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Hamsher, Greenwald & Uygur…You Are NOT The Base!

I’ve been in the base of the Democratic Party since I was 10 years old, handing out leaflets and putting stamps on envelopes for George McGovern’s campaign in 1972. I’ve donated many hundreds of dollars over the years and volunteered my time to elect Democratic candidates, I’ve only voted for one Republican in my life and that was because I knew him personally and he was a moderate, decent guy. In the 38 years of being in the base, I know what the base looks like. Hamsher, Greenwald and Uygur…I’ve served with the base, I know the base, the base are friends of mine, firebaggers, you are not the base.

The base of the Democratic party in all seriousness are unions, African Americans, Hispanics, women, younger voters and college educated folks. Here is a great breakdown of who voted in 2008. By definition, the base are your most loyal voters. The ones who always turn out for your party, the ones who work for you, support you and can be counted on. Does that describe the people who are claiming to be or represent the base? I don’t think so.

The definition of “The Base” of the party has been conveniently redefined by those in the blogosphere who are really out for a quick buck, and who are attempting to snatch and wield power by threatening candidates with challengers and by raising money for specific candidates who they feel they can control. I had to laugh when the “professional left” comment came from Robert Gibbs and many of these bloggers ran to jump in front of that bullet. They claimed that title so fast, my head spun. And what exactly did Robert Gibbs say that they were all so incensed about. “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” The way I interpreted there outrage over that comment was that they were admitting that they think Obama is like Bush, which is just plain fucking crazy and Robert Gibbs was dead on by saying they need to be drug tested. If you were offended by his comment, you deserved to be and let me tell you, YOU ARE NOT THE BASE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. If you were the base, you would not even entertain the notion that President Obama is like George Bush, it wouldn’t even cross your mind. Go look at this site and tell me this president is like George Bush.

I personally feel like the party I have been loyal to since the time I had an opinion about politics has been hijacked by opportunists. You might notice that they have to keep telling people, mostly the compliant media, that they are the base. They have taken the Republican tactic of repeat, repeat, repeat and used it for their own ends. And I’m pointing fingers squarely at the worst offenders, Jane Hamsher and Arianna Huffington. They both have built networks that raise money for “non-profits” and targeted PAC’s for the candidates of their choosing. They both prey on public outrage and anger, purposely misleading readers with headlines, purposely giving selective information to rile up their followers and often blatantly lying and mischaracterizing facts to bolster their twisted views. They have been playing people on the left for years and getting away with it.

I am here to tell you that “The Base” is alive and well and supporting this president. Even with the worst economy since the great depression, according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, the President gets an 81 – 12 percent approval rating from Democrats. On the Afghanistan War, the issue the firebaggers love to throw at him and say is so unpopular…well, “Despite increased casualties, American voters say 58 – 33 percent that eliminating the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a goal for which American troops should fight and possibly die”. Sure, some numbers in the poll aren’t very good, and like I said above, considering the state of the economy, this president has some pretty strong support. What I might call, “The Base”.

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September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Democratic Party, Jane Hamsher, Politics

15 Comments »

  1. I hear ya, Jim. I tried watching Lawrence O’Donnell’s new show last night. He began the show with the statement that Obama had called his supporters irresponsible. O’Donnell has to know he flat out lied and twisted the words the president actually said, AND he is supposed to be one of the good Democrats, yet he said all of this with a straight face. I have no idea how this turned out as I turned the channel immediately, but jeez, with Obama trying to combat bullshit like this from the left, how in the hell can he ever win.

    Comment by staci | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. Jim, you are so right on. I am the base and I have not and will not underestimate the President. Staci, I watched part of the Last Word on Monday and turned it off. That is not a show I will be watching, I have not been impressed with O’Donnell for a long time and won’t waste my time. Same with KO. Sometimes I want to knock his head off. There are a few blogs that I will read and get a perspective on what is being said and sent around and talked about, yours is one, Bob Cesca’s. Balloon Juice, The Field, Think Progress, BagNews.
    I don’t comment on all of them however.
    Thank you again for your straight talk.

    Comment by Roberta in MN | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t Uygur, Hamsher, and Greenwald all either women, minorities, or college educated?

