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Lanny, your friend from Yale is NOT vice-presidential material!

Doesn't look VICE-presidential to me, Lanny.

(As Big Tent Democrat says on Talk Left, “Speaking for me only.”)

Lanny, I apologize for my rude behavior when you were on No We Won’t Radio with Sheri Tag.  I had a “Satire on a Budget” moment that was quite crass.  It was rude, I admit it, and I promise to not let my satirical moments take the best of my Conflucian tastes.  But I’m really upset at your remarks, especially after your new Wall Street Journal opinion piece from yesterday – so I decided to address my frustration with your “Hillary as VP!” schtick head on:

Lanny Davis Op-Ed:

Why Obama Should Pick Hillary

July 31, 2008; Page A15

Picking a vice president is obviously Barack Obama’s decision to make. He must be comfortable with who he picks. Comfort level between a president and vice president may be the most important factor of all.

So I can only offer my argument, based on some facts and subjective impressions, as to why I believe it would be in Sen. Obama’s personal and political interest to select Hillary Rodham Clinton as his vice presidential running mate. Not just to enhance his chances of winning — but, more important, to help him be a more effective president.

So basically what you’re saying is that Obama should pick someone who he knows he can boss around and have them do his homework for him while taking all the credit for it.  And you think Hillary is going to be the best at helping Obama be MORE “effective” – shouldn’t he be “effective” all by himself first? Continue reading

Lanny, Lanny, Lanny, we have brains and we know how to use them.

Dear Lanny,

I am listening to you on blogtalkradio and I’m not sure you understand who we are.  We are political junkies.  We eat this stuff for breakfast, in my case, *before* breakfast.  We’ve been paying attention to all of the moving parts since we were children.  There is absolutely NOTHING you can BS us on that we can’t see right through.

Now, I don’t know who roped you into coming to us to try to talk us out of our course of action but you can march right back to them and give them a message for us.  “NO DEAL ON OBAMA”

We know exactly what Obama is.  He’s an ambitious ass kissing schmoozer with a razor thin CV. He’s a ruthless campaigner and an unethical delegate thief.  He will compromise with the Republcians on just about everything including energy policy and FISA.  We don’t know what he’d do on reproductive rights but given his track record, anything is possible as long as it is politically expedient.

We don’t want this man as our president, Lanny.  The American public has nothing to gain from Republican Lite.  He is only going to benefit affluent liberals and many of US fall into that category.  He is no FDR, he’s got no experience and our ears will bleed if we have to listen to him for four years.  He is a non-starter for us, Lanny.

What’s more, we don’t like the way that politics were played this year.  This may be the election where the mostly male, mostly older power brokers finally get the boot.  We are a new generation of women and men who were brought up in a more egalitarian era.  We’re not going to put up with the old way of picking nominees.  Now, honor us and our candidate.


Lanny, we have thought this through from every angle and believe me, the party can not get any less unified by submitting Hillary’s name in nomination.  We want it, the country wants it.  Whether the DNC wants it is of no interest to us.  It can either do the right thing now or it can suffer the consequences later.

Give it up, Lanny.



Afternoon Silliness and a reminder

Up until today, I thought I had the most recessive genes on the planet.  Neither of my kids looks like me.  I frequently wondered who the real mother was.  But lately, Brook’s sense of humor has started to take on some familiar features.  Like, she *gets* Monty Python.  And she is learning how to snark.  Hmmm, maybe she’s related after all.  Today, I have confirmation.  She introduced me to Jonathan Coulton.  Yep, she’s mine alright.

Speaking of humor. the DNC has been trying to define us, with predictably humorous results.  Last week, Don Fowler and Alice Fermond called us “fatiguing and irritating”.  A few days ago, and ABC News affiliate referred to us as militants.  So, we’ve been trying to polish our army boots to make a good impression.  And on Friday, Howard Dean called us “low class” for exercising our first amendment rights.  So, SM77 got out her handy-dany gimp application and created a composite of a PUMA based on these descriptions: a mullet headed Che Guevara type with ADHD.   Great job, SM.  I like the way you have placed the PUMA in its natural habitat.

Do you recognize this person?

