At Kos, Femlaw (who deserves tons of credit for doing over there what we did here) has captured my feelings about the health care issue about as well as a any blog post can. I think that her diary is a must-read about activism and the psychology of victory vs. defeat, so rather than quote it I urge you to follow the link and read all the way through. You can also read a shorter and less moving blog post here where I explain my own perspective. Doing productive things feels good, and feeling good is a great motivator.
It’s also worth pointing out that Femlaw whipped up PTDB activism because she knew that it was the way to get things done. I more or less stumbled into it by accident. Hell, for some great entries in the oh-god-we’re-all-fucked genre of blog posting, read my first three posts after Scott Brown won Teddy’s seat. Then I phoned my Rep Mike Doyle (D-PA), mostly because my co-workers had heard enough grousing, and that felt pretty good, so I wrote a post about it. Staffers kept writing to say that the calls made a difference, and you guys wanted posts about how to do it and whom to call, and I had a gig.
So now what? I guess that Chris Dodd’s financial reform bill could use some whipping. To be honest I don’t know the details well enough to say whether it deserves our support or not. Yes? No? Any other suitable issues on the Democratic agenda? Discuss in the comments.