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Or so seems to be the prevailing wisdom in Washington, D.C., where winners and losers from the Republican and the Democratic Party get together, and plan for "opportunities" ahead at an exclusive retreat for the well-to-do away from the hoi polloi. It seems that David Axelrod, the well-known advisor to President Barack Obama, is going to attend the bipartisan event held by Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential loser in the 2012 election, and give a speech at that event with the likes of Rep. Paul Ryan, Governor Christie, Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson, and the DNC Chair, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The list of speakers includes some surprising names, including David Axelrod, one the masterminds behind President Obama’s campaign to defeat Romney last year. At various points during the campaign, Axelrod accused Romney of being secretive, dishonest, and “living on a different planet.”

In the announcement, which was included in an email to supporters that was obtained by the Globe, Romney also says the speakers will also include his former running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as well as Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, who chaired a bipartisan debt-reduction commission.

If this isn't a display of back-scratching that typically goes on in Washington, D.C., then I don't know what this is. It makes a mockery of the entire political process that went on in the 2012 presidential election, and shows you that the people that President Barack Obama surrounds himself with are not the kind of people that are truly concerned about us regular Americans, and couldn't give a damn about what happens to the middle class. Whatever policies they're discussing at this retreat, it's certainly not the kind that will help the middle class get ahead with increasing wages, improving regulations, and balancing the playing field in their favor.

Our party has been taken over by those who are tilted towards Wall Street instead of Main Street. They serve the elite, and not us. We haven't crashed the gates at all. The gate has been closed on us after the 2004 presidential election, and gilded even further with more locks, obstacles, and barriers on the land surrounding that gate. If we have to have any hope of justice for the middle class with a future that is bright for us all, we've got to take the party back.

Get involved at the local level. Take over the county parties. Take over the state parties. It's what the Deaniacs did in 2004 after Howard Dean lost, and we fought to get him in place as the DNC Chair. It's time to do what we did in 2004 for 2014.

This is what we need to seriously discuss and do as a progressive community. Are you in?

Originally posted to slinkerwink on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Policy Zone, Dailykos Kossacks For Action, and Team DFH.

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  •  Remember, folks... (13+ / 0-)

    There's a VAST difference between those with an (R) next to their names, and those with a (D) next to their names.

    A VAST difference.

    Remember that!  

    Keep that in mind!

    "Do something pretty while you can" -- Stuart Murdoch

    by Cassiodorus on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:05:32 PM PDT

  •  Oh it's still our party... (13+ / 0-)

    They just have us waiting behind the velvet rope.

    I'm SURE that they'll let us in... course, those sexy lobbyists get to go in first...

    And the guy who bribes the bouncer...

    etc... etc...

    /snark

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:09:49 PM PDT

    •  Everyone that's in the well-to-do (8+ / 0-)

      seems to be way ahead in that line, and we're way behind.

    •  They'll let us in (9+ / 0-)

      when the campaign starts and they need canvassers.

      Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

      by Words In Action on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:29:10 PM PDT

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      •  Hear, hear, WIA. And thanks slinkerwink for this (4+ / 0-)
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        diary.

        Unfortunately, 'conservadems' have a lock on the party where Mr. M and I live.

        We've tried what you suggested.  It was not possible to penetrate the small conservative clique that runs the Dem Party in this County (and town).

        I'm sure that you guys know that in many states, the Democratic Party pols are all conservatives, too!

        Never mind just the party bureaucracy.

        Seriously, there is no real difference where we live in policy pronouncements or substance between most R's and D's--only style and rhetoric.

        Both my Republican Senators have worked with the Gang of Six (and Eight)--IOW they are the same ideological bend as this Administration--corporatist, or so-called centrists!

        Heck, Senator Corker ran to the 'left' of the Democratic Senatorial candidate.

        The Democratic Senatorial candidate actually filmed a campaign ad from a Church Pew.

        We were mortified!

        But good luck to those who can penetrate the Dem Party structure in their area.  It is the only hope!

        Mollie

        "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:20:20 PM PDT

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      •  Nope. (1+ / 0-)
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        You'll think you've been let in, that you're valued, etc., but once the election is over, reality returns, the cigarettes are smoked then those on top roll over and go to sleep, only to sneak out of the bedroom at the crack of dawn without a backward glance.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:52:03 PM PDT

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        •  Hey, I'm certainly realistic that it is not (1+ / 0-)
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          feasible to do this, everywhere.

          As I pointed out, it would basically be an impossible task where I live.  We know--we tried it.  And we worked with a group of lefties--DFA Chapter members.

          And we're in a major university town, LOL!  So much for 'liberal' academia.  ;-)  Mr. M and I were always 'far to the left' of our colleagues.  

