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And They Call the Republicans the Retro Party?

Last week I “attended” a webinar produced by the people behind the Retro vs. Metro project (the main feature of which is the book “The Great Divide”). The authors of “The Great Divide,” John Sperling and Suzanne Helburn participated, as did Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. The discussion began with an overview of the Retro vs. Metro project and then moved to the election and the post-election fallout. There were only two memorable moments: Sperling essentially saying that Kerry ran a candy-ass campaign when the Democrats really needed a fighter of a candidate, and Amy Goodman asking tough questions of her guest, a lawyer working for the Kerry/Edwards campaign in Ohio.

There was a survey that I took after the webinar was over, pretty generic stuff. But when I got to question #11, I lost a great amount of confidence in the Retro vs. Metro folks, even if they weren’t directly involved in the survey preparation.

  1. Speakers that I am interested in hearing from on future Webinars:
    Jesse Jackson
    Lech Walesa
    Leon Panetta
    Bill Clinton
    Sean Pean
    Robert Rodrigues
    Michael Moore
    Rebecca Rimel
    George Lakoff
    Julianne Malveaux
    James Carville
    Barak Obama
    Howard Dean

The only person whom I am nearly completely interested in hearing from is the last one on the list, Howard Dean. Lakoff and Obama seem to be the flavors of the month, but they really don’t have anything earth-shattering to say. Everyone else on the list is a dinosaur. Where do they get off calling the Republicans the Retros?

If they truly want some fresh thinking, I have an idea where they can start.

Posted by JD on December 6, 2004 at 01:04 AM | Permalink


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Thanks, John ... :-) ... I couldn't agree more ... the weakness of the so-called "left" in this country has been a major factor in the rightward drift since 1979 ...

There are some things that the metro vs. retro campaign have been very good about, but that this is their initial post-election initiative is VERY sad indeed ...

Well-done, brother ...

Posted by: Dave | Dec 6, 2004 3:18:54 AM

I only want to hear from Dean as well. Lakoff states the obvious, but the Democrats don't do anything about the way Republicans "frame things" anyway. I have a hunch Obama will turn out to be another Democratic DLC style "Centrist". The rest of had plenty of time to speak prior to November, and you see the results. This is indeed sad, but no sadder than they handwringing that is going on within the party itself.

Posted by: GR | Dec 6, 2004 6:59:20 PM

As if on cue, Dean speaks. And has some pretty good things to say.

Democrats balance budgets, Republicans do not. Democrats consistently try to pass legislation that would provide some kind of affordable health care, Republicans do not. Democrats believe we ought to raise the minimum wage to help the average worker keep up with the cost of living, Republicans do not. Democrats believe corporations have too much power over our daily lives; Republicans do not - and to prove it, they have given away billions of dollars of our tax money to the biggest corporations in the world over the last four years.

Posted by: GR | Dec 7, 2004 10:20:55 AM

Dean has a major speech lined up for tomorrow morning, Wed. Dec. 8.

Posted by: JD | Dec 7, 2004 10:56:20 AM

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