Monkey Cage: Mythical swing voter update

We received a few reactions to yesterday’s post on the mythical swing voter:

1.  In comments, Yphtach Lelkes points to this 2004 paper by Robert Erikson, Costas Panagopoulos and Christopher Wlezien on problems with likely-voter screens and the way in which such screens can exaggerate opinion swings during a campaign.  The argument of Erikson et al. is not the same as ours — in particular, the “mythical swings” discussed in our paper occur even in the absence of likely-voter screening — but we agree that the two papers are related.

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L.A. Times rejects Courage Campaign/Daily Kos ad urging Tribune Co. not to sell newspaper to Kochs

This is the first ad that was rejected.

Mere rumors that the Los Angeles Times might be bought by the ultra right-wing Koch brothers have shown what readers can expect not to see if the pair actually does buy the 132-year-old newspaper.

When the Courage Campaign and Daily Kos sought to complete the purchase Friday of an advertisement in the Times itself urging the Tribune Company, the newspaper’s current owner, not to sell it to the Kochs, Gabe Smalley, the rapid response organizer at Courage was told the ad had been cancelled. The reason? A salesman who would only identify himself as “Mickey” said the ad contained unverified assertions about political efforts the brothers have backed with their ample financial resources, including the tea party and claims that climate change is not happening. He also said there were no contact numbers listed for the organizations.

The ad’s assertions are, in fact, mild compared to the billionaire Koch brothers’ actual efforts to inject their dollars into the political arena. So far, Daily Kos, Courage and a third partner, SignOn.org, have gathered more than 100,000 signatures to send to Tribune urging it not to sell to the Kochs. The Daily Kos version of the petition can be found here.

Courage Campaign team members decided after the 2-inch-by-7-inch ad was rejected that they would provide both the contact numbers and links to news reports about the Koch brothers’ funding efforts. That includes this article from the Los Angeles Times itself. But when Smalley called back, he was told that the ad would not be published no matter what because it wasn’t in the newspaper’s “best interests” to do so.

He described the conversation thus:

The resubmitted ad with references.

Mickey: “Even if you make the changes, we’re just not going to run your ad. It’s not in our best interests.”

Smalley: “We’ve just gotten the citations—from your paper, from the LA Times. Even adding those in, you mean you won’t run the ad?”

Mickey: “No, it’s just not in our best interests.”

Daily Kos messages left for Mickey to confirm the conversation were not returned.

Even though it was made clear the ad would not be accepted, the Courage Campaign reworked it anyway, including references solely from the Times itself regarding the Koch brothers’ funding efforts, and resubmitted the ad to the newspaper Monday. A sales supervisor said the new ad was being considered, but the Courage Campaign had received no word by early afternoon.

Even though it is the second-largest newspaper publisher in the nation, the Chicago-based Tribune Company has fallen on hard times since merging with the Los Angeles newspaper’s parent, Times-Mirror Company, in 2000. Daily circulation of the Times has fallen from just under one million in 2000 to 675,000.

The Courage Campaign will deliver its signatures at 2 PM today at the offices of the Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Full Disclosure: I worked at the Los Angeles Times from 1989-2000—MB.

Saturday Nutpick-a-palooza: Obama gets a promotion!

Let’s start with this …

An infowars.com story: 'Obama Now Global Head of Al-Qaeda'

… and then get to the comments, below the fold.

The Iraq War wasn’t the reason for the resurgent Left, Bush was

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from a

One of many reasons George W. Bush gave us to organize.

Douthat:

WHEN prominent people in Washington spend an anniversary apologizing for being catastrophically, unforgivably wrong about a decade-old decision, you might expect that the decision in question had delivered their party to disaster or defeat. But last week’s many Iraq war mea culpas were rich in irony: one by one, prominent liberals lined up to apologize for supporting a war that’s responsible for liberalism’s current political and cultural ascendance […]

All those now-apologetic liberals who supported the war in 2003 are a big part of this story, because without their hawkishness there would have been no antiwar rebellion on the left — no Michael Moore and Howard Dean, no Daily Kos and all its “netroots” imitators.