          And it's even a 'myth,' as far as I'm concerned that academia has 'left' leanings, anymore.  With all the Centers of Excellence, etc., funding research activities, many public universities are hard to distinguish from corporations.

          Having said that, I believe Roger had a 'success story,' and I imagine those in somewhat 'bluer' localities have them, as well.

          Frankly, I'm not sure what other options we have, at this time.  ;-)

          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


          hiddennplainsight

          by musiccitymollie on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:07:46 AM PDT

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    •  Velvet rope? You must be delusional... (1+ / 0-)
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      Trade folk and commoners have to use the back door.

      Slink is right.   The Democratic Party was sold to the highest bidder, and we got had in 2006, 2008, 2010, and then 2012 again.    Clinton screwed labor and passed NAFTA and turned his attention to Wall Street. The party hasn't looked back since and is in bed with the GOP and the 1%.

      Snyder and his TeaPots have shown that they can hurt us at the state level as much if not more.  In 3 short years, they have dismantled and destroyed our government, schools, tax structure, and safety net.   If we don't get them out of office quick, the only thing left is the water and the lakes.   Oh yeah, the fracking too.  They want to frack the hell out of the state and build pipelines to moves the ooze.

      What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

      by dkmich on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:59:57 PM PDT

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  •  Mark Penn, where are you? (8+ / 0-)

    Don't you love the oily political consultants that move from corporate PR to Dem. campaigns & back?

    This is still a political operative class that works hard to make sure that politicians are the best investments a corporation can make.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:13:05 PM PDT

    •  I respect political consultants that stay on (2+ / 0-)
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      one team. I don't respect those that flip back and forth. They're snakes.

      •  comes with the territory of being a (1+ / 0-)
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        "professional expert", who wants to sell his services to make enough money to "feed his family". They are "humans" too, you know.

        I wonder how much that is also true for professional activists.

        I never knew that there is something like a professional activist as a job description for work you do to make a living.

        Not that I mind much, as long as they don't sell out the cause for which they are being an activist for. But it is a concept I had to learn about, it didn't came naturally to me.

  •  The topic du jour (13+ / 0-)

    will undoubed be getting their hands on our SS while cutting Medicare. Den of thieves, all of them.

  •  heh, they can probably taste our ss money... (14+ / 0-)

    now, they're so close to it, so they have to plan for what they're going to steal next.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:36:23 PM PDT

  •  Where to donate? (2+ / 0-)
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    Is there an Orange to Blue candidate list for 2013 (or 2014)?

    I liked the 2012 list and used it to prioritize last year's contributions.  I'd like to do the same this year if possible.  I don't want to just contribute to the DNC, DSCC or DCCC - I'm too unhappy with some democrats currently in office, especially since they couldn't get it together and pass filibuster reform.  (And, of course, I don't like the president's budget at all, and your news isn't good either.)

    Act Blue is too broad - they seem to include almost all democratic candidates in almost every race.  I'm looking for something more focused where a relatively small contribution might be more effective or more needed.  I don't like the one-off fundraising requests in individual diaries - it's too hard to budget and prioritize that way.

    Is there a PAC or anything else that will accept contributions and allocate them as needed?

  •  Thanks slink! (12+ / 0-)

    We do need to take over the party starting at the local level - it is high time that we put "representative" back in government!

    Off topic -but hope you and the little slink are doing well ;)

  •  More proof that we have Two Wings of the Same (9+ / 0-)

    Corporatist Party. Or as I like to call it the American Fascist Party. Thanks for sharing this slink.

    Obama Style Justice: Make 99% of Bush Tax Cuts Permanent. Then cut Senior's Social Security to pay for it. Hey Grandma, F#@K YOU!

    by CitizenOfEarth on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:10:08 PM PDT

  •  Yup, it starts local (6+ / 0-)

    Recently moved from NJ to Ct. Within 2 months I was on the Municipal Committee.

    I served in my town in Montclair NJ from 2006-2008 too. I won on a write in vote campaign, I printed up a letter and walked half my district, got 17 votes, Mickey Mouse got one vote. But I got all liberal on them and someone made a very organized effort against me 2 years later.

    Lesson might be: HOld your tongue until you can get your numbers up into a significant voting block.

    Our NJ county DFA still meets each month. Many of those core groups might still be active, and thats a great foundation to work from.

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:14:01 PM PDT

    •  The conservatives regularly run stealth (0+ / 0-)

      candidates.  They purposely do not mention any of their deeply conservative ideas or philosophies until into office. Once there in a majority, then spring into action.

      See the Kansas legislature this year for a perfect example of waiting until the right moment - a strong majority - then springing into action to pass radical bill after bill.

      They are more devious than Democrats and have long range goals. Being fiercely motivated, they single-mindedly pursue those goals.  

