Heard on the Hill

by: Matt Stoller

Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 19:14


This is from Henry Champ at the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

I can tell you one thing, on Capitol Hill following the Maryland primary, the elected officials and their staff members that I spoke with spent more time talking about Wynn and Gilchrist, than they did about Obama and McCain.

Donna's going to be around tomorrow afternoon from 2-5pm on various blogs (including this one) to chat, so get your questions ready.

In fact, throw your questions in this thread.

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My question (0.00 / 0)
Are you now a super delegate?  

There was a comment at that link that implied that the Edwards victory (4.00 / 2)
presaged, and made possible, the House suddenly growing balls and rejecting Bush on FISA and the Miers, Bolton contempt...the puke Rahm Emanuel nothwithstanding.

I agree with that.  Wynn's head on a stick should scare some pussy Democrats.  About fucking time.

For some reason, it seems that Obama has some pathological and deep-seated psychological need for Republicans to like him.  Seriously.  It's weird.


Ask her how she'll react (0.00 / 0)
when a sleazy corporate lobbyist tries to cozy up with her.
I'd imagine that would be pretty awkward.  

"A Good TV ad Hit on Obama from Clinton" (0.00 / 0)
and how is any "hit ad" good?  

legitimate criticism is a good thing (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
I write letters (0.00 / 0)
This morning, I typed up and snail-mailed short polite letters to Pelosi, Hoyer and Rahm Emanuel pointing out the Edwards/Wynn result and asking if they hear us now. I hope they get the message.

Questions (0.00 / 0)
1) On what committees would Donna Edwards like to sit in the House?

2) Congress MUST pass 13 appropriations bills each year. Rarely do they pass all of them as individual bills. Instead Congress passes massive bundled omnibus bills with little transparency and less debate on the component items of these bills. What can an individual Congressperson do to change this and pass the 13 required appropriations as separate, coherent, transparent bills?

3) Donna Edwards. Great victory or greatest victory ever?

John McCain


Questions (0.00 / 0)
Donna Congrats on your win over Wynn. (Couldn't help it.
1) What would you say is the smartest strategic move you made in this election? What is one thing you know now that you could tell people starting out in a primary campaign?


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Good news Matt (0.00 / 0)
And I think that makes Ed Fallon's race in IA-03 even more important. They might be scared with Donna but they might just hope it was a fluke. If Ed Fallon get's out Bush Dog Boswell then that is a clear sign the voters want change and if you don't do something about it we'll kick you out!

Also Jill Tubman of Jack and Jill Politics has a good blog up on the blackroots role in the Edwards victory and potential other primaries against out of touch CBC members. This could get interesting.

John McCain: Beacuse lobbyists should have more power


In the Long Run... (0.00 / 0)
Donna's victory last Tuesday was more significant than anything we did in this region for Obama.  The Netroots has come of age.  She will make us proud.

can you help? (0.00 / 0)
Dear Donna, You are a rock star right now. You have the opportunity to use the huge interlude between now and November to travel extensively and help progressive candidates and people movements throughout the US. Have you considered such a strategy?

Tracking the buzz on the trend into the general election (0.00 / 0)
I believe what Henry Champ says. The Edwards election was right in their back yard. Parts of her district inside the Beltway even. And the results weren't even close, it was a blowout, a landslide. Northern Virginia went mostly Democratic in 2006 and now the whole DC area is getting a change in leadership.

Really I think Edwards election helped give Democrats some resolve to let PAA expire. Its not so much about Donna but that a semi-liberal corporate friendly pol got his ass handed to him so smashingly by a principled, idealistic progressive. Capitol Hill has got to be wondering if its the harbinger of a bigger trend and what it means for the fall elections.

Throw in Gilchrest and the trend looks more polarization. Not so fast. Edwards has no serious opposition in the general. Harris faces a real battle against the Dem candidate Kratovil. Its going to be a bruising campaign. If Kratovil wins, the trend in Maryland will be more progressive, not more polarized.


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