More Challengers Sign on to Responsible Plan

by: Matt Stoller

Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 13:23

We're up to 22 challengers who have endorsed the Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq.  

  1. Darcy Burner (WA-08)
  2. Donna Edwards (MD-04)
  3. Eric Massa (NY-29)
  4. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
  5. Tom Perriello (VA-05)
  6. Jared Polis (CO-02)
  7. George Fearing (WA-04)
  8. Larry Byrnes (FL-14)
  9. Steve Harrison (NY-13)
  10. Sam Bennett (PA-15)
  11. Harry Taylor (NC-09)
  12. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
  13. Dennis Shulman (NJ-05)
  14. Larry Grant (ID-01)
  15. Leslie Byrne (VA-05)
  16. Bill O'Neill (OH-14)
  17. Ed Fallon (IA-03)
  18. Darius Shahinfar (NY-21)
  19. Jim Hunt (MT-AL)
  20. Tom Wyka (NJ-11)
  21. Faye Armitage (FL-07)

  22. Steve Novick (Senate - Oregon)
  23. Jeff Merkley (Senate - Oregon)
  24. Greg Fisher (Senate - Kentucky)

It's an interesting list, candidates from red states like Kentucky, Idaho, and North Carolina to swing states like Florida and Oregon to blue states like Maryland, Washington, and New York.

There will be more sign-ons, and Republicans are having a tough time dealing with the framing, veering from attacking the plan as too liberal to having their moderates basically agree with it (while voting against the specifics in the plan, of course).

Meanwhile, 50 military leaders led by Anthony Zinni just called for a strong investment in nonmilitary tools to reorganize our national security.  The framing works quite well, because changing the conversation around national security makes a lot of sense at this moment in history.  

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Where's John Hall, NY-19? (0.00 / 0)
Man, what a disappointment that guy has been.

Challengers only? Oops! (0.00 / 0)
My mistake. Still, the point remains.  We keep electing these so-called agitators that get assimilated into the Democratic Borg awfully quickly.

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Just a idea (0.00 / 0)
When you start adding more Blue Majority canidates GReg Fisher would be a prime canidate. He is running against someone who would be WORSE then Lieberman, Bruce Lunsford. Lunsford is a Republican who sometimes switches to the Democratic Party when he thinks it is easier to win the primary.

Fisher is a pretty progressive guy and would stand a much better shot of ditching one of the worst Senators out there, Mitch McConnell.  

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Great stuff (0.00 / 0)
I'm hoping we see Al Franken and Tom Allen sign on. I'd especially like to see "moderate" Susan Collins forced to take a position on this. Franken won't have any trouble convincing people he's against the war, but Collins has such a (totally undeserved) reputation for being a moderate that Allen really needs to draw a contrast and force her to address the specifics of what exactly she wants to have happen in Iraq.

I support John McCain because children are too healthy anyway.

so proud (0.00 / 0)
to see Steve Novick sign on so quickly. The plan largely represents ideas Steve has been positing in his own plan since he entered the race a year ago, so it was a
natural fit.

I urge folks to visit his site and see what a progressive's dream he is-- a real change, for a better Democrat.  

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Cheryl Sabel, AL-02 (0.00 / 0)
Cheryl Sabel has signed on. She is a real progressive Democrat (president of the Alabama chapter of NOW) running in a primary against Bobby Bright, who took three months to decide if he should run as a Republican or a Democrat.  Here's her press release on the Responsible Plan.

Join the conversation at Left In Alabama.

Why just challengers? (0.00 / 0)
It's great to see a thoughtful plan drafted and put forth but what is the idea that only challengers should endorse it?  Doesn't every Representative run every two years?  Shouldn't they all  be invited to endorse?  If incumbents are not invited but have long opposed the war and a challenger is invited and endorses what do we have?  It is a Plan to End the War, not just an attention getter for non-incumbents, right?

Has the Progressive Caucus in the House had any comment on this Plan?

Leslie Byrne is running for VA-11. (0.00 / 0)


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