in merit-making, since I doubt very much I'll get work in the field, but reconnecting with old friends was really great -- even […]
Sanders outperforms the polls in the West Virginia primary, which always had him ahead, but not as high as 51.4%-35.8%. Still, that state is not likely to go blue, although there hasn't been enough polling to have a clue. * Jedediah Purdy, "What West Virginia is saying at the polls" In Oregon and Kentucky, Sanders wins in the west 54.5%-45.5%, […]