Not entirely wrong, but not entirely true. Our problem with the Democratic establishment a decade ago ran far deeper than their acquiescence on Bush’s bullshit wars. It was the notion that to win, Democrats had to keep imitating Republicans—on corporatism, on social issues, on religion, and yes, on foreign military adventures. Iraq was a symptom of a much larger problem, a Democratic Party so unsure of itself that it had lost its moorings, encapsulated by John Kerry’s “I voted for it before I voted against it” nonsense. Our party was psychophrenic, torn between doing the right thing, and doing what it thought it needed to do to win elections.

Except that what it thought made it electable actually did not. The DLC’s and Third Way’s self-serving advice, much like Grima Wormtongue’s, served only to weaken and corrupt. And as numbers junkies, we in the early netroots knew objectively that the status quo was an electoral liability. As I wrote in The Hill this week:

We were data-obsessed, poring over polling numbers and demographic trends. When we pushed the party leftward, we did so by arguing electability. We either proved those shifts would win an election (like opposing the Iraq war), or we waited for a more opportune time (like marriage equality).

Ideology informs our politics, but data informs our tactics. And we did it to great effect:

In 2006, aided by Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman’s surprise primary loss, Democrats saw the light on the Iraq war. By 2008, they had evolved on immigration. The Occupy movement brought back economic populism in 2011, and marriage equality followed in 2012. In 2013, the party is moving on guns. It may have happened incrementally, but today’s Democratic Party bears surprisingly little resemblance to its 2003 edition.

The Iraq War was certainly a major flashpoint in the development of the resurgent activist Left, just as the passage of Obamacare did the same for the Tea Party Right. But it was just part of a broader struggle. And even without the war we still would’ve had George W. Bush to organize around. He, more than anyone else, was the catalyst.

Take him out of the equation, and things would politically look a lot different. This site probably wouldn’t exist. With Al Gore in the White House I and so many others would’ve had no impetus to start blogging or organizing. On the other hand, we would’ve had hundreds of thousands of fewer dead people around the globe. Given the choice, it’s a trade I would gladly take. Unfortunately, I never had, nor ever will, have that choice.

 

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: Back for a one-week engagement!

Marriage equality, or quality hate mail … apparently that was the choice.

So I can’t promise the return of this series, but whenever enough hate mail accumulates, I’ll run with it. And if it doesn’t, I’ll nutpick. This week? Hate mail!

The goods are below the fold, as well as a theory about why this has mostly dried up (it’s actually a good thing).

Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: Did you hear that Obama is trying to buy 1.6 billion bullets?

Picture of bullets

Tools of freedom! Er, Tyranny!

Have you heard this conspiracy theory? It’s currently very popular in right-wing circles.

Why Does Obama Need 1.6 Billion Bullets? […]

During the last 10 months, the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, including millions of hollow-point bullets. The department also has purchased 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, and it has overseen the retrofitting of more than 2,000 light tanks, which, of course, were originally designed to resist the mines and ambushes of the battlefield. Why does DHS need such offensive and defensive firepower?

Wait, is Obama buying the bullets so he can stash them in the White House basement and his Chicago house, or are we talking about the U.S. government agency tasked, for the most part, with protecting our nation against external threats? Because if it’s the latter, then that headline is extra stupid.

But no, to the wingnuts, it’s obvious that “we [are] watching administration battle plans take shape against American citizens on the streets of Your Town, USA.” Sure. That’s exactly it.

Either that, or maybe the Department of Homeland Security includes such law enforcement agencies as the Border Patrol, US Customs, the Federal Protective Service (which guards federal buildings, including Congress), the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard—all of which use guns and bullets as part of their regular duties. It also runs the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Target practice uses up more bullets.

Then there’s the math. The number of bullets purchased wasn’t actually 1.6 billion, it was 450 million over five years, or 1,384 rounds per federal law enforcement agent, or 276 rounds per year, or 23 rounds per month. I blew through way more than that at shooting ranges when I was in the Army. And it was bought in bulk to save money. And those tanks? They aren’t actually tanks.