Finally, Don’t forget that Lanny Davis will be a guest on NO WE WON’T blogtalkradio with Sheri Tag and Will Bower tonight at 8:00 EST.  That’s like NOW!!!

Scratching Post Saturday Night! What a PUMA looks like to the DNC:

Well folks, another Saturday Scratching Post is here and what a week!  Obama-Jesus DNC-Christ SuperStah will return next week from his “OMFG! EUROPE LOOOOOOOVES HIM!” tour so why doesn’t he stay there then, it’s not like we LOOOVE him here.   Other than give away free food, pay for a concert and speak to 20,000 Berliners, he chose to diss our wounded veterans. 

Can’t wait to hear Lanni Davis defend that on “No We Won’t Radio with Sheri Tag” this Sunday at 8pm. 

Lanny, for Democracy’s sake, I hope that you can take a moment tomorrow and acknowledge what is happening to the “Democratic” Party (and I use quotes because it truly is ironic to use a word like “”Democratic” to describe a party that no longer operates as such).   

Almost every political poll in the past two weeks shows how “Undecided” voters are growing as the DNC’s coronation draws near.  Gee, what about all those Yellow Dog Democrats, you say?  Didn’t you get the news Lanny?  Ole Yeller died– and from its broken bones, a PUMA emerged.  Maybe this example is too extreme, but it certainly demonstrates how the seed of discontent is slowly turning into a Domino Effect: 

Whatever you do or say tomorrow, Lanny dear, please don’t make us support the DNC’s selection of an illegitimate candidate.  It’s not about Hillary anymore.  It’s about fighting for Democracy and how every vote should count.  It’s about fighting what Harold Ickes said at the RBC on May 31st, 2008, the “hijacking” of Democracy itself.

Speaking of “fighting,” this morning our gracious PUMA High Priestess Mother Riverdaughter said the DNC thinks that PUMAs are “a mullet headed Che Guevara with ADHD.”  GaryChapellHill brought it to my attention that this phrase would make a perfect “Satire on a Budget”  moment.  Special h/t to Mawm for GIMP software suggestion – and yes, it’s definitely a “satire on budget” moment:

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Saturday: Drumbeat

Good Morning, ladies and gents. Sorry I’m a bit late this am. I had to take Brook to the pediatrician for a physical and the kid refuses to take her clothes off in front of the doctor. It’s a gorgeous day in NJ so I’m going outside to play.

The drumbeat is getting louder and steadier and harder to ignore for Dean, Pelosi and Brazile. The Dauphin of Democracy’s Road Trip didn’t turn out like they planned. (Steely Dan fans can finish that song)  They turned out the crowds alright but most Berliners can’t vote (at least, not last time I checked but you never know with the Chicago crew…). And “presumptuous” doesn’t even begin to describe the scene he set up in Berlin, acting like he’s already president and delivering his State of the World speech on terrorism, as if Europe doesn’t already have a more extensive history in fighting it. What’s next for Obama? Delivering a speech on trade with China in Beijing during the Olympics next month? Has anyone told him yet that he can’t have an award ceremony and listen to Hail to the Chief while the flag is raised if he doesn’t actually win a gold medal in a sport? No matter. I’m sure he and David Axelrod will figure out some reasonable facsimile — that the American public will see right through.

But back to Dean. edgeoforever reports that Dean’s road trip is getting rave reviews from the PUMA set. Dean has added a new description to the growing list of endearments the DNC and friends have been using to entice us to vote for Obama. Now, we are “low class”. Riiight.  I guess that’s why people who choose to express their first amendment rights at the Convention in Denver deserve to be put behind a chain link fence far away from the nice, clean, cultured convention attendees.

So, in the last week, we have become “fatiguing and irritating, low-class militants”. I’m having trouble conjuring up an image of that. Is it like a mullet headed Che Guevara with ADHD? And of course, we aren’t Democrats. Well, this much is true, at least for me. I’m not rejoining the Democratic party officially until Dean and Brazile are gone, gone, gone. I’m a Democrat in Exile, not a Republican.

