Act Blue Turned Conservadem

I was reading a post on Crooks and Liars about Maddow blasting Conservative Democrats when a familiar name popped up (source TPM):

“Conservadems like Jon Tester and Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are siding with the Republican senators, who are siding with no voters — not even their own!” Maddow exclaimed, noting a recent CNN poll that found that 63 percent of Republicans favored saving the jobs of teachers and first responders.

That name rang a bell… Oh right here he is, and again here with other “netroots” candidates.  What should we do with outsider candidates we vigorously supported and helped win office, when they turn directly against us once in office?

Help vigorously support their primary opponents.


You Are About to be a Terrorist

Do you ever disagree with our government? Are you perhaps anti globalization? A liberal? Then this should worry you silly (David Niewart posting at Firedoglake, emphasis mine):

Last week I tried to explain why Jane Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007” is a profoundly bad idea, one likely to skew and misdirect the fight against genuine terrorism into an ideological witchhunt that poisons our constitutional rights.

What I neglected to mention, unfortunately, is that this Orwellian bill is very much on the verge of becoming reality. It has already passed the House by a 400-6 vote, and now sits before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs — chaired by that “Independent Democrat” Joe Lieberman.

I think we can all see where this is heading. Joe loves him those Muslim-bashers, and this bill is tailor-made for them.

This is in danger of becoming law.

At this point, the bill certainly looks to be a fait accompli. Perhaps, somewhere in the Senate, someone will find the courage to stand up and question what this bill does and where it is taking us.

It would take an act of unusual courage this year, because you can be certain anyone doing so would be accused of being “soft on terrorism” — and nothing sends politicians on both sides of the aisle scurrying faster than those dread words. And the Democrats voters put in power in 2006 have not exactly been profiles in courage so far, Chris Dodd notwithstanding.

No, they certainly have not been.

Here are the Democratic members of the Senate Homeland Security committee:

Carl Levin, MI

Daniel Akaka, HI

Thomas Carper, DE

Mark Pryor, AR

Mary Landrieu, LA

Barack Obama, IL

Claire McCaskill, MO

Jon Tester, MT

Not exactly a promising list, I know. But it is what it is.

Actually, that is a damn promising list. Jon Tester rode into office on the coattails of the DailyKos/netroots community. Failing to fight on this bill would be turning his back on that community in the worst way. And Barack Obama is a candidate for president who is the underdog in a very close race. The chief criticisms against him is that he does not have substance and he does not take risks. Championing the opposition to this bill would smartly deal with both issues. And for a man who wants to restore trust in government, his efforts here would go a long way.

In the Homeland Security Committee Democrats I see a lot of promise. The question is will they fulfill it?