But reality aside, note that the wingnuts are getting the vapors over the US government buying guns and ammo, when they’ve been claiming that it’s our patriotic duty to arm ourselves to the teeth—lest our children get killed or womenfolk get raped. So guns are good, except for the ones that the government carries. Because tyranny.

Heck, even the NRA has told its crazies to chill. But as you’ll see below the fold, the crazies don’t care.

Saturday Nutpick-a-palooza: Obama is TOO a thug!

Validate conservative narrative, become latest conservative hero

So you all remember that Bob Woodward hilarity this week? So Woodward got into it on the phone with a White House flack, who then sent an email apologizing to Woodward, saying that he should really rethink the wrong stuff he was thinking because it was wrong and he would end up looking like a fool, and then Woodward responded with a “no need to apologize!” email, and the whole exchange was more incestuous than threatening. Remember that?

But then Woodward decided that the White House email had actually caused him to piddle his pants, and he ran to CNN, Politico, and Sean Hannity to talk about how horrible this had all been and how it’s only a matter of time before the White House starts boiling his bunnies and he’s so scaaaaared?

Most conservative media jumped on this story, eager to validate their narrative of the White House populated by Chicago thugs. But some, like Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller, played it straight:

When Woodward tells of being warned he would “regret” challenging Obama, it sounds ominous. But if Politico’s reporting today is correct, it seems much more innocuous than that.

Looks like we were played.

So how do commenters at a conservative site react to being told that perhaps, on this issue, Obama isn’t the devil incarnate? Head below the fold for the goods.

The real lessons of Robin Kelly’s victory, over her opponents and the NRA

Robin Kelly portrait

Robin Kelly, victorious

After Robin Kelly’s dominant victory in Tuesday night’s Democratic primary to fill ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s vacant House seat, there’s been a lot of very facile analysis about what this race means and doesn’t mean. On the one hand, skepticism is good: Far too often, pundits over-read meaningless special elections. But on the flip-side, acting overly dismissive of what message the results send is equally wrong-headed. That’s why it’s important to set the record straight.

The most reductionist, naïve view frames Kelly’s win as “black anti-gun candidate defeats white pro-gun candidate in black district beset by gun violence.” Yes, when described that way, it sure sounds like a nothingburger of a race. But that simplistic take elides so much and is so misleading as to be utterly false.

Here’s how things actually played out.

After Jackson resigned, a large number of potential candidates crowded into the Democratic primary, which was going to be for all the marbles. (In this dark blue district, the general election is only a formality.) Under ordinary circumstances, you’d expect a liberal black politician to emerge victorious, just given the demographics of the seat and the kind of people who have held it in the past (like, well, Jackson).

But there was an important wrinkle here: In a large, multi-way primary, the ultimate winner would likely scrape by with a narrow plurality, perhaps as low as 30 percent of the vote or even less. Head below the fold as we explore what exactly this wrinkle meant, and how it would ultimately affect the trajectory of this entire race.

Tom Tomorrow, Herblock Award winner

Snapshot of This Modern World cartoon strip

Daily Kos boasts the best political cartoonists in the biz, bar none. Objectively so!

Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.

Perkins is the creator of the weekly political cartoon, This Modern World, which appears in approximately 80 papers, mostly altweeklies. He is the editor of the comics section he created in April 2011 on Daily Kos. His cartoons have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report and The Economist. He lives outside of New Haven, Connecticut with his wife and their son.

The prize is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.” The winner receives a $15,000 after-tax cash prize and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy. Perkins will receive the prize April 25th in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress.

Dan/Tom is a pioneer of the alt-political cartooning. This honor has been long overdue.

Saturday Nutpick-a-palooza: Birth of a new feature! (maybe)

Black and white photo of abandoned insane asylum

Future home of 210 million Americans.

Last week I retired Saturday Hate mail-a-palooza. Turns out conservatives are so dejected over their electoral and demographic impotence that they’re tuning out.