    Comment by quark | September 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Certainly demographically, but aren’t in any way the base of my political party.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Voted for Obama in ’09, wont be voting for democrats this november on Socialist or Communist parties will get my vote. Obama wont get another vote of mine either.

    Comment by quark | September 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Enjoy your irrelevancy.

      Comment by Ebogan63 | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. rather ’08

    Comment by quark | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. Am I delusional? Before the whole healthcare fight, wasn’t O’Donnell one of the good guys? It’s like something happened to trigger his mean mode once healthcare passed and he had so vehemently predicted it’s failure. Keith – I’ve almost given up on him as well. I used to be able to sit through at least the first two segments of his show, now he’s among the most bitchy, whiny commentators around. Maybe it’s me, but once he said he didn’t vote and had such a bullshit excuse for not voting, it took a little of the admiration I had for him away.

    Comment by staci | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. “The base of the Democratic party in all seriousness are unions, African Americans, Hispanics, women, younger voters and college educated folks”

    They are called yellow dog democrats and it is a fitting description. Turn off your mind, don’t look at who or what the person stands for, lock step and vote democrat. I will do what my union tells me as they rip me off for their own gain.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | September 29, 2010 | Reply

    • See, all you can come up with are silly denunciations, and as an African-American, all too typical. Why don’t you just come out and say that we voted for President Barack Obama because he’s black?

      Comment by Ebogan63 | September 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Wouldn’t it be great if we had more than two parties to pick from, so that we could find politicians who most closely reflect our own views. Oh happy day. But I don’t really see that happening so unless I want to not vote as a protest and take myself out of the process, that is really my only other option. I vote Democratic because they represent me wayyyyyyy better than any Republican ever has. Play games with that for a while Ralph, you’re like a dog chasing it’s tail.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hamsher, Greenwald & Uygur…You Are NOT The Base!

    Louder..

    Comment by SouthernGirl2 | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  9. I don’t know where you got the college educated folks vote democrat, I’m sure your facts are correct, I just can’t find it. I have found that the majority of college students are democrats but they are idealists who will always give away something they don’t own or work for.

    You did forget one very yellow dog group. The government worker, state, local of federalist. They share the same trait as the loyal union worker, I don’t have to perform to keep my job I just have to belong. That of course goes double for government school teachers who have tenure and continue to drive the education system into the ground.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. Cenk Uygur, Markos, Taylor Marsh, Arianna Huffingtonm, Jane Hamsher, Michael Moore, Greg Greenwald and so many other of the professional class have, I believe, been trying to undermind President Obama from the beginning. They deserve to be derided as “The Professional Left”.

    These people use every opportunity they can not just to criticizing but to trash President Obama on their weekly rounds of the pundit teevee shows and in print. They are so busy whinning about what has not been done to their satisfaction that they have no clue about what has. Nor do they care.

    Some of us do know what has been accomplished in 20 months inspite of the republican some Democrats obstructing all the way, assisted by the so-called media.

    Talk about Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    Such an easy thing to transation from attacking President Bush to attacking President Obama. It barely took a breath.

    Almost reflexively, they will/can find something or someway to attack President Obama.

    There is hatred among this group of professional on the left that started during the run up to the election when Hillary Clinton and now President Obama Barack were batteling it out. They just about lost their frigging minds when President Obama won the nomination. They still cling to this hatred and are still fighting Hillary’s Clinton’s lost battle.

    Their goal is to help bring down President Obama to “prove” that Hillary Clinton should have been president. Just like the republicans and many in what passes for the media (not just Fox) they are just ticked off that President Obama has accomplishes something.

    I say to them stop your whinning and just STFU. It is so last year. No one will force them to vote for the Democrats. They cay vote for the republicans if you want. So many people vote against your own best interests already.

    But like I said earlier, just STFU and stop this incessant whinning.

    Comment by Sammy | September 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Great comment, Sammy. A friend of mine was swept up into the Hillary shrillness camp during the primary, but she came to her senses. I remember having a heated conversation with her where things came out of her mouth that I would never had thought possible. It seemed so much like the irrationality people have when they end a relationship with someone, bitterness, irrationality, emotional responses, and suspending of ones own principles because of it. I have to be careful because she reads this blog. :) Love you!!!

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | October 1, 2010 | Reply


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