What a bunch of stupid asses.
First off, the economy? It is an issue. It is not the only or even major reason for Barack's problems on the left.
His problems are his creations.
And the people who are making a difference? Uh, people like C.I., Kat, Ava and Wally. They're not just living online like Peter and the losers. They're on high school campuses and college campuses telling the truth about War Hawk Barack. They're speaking to labor groups and women's groups, senior citizens groups and immigrant groups. They didn't start that yesterday.
They tell the truth and they're all over the country telling it.
Barack's actions have told on him, no question. But it's the brave people, the ones who take reality to the people, interact with them, hear their opinions, respond to their questions, that have made a difference. I think the gang takes off four or five weeks total each year.
They're the ones making the difference not a circle jerk online.
You talk to Elaine and she'll tell you C.I. spoke out after 9-11 about the crackdown on liberties. And she attended some of those and there was a huge push against speaking out but C.I. kept up. And it made a difference -- that's all the people who did that, not just C.I. The same difference can be seen and felt in the difference between when the gang hit the road after Barack was sworn in and today. They've done the hard work. They've faced the hostile crowds and still told the truth.
These little Blogging-Changed-My-Life kiddies? They haven't done s**t. From the safety of their keyboards, they rant and rave (usually very weak rants and raves, in my opinion). They don't take it to the people. And any encounters they do have are with those already in the choir. I'd love to see one of them spend even one week walking into the lion's den over and over to tell the truth about the continuing Iraq War or the drone attacks in Pakistan or any of the major issues the media regularly rushes to ignore.
In Feb. 2009, I spent a day with the gang on their speaking, just tagging along. I'd been warned it would be hostile. Kat's attitude is always blase, she doesn't care. Ava plays it close to the vest but she may have been a little worried and Wally was making jokes so I think he was. C.I. wasn't. Elaine told me long ago that to take the hard positions C.I. does requires something more than confidence and it's that C.I. can honestly handle hate. And she really can. She can walk into a room of people and they can hate what she's saying and it doesn't bother her. Not only that, she'll win them over before she's done speaking.
Back then, I mentioned what Elaine and I had been discussing and asked her about that and C.I. said she honestly prefers a group that's not eager because they have no expectations that she (C.I.) has to live up to.
And I believe that because Elaine told me how, for instance, in college, there were times when C.I.'s hands would just shake so bad in piano class that she'd have to stop. The college professor who taught piano loved C.I. (Not in love with her, he just thought she was amazing.) And it was too much for C.I. Those kind of expectations were just too much and unnerved her. So I really do get why she can walk into a room of people and know that they are going to be hostile to her message and to her and not be phased at all by it -- in fact, to thrive in such an environment.
But this summer, I spent one day with them (while I was staying at C.I.'s for two weeks in the Bay Area) as they spoke to labor groups and the shift was there. There is not hostility to telling the truth about Barack today.
And that comes from Barack telling the truth on himself and people being willng to engage on that topic face to face.
I'm sure that blogs helped somewhat (whether a tiny one like mine or a big one like Marcy Wheeler writes at) but that's not the main thrust. The main thrust, the main engine of change has been the groups of people like C.I.'s group (and I know of seven other similar groups) going around the country, speaking face to face and talking about what's really going on in this country. They're the ones who deserve credit. Any of us can get online and type away. It takes a lot more energy and skill to be honest face-to-face.
I'm tired and lazy tonight so I'm stealing a Kat move, swiping links from Third to note who I've written about:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Ava,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Wally of The Daily Jot,
And I hope you read my cousin's "Thoughts on Black Republicans" -- Stan did a great job and I couldn't have written it any better.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"