In its stead, I’m testing a new feature—the Saturday Nutpick-a-palooza. For those of you who don’t know, “nutpicking” is the art of finding stupid things people say on internet comment boards. And boy, conservatives deliver a treasure trove of material to work with. So head below the fold for this pilot edition, and let me know if I should pick up the series.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: End of a series

Romney supporters crying at Boston HQ on election night as results are announced.

Obama’s reelection broke them.

With two weeks of thin gruel, I’ve started to worry that the wingnuts are simply too demoralized and turned off by politics to ever pick up the pace again. It’s not just my hate mail, it’s Fox News ratings (down to a 12-year low in January), it’s the unexpected string of Republican capitulations since the election, it’s the fact that House Speaker John Boehner hasn’t been able to pass anything of worth with a majority of his own caucus, it’s the fact that conservatives are directing their fire at each other, rather than liberals, it’s all the gay marrying, the pot, the “demographic winter” (as the racists call it). Heck, even my twitter trolls are quiet of late.

Apparently, the people who used to send me hate mails are now sending them to Karl Rove and Haley Barbour instead. Or they’re too depressed to find they are the fringe minority, from the White House, to the marriage equality initiatives, to the loss of so many poster boys like Richard Mourdock and Todd Akins. Whatever the reason, I can’t have a hate mail feature without content.

So instead of a weekly edition, I’ll publish whenever I have enough material to publish. If Republicans ever get their shit together enough to start hating on liberals again, I can always return to weekly publishing. But I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m not rooting for that to happen.

So no poll today. This week’s offerings, below the fold, are meager. But they are what they are, and if that’s the price we pay for Fox News’ worst ratings in 12 years, well then, that’s a price I’m more than happy to pay!

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza:

Tea Party rally, sign says "You ram it down our throats in 2010, we'll kick your ass in 2012"

The haters, during more optimistic times.

Today isn’t a volume play. As far as I can tell, conservatives are tuning out as they realize that 1) America hates their guts, 2) America doesn’t hate gay people anymore, 3) brown people are taking over the joint, 4) brown people hate conservatives even more than other Americans, and 5) it’s more fun for them to hate on Karl Rove.

We’re seeing this tuning out not just in my hate mail, but also in Fox News’ ratings, in Clear Channel’s troubles, in the GOP establishment’s weekly proclamations of “reinvention”, only to go back to the status quo.

Just think if you were a conservative (and oxymoron, I know), you would have suffered the devastating blow of hating Romney, then pretending to love Romney, to thinking Romney was an easy victor, to losing the White House to the Kenyan Socialist Muslim, to losing seats in the Senate including darlings Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, to seeing the popularity of the Tea Party movement crater, to watching House Republicans cave on the debt ceiling, to now watching Republicans talk about legalizing nasty brown people!

Is it any wonder they’re tuning out? So today’s big question is whether the limited goods below the fold make up in quality, what they lack in quantity.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: America isn’t what they think America is

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's million-dollar-a-year executive vice president who is the chief strategist behind the organization's aggressive political strategy.

NRA head honcho Wayne LaPierre, whose obstinance on gun regulations is worse than any petty hater.

Goal ThermometerA bunch of people hate liberals, edscan has delusions of grandeur, blah blah blah. You guys who come here for your weekly fix of hate know where to get the goods (below the fold).

But we can’t do much about these haters except laugh at them, but we can do something about the assholes at the NRA standing in the way of sensible gun regulations. So if you are angry at the state of our gun laws and want to do something about it, deny the GOP’s the 1/435th of a vote they’re expecting in the IL-02 special election. We have a great candidate in Robin Kelly. Let’s send a message that the NRA badge of approval is no longer a winner outside of rural districts.

Everyone who wants to see the NRA go down should chip in at least $3 to help make them radioactive.

Daily Kos’s candidate endorsement questionnaire, 2013-14

Daily Kos’s 2012 fundraising totals

Whenever Daily Kos considers a candidate endorsement for our fundraising efforts, we ask the campaign to fill out our short questionnaire. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive dossier—if we insisted on asking 50 questions, we wouldn’t get many responses. Rather, our aim is to focus on a handful of issues of key importance to the Daily Kos community, to help give us a feel for the people we’re thinking about endorsing.

