Daily Archives: November 4, 2009

McGovern to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan

It’s a sign of how old I am that I remember Viet Nam. Too many voters today don’t. I wish Obama did.

Claude Levi-Strauss Dead at 100…

Levi-StraussPerhaps the greatest anthropologist of the 20th Century and one of the world’s top intellectuals (tu wit: 25 different countries officially celebrated his 100th Brithday this year), Claude Levi-Strauss died in Paris yesterday.

The author of such books as “The Raw and the Cooked,” “From Honey to Ashes,” “The Origin of Table Manners” and “The Naked Man,” Strauss completely changed the perception of what was once thought of as “Primitive Man” by analyzing the myths and legends of tribal nations in North and South America. In so doing, he created a philosophy of “structuralism” which is followed by anthropologists today.

Kos summed it up pretty well…

Over at the Daily Kos, the answer to why the elections went the way they did was pretty clear and Democrats ought to think about them good and hard:
clipped from www.dailykos.com

There will be much number-crunching tomorrow, but preliminary numbers (at least in Virginia) show that GOP turnout remained the same as last year, but Democratic turnout collapsed. This is a base problem, and this is what Democrats better take from tonight:

  1. If you abandon Democratic principles in a bid for unnecessary “bipartisanship”, you will lose votes.
  1. If you water down reform in favor of Blue Dogs and their corporate benefactors, you will lose votes.
  1. If you forget why you were elected — health care, financial services, energy policy and immigration reform — you will lose votes.

Tonight proved conclusively that we’re not going to turn out just because you have a (D) next to your name, or because Obama tells us to. We’ll turn out if we feel it’s worth our time and effort to vote, and we’ll work hard to make sure others turn out if you inspire us with bold and decisive action.

The choice is yours. Give us a reason to vote for you, or we sit home. And you aren’t going to make up the margins with conservative voters. They already know exactly who they’re voting for, and it ain’t you.
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Morning After – Score is 2 and 1

So we now have Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey (neither of which was much of a surprise given recent polls) and a Democratic Congressman from the 23d District of New York State.

Looking at Owens’ win in the 23d District, we have the interesting case of the first Democrat in over 100 years to take that office… but it is mostly because of a split between the nominated Republican and the total conservative candidate supported by the far right.

Looks like a lot of strategy has to get put in place for the 2010 elections.