This is just sad:
Something I should say is that this whole “floors not ceilings” thing with regard to campaign finance reform shouldn’t be taken as just something to say in response to calls for contribution limits. Even relatively modest public financing would, if applied systematically, really transform the American political system. Consider, for example, this story about how only fifteen percent of Virginia House of Delegates seats are being contested.
Where is the activist base, you know, the real base, the ones who make everything happen and the rest of you should just stfu and follow their lead. Well, they’ve been busy with other important shit:
A group of around ten women in Muslim headscarves crashed the RightOnline conference for about ten minutes Saturday, protesting what they said was an incident targeting Muslim women Thursday night.
A spokesperson for the group of women told TPM they weren’t sure of the identity of the man responsible for the Thursday incident — when two hijab-wearing women were followed by a man with a cell phone camera who reportedly asked them why they were dressed the way they were “in America” — but rumors that the incident involved an employee of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart were rampant at Netroots.
It was partially a confrontation over those rumors that caused the Breitbart kerfuffle at Netroots Friday.
The women who arrived at RightOnline were Netroots attendees, and were accompanied by blogger John Aravosis and gay rights advocate/provocateur Dan Choi.
And what else has the “real base,” the ones who get Democrats elected, been up to:
Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was glitter-bombed by two female activists during a stop in San Francisco on Thursday.
The bombardment came less than a month after a gay activist showered Pawlenty’s GOP rival Newt Gingrich with glittery confetti.
Pawlenty was signing copies of his new memoir “Courage to Stand” when Nancy Mancias and Chelsea Byers, representatives of anti-war group CODEPINK, began dumping the pink sprinkles over his head.
We need better activists. We need more people like Kay- folks who go to local meetings, organize, and get out the vote. We don’t need any more grandstanding jackasses trampling innocents in attempts to get in front of a camera to promote themselves while telling the rest of us to go to hell. Basically, what we need is you and me to get off our asses and do what we did in 2008- volunteer, go door to door, man phone banks, donate money, and all the hard work that actually brings about change.
I challenge each and every one of you to call a local or national democratic organization in the next few days and offer to volunteer your time. Sit down and think of a realistic amount of time you can offer every week until November 2012, and then beyond. I will do the same.