Consequently, there are plenty of important issues that don’t appear on our questionnaire. That doesn’t mean they aren’t important to us. To be absolutely clear: We evaluate all candidates holistically and make choices based on all the public information available to us, not just our questionnaire. For instance, if a given candidate answered our questions with flying colors but has a bad record on, say, environmental issues or reproductive freedom, that is something we would most definitely take into consideration.

For the most part, our questionnaire focuses on questions other groups aren’t asking—or at least, aren’t asking publicly. It can be difficult, for instance, to find out a first-time candidate’s views on the Employee Free Choice Act, but it’s a vital piece of legislation. Similarly, we aren’t aware of any other organizations that ask about the Blue Dog Coalition or the filibuster, so we feel it’s particularly crucial that we highlight the importance of these issues. And we try to make our questions as specific as possible, often by tying them to specific pieces of legislation, in order to minimize the possibility of vague or unsatisfying answers.

We also change our questions slightly from cycle to cycle, as events warrant. For instance, last cycle, we included a question about allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire. Thanks to the fiscal cliff deal, that question was mostly resolved in progressives’ favor, so we consider that a success and have removed the question. We aren’t making many other changes: We’ve decided to focus on Medicare buy-in in our health care question (rather than the public option), and we’re also now asking about same-sex marriage, to send a statement about our values. If we make further alterations, we will of course let the community (and prospective candidates) know.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: You better not be wearing a black hat!

Graphic with text:

I’ll give them MTV. Not the old MTV, the one with music and videos. That one was awesome. But whatever the hell it is that exists today. I’m sure these people hated old MTV too, however. Madonna, you know?

This week’s hate mail haul, including a double-dose of edscan (and something about black hats) below the fold!

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: The day America died

Coffin with american flag draped over it.

Their neanderthal America really DID kick the can, and good riddance.

Denial
They were so sure that Barry Soeto Obummer and the Democrats would be firmly rejected by the American people.

Anger
Plenty of that.

Bargaining
Never!

Depression
Wouldn’t you be drepressed if you were a conservative looking at census trends? Best to circle back to “denial”.

Acceptance
Teabaggers are starting to realize that they’ve gone from trashing the GOP brand, to trashing the Tea Party brand. Maybe they’ll have more luck with “Freedom Grifters”?

Rince, lather, repeat.

This week’s goods, below the fold.

Update: Poll didn’t post because of a software glitch. Sorry about that. Better late than never?

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: Best of 2012 extraveganza

2012 was a presidential election year, so you knew the hate would be strong. But which was the strongest of all? You decide!

The worthy contestants below the fold.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: Best of Q4 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) celebrate at their election night victory rally in Chicago, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Rubbing it in their faces.

It’s time to vote for the best frothy hate from the last three months! From the unbridled joy at their inevitable November victory, to the shock, dismay, and downright craziness of their unexpected defeat. To the war on Christmas guns.

The worthy contestants, below the fold.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: What’s the opposite of holiday cheer?

Robot Santa from Futurama firing a machine gun

A santa every wingnut could embrace.

If you’ve wondered whatever happened to George Rockwell, he still emails me on occasion. But frankly, he’s become repetitive. However, I may have found a worthy replacement. While Rockwell was gentle crazy bigot, this new guy is a frothing-at-the-mouth crazy wingnut of the “Barry Sotero” variety.

At a time I’ve considered retiring hate mail-a-palooza, at least as a weekly feature, this guy promises to re-energize and re-motivate me. Hopefully he lives up to those expectations!

Have a fantastic New Year, knowing that we made a lot of these wingnuts cry in 2012. Let’s do it again. And again.

And again.

This week’s goods, below the fold!