The convention is 30 days away and the pace is accelerating. We’re getting attention. People are getting nervous. Their beautiful theories are getting brutally destroyed by ugly facts. The party is NOT unified just because they said so and now they in grave danger of losing face. Yes, well, what could be more embarrassing than losing a presidential election in a year when you had absolutely everything going for you? The DNC deserves a nomination for a Darwin Award for not recognizing that the old models based on gender, economics and education are no longer predictive. We are watching natural selection in action and it’s not pretty.

In the meantime:

  • Darragh Murphy is on tonight!  Tune into Meet Me In Denver with Darragh Murphy and friends on the NQR of blogtalkradio.  The show starts at 9:00pm EST.  She’ll catch us up on the latest plans for Denver and get an update from Brad and Lori on the film they’re making of the 2008 election process.  Set your batchannels.
  • Don’t forget that NO WE WON’T with Sheri Tag will feature two very special guests, Lanny Davis and Ricki Lieberman.  That’s Sunday at 8:00pm EST.
  • For those of you who want music to go with your politics, check out Goddess Radio with Swannie at CygnusRadio.  This morning, Swannie did an Eva Cassidy set and anyone who likes Cassidy is a friend of mine.  This is available on iTunes?  Cool.

Here’s a song that gets my blood pumping from the movie Working Girl.  Remember that movie?  The one about the smart girl who’s underemployed and finally gets her crack at running things?  Yeah, never settle for second.

Lanny Davis to guest on NO WE WON’T on Sunday

I got this email from Will Bower this evening:

*Double Header*
— LANNY DAVIS and then RICKI LIEBERMAN to be on “No We Won’t” P.U.M.A. Radio!!
Sunday, July 27th, 8pm EST

PUMAs! I can’t tell you how excited I am for EPISODE ELEVEN of “No We Won’t” P.U.M.A. Radio!

Beginning at 8pm EST, we’ll be hosting one of my (and our) heroes from this campaign season, LANNY DAVIS.  While it’s true that he is currently giving Obama his support, no one was braver or more articulate in supporting Hillary on the campaign trail than was Lanny.  I still consider him our friend.  We look forward to giving him a warm welcome, and to asking him about ways in which we can support the process of having Hillary Clinton’s name placed into nomination at Convention.

But the show doesn’t stop there!  At 9pm EST, we will be welcoming Hillraiser RICKI LIEBERMAN of “ToGetHer4Us” and “The Electability Watch” to discuss her ongoing efforts to make sure that the most electable candidate, Hillary Clinton, is the Democratic nominee.

As always, please be aware that — regardless of what blogtalkradio.com may tell you — the show will begin at 8pm EST Sunday night.

This is a Must-Listen-To episode, folks!   We look forward to meeting up with you again at “No We Won’t P.U.M.A. Blog Talk Radio!”

Will Bower & Sheri Tag
“No We Won’t” P.U.M.A. Radio

Hmmm, what to make of this…?  Lanny Davis was a strong Clinton supporter but he threw his support behind Obama.  Now, I don’t know about you guys but when I say I will not be voting for Obama, I really mean it.  Nothing he has done recently has convinced me to do otherwise.  In fact, the more I think about it, the less I am convinced that voting for Obama would be in my best interests  So, I sincerely hope this is not an attempt of a surrogate to try to change our minds.   When I have my mind set on something, I usually have a good reason for it and I am fairly resistant to persuasion.  It means I have considered all of the pros and cons carefully before I came to the decision.

Let’s put it this way.  My mother has been trying for more than 40 years to convert me to one fundamentalist evangelical brand of Christianity or another.  But as a child, I realized that I wanted no part of it.  She’s managed to convert everyone else in my immediate family and has branched out to some of her sisters and brothers.  I am the holdout and I’ll die before I change my mind.

That’s kind of the way I feel about voting for Obama.  And I’m not being stubborn or immature.  I have completely and rationally thought this thing through and have determined that there is nothing to be gained by electing him and some serious risk if he *is* elected.  So, I don’t want to cut off an avenue of discussion with Lanny Davis that might be productive but, speaking for me only, I would hope he would respect my decision and my intelligence and not try to talk me into the unpalatable and unacceptable.

Just sayin’