A day without Daily Kos

Flagman resized Armando post

I pledge allegiance to the flag

For more than a decade now, Daily Kos has been a place for Democrats and progressives to congregate and analyze, organize and socialize. It’s been a place to find people who care about the same things we do. It’s been a place for people dissatisfied with the media, the conventional wisdom, and complacency. For me, it’s the place where I first found people who were “crazy” like me, about opposing the Iraq Debacle. Last year, I wrote:

Back in the fall of 2002 and spring of 2003, like many people, I was dumbfounded, astounded, flabbergasted and nonplussed by the unthinking rush to the Iraq Debacle cheered upon the by the Very Serious People of the time. It seemed unreal to me. […] I found this blog, Daily Kos, to talk about the insanity. It felt necessary then, just to make sure it was not me who was crazy. That someone else felt the same way. It turned out there were a lot of people who felt the same way. And a lot of them congregated at Daily Kos.

Those were important days for me. And I was better for having Daily Kos to go to on those days. And there have been many days like that since.

One day in particular stands out for me personally. In January 2005, Daily Kos changed the conversation about Alberto Gonzales and torture. It culminated with all the writers, past and present, joining together to urge the rejection of Alberto Gonzales and torture in an open letter:

As the prime legal architect for the policy of torture adopted by the Bush Administration, Gonzales’s advice led directly to the abandonment of longstanding federal laws, the Geneva Conventions, and the United States Constitution itself. Our country, in following Gonzales’s legal opinions, has forsaken its commitment to human rights and the rule of law and shamed itself before the world with our conduct at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The United States, a nation founded on respect for law and human rights, should not have as its Attorney General the architect of the law’s undoing. [..]

We oppose the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States, and we urge the Senate to reject him.

Rush Limbaugh didn’t think much of our effort:

“My friends, a bunch of BLOGGERS — you know those crazy folks who are online all day long saying the sky is falling — a bunch of bloggers have aligned together. That’s right my friends, they’ve ALIGNED together — to protest the nomination of Alberto Gonzales. Now, you’re probably thinking — just how many bloggers are out there in lunyville. Well, now, let’s take a look, shall we.

 I’ve got here the list from a site called DailyKos. … and these guys are against the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be our next Attorney General.  Ohhhh, I’m quaking in my boots my friends. “DAILY KOS has come out against Alberto Gonzales!” Sound the alarms, call in the Marines… My God President Bush must be burning up the phone lines to Senators, shoring up support. WHY? Because some website called “DAILY KOS” has vowed to gather more of his kind into some band of solidarity to try to prevent the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales… And my friends you wonder why these people lose elections but god bless ’em, give em credit for trying….

 But this is the best part.  DAILY KOS has gotten 100 of the A-LIST Bloggers to join him in this monumental effort to kill the Gonzales confirmation:

 My friends, it says here that “The Big Lowitski” & “Oklahoma Hippie” are against the fine man Alberto Gonzales – hahaha.  Why yes, but that’s not all!  We have much to fear, because “4 guys named Pete,” “Wiseass” & “The Booze Cabinet” are also voicing their opposition….  My friends, I for one would rathe stand with The President, our brave troops and our next Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, than with the hippies, wiseasses & booze cabinets, but this is a democracy & I think it is just great when the liberal lunatics remind us that although they are fun to keep as pets, we should not let them run the household .  Back in a moment.

While Alberto Gonzales was confirmed, the stirrings of Democrats standing up for Democratic values was beginning. Thirty-six Democratic senators (out of 44) stood up for what was right and voted “no” on Gonzales. Later, Gonzales was forced out of office and to this day remains an infamous figure. First they laugh at you, and so on. And eventually you win. Ask Joe Lieberman.

That was a proud day for me as a kossack. And there have been many many more.  Without Daily Kos, I would never have been able to have been a part of that day and many other days. That day without Daily Kos  would have made me poorer. I’m sure that each of you remember days like that, that mattered as much to you. Days when not having Daily Kos would have made you poorer.

Another series of days that stands out for me is the fight against Joe Lieberman, which ends with his ignominious retirement in 8 days. The stand out for me was the community led  battles—which I highlighted in my August 2006 post The Origins of Blogofacism: Or Why Ctkeith is my hero. Those were days where Daily Kos made a difference.

That’s why I am asking you to donate to Daily Kos, either by straight donation or by buying a subscription for yourself or for a friend. I’ve donated and I will be buying Christmas subscriptions.

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