      Democrats are stuck in the "compromise is good" mode and just help the Republicans get their way, albeit a tiny bit more slowly than without "compromise."

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:40:57 PM PDT

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      •  Background checks. Do them on candidates. (2+ / 0-)
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        Hold job interviews not beauty contests. Hold forums with questions from the audience. Build a bench by having primaries so people get used to interacting with the public and you can find out who's comfortable with people and who's not.
        The people never have governed yet. But, the pols can see them marching over the horizon and it's got the scared. If the parties don't re-invent themselves they will be out of a job. DFA and OFA and the Progressives are breathing down their necks.  In New York it's the Working Families Party.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:46:34 PM PDT

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        •  How are the Obama lists going to be used? (0+ / 0-)

          to primary Rep Honda?

          .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:34:55 PM PDT

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          •  It's likely that OFA doesn't know yet (0+ / 0-)

            what it's going to do. At the moment, they're hiring state organizers.

            Regardless, the phrase "primary an (incumbent)" is totally inappropriate. Elections are voter actions. Voters select and elect. They are not to be "sold" public servants, as if they were at a slave auction. Hiring people is a different process that doesn't rely on superficial optics to pick a candidate like a shiney object. If we're going to make good decisions, voters have to be actors and candidates for public office have to demonstrate their talents. "Looks are deceiving." Speaking well is a requirement in a public forum. Thinking out loud is useful, if it's a sign of thought. Reading and writing with comprehension are important. People who parrot talking points prepared by speech writers ought to be eschewed.  Tool usage by a candidate for public office would be a "tell," so to speak. Toll usage tells us a person is hands-on, not afraid to get dirty, not averse to muscle strain.
            In short, we should be looking for well-sounded persons who can "strut their stuff." Acting is a craft. Look at Al Franken as a model. There is a big difference between stage and screen. The camera lies.

            We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

            by hannah on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:24:16 AM PDT

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      •  Right on comprimise, its all the rage today. (0+ / 0-)

        To quote my mentor on this hang up with compromise "Bart Simpson" Bite me.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:33:19 PM PDT

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  •  please excuse if a repeat to thread (6+ / 0-)

    America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work For the Rest of Us

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    EXCERPT

    Support the Robin Hood Tax: National Nurses United is leading the charge for a small tax on all sales of stock, bonds and derivatives. They aptly call it "A Sin Tax on Wall Street."

    Eleven other nations are instituting such a tax which would go a long way towards putting the high frequency vultures out of business, as well as moving significant sums from the bloated financial sector to the rest of the economy. (See robinhoodtax.org)

    Full disclosure: We need to shine a bright light on what these hedge funds do. Many are so large that they could have an enormous negative impact on the economy if their bets go wrong. We need to know exactly how they make their money. If revealing those "trade secrets" undermine their profitability, so be it.

    Of course, none of this will come easy. But sooner or later the American public will act on what they already sense: we are leeced each day in a myriad of ways by the big banks and hedge funds.

    Mike:"Incidentely, Truman is the first child to be legally adopted by a corporation?" Christof: "That's correct."

    by anyname on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:14:37 PM PDT

  •  The greatest class I took in college (11+ / 0-)

    `was a PoliSci class that used the book The Irony of Democracy by Dye and Zigler.  It expounded teh "elite" theory of government and showed how the leaders of the various parties and movements soon find that they have more in common with each other, and with upholding the system generally, than they do in making any reforms.  The Professor used to say that Jesse Jackson and Jesse Helms had more in common with each other than either had with anyone in the classroom.  

    Soon, we will be treated to the spectacle of ex-President Obama hobnobbing with the highest caste of movers and shakers and taking his rightful place at the trough.  Its how its done, you get there and you make sure that your kids and your kids' kids have entree into the upper crust.

    . On ne gagne que les combats que l'on mène

    by NearlyNormal on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:24:43 PM PDT

    •  You've nailed it, Nearly Normal. This is exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      what the ultra [infamous] right wing writer and (former?) AEI think tanker, and co-author of The Bell Curve, Charles Murray wrote in one of his more recent books.

      Murray, who is an Ivy Leaguer himself, points out that there is 'not a dime's worth of difference' between members of that class (by party affiliation).

      He cites numerous similar or identical traits (I may post some of them in a follow-up comment, later) which they all share.

      One is a near contempt for folks unlike them (in many aspects).  Which is not to say that there are absolutely 'no exceptions.'

      For instance, most very wealthy and influential folks are quite physically 'fit.'  [Not all, of course.  Again, a generalization.  They put a big price, and a lot of effort behind this.]

      According to Murray, in general, the elites have a great deal of contempt for 'overweight folks.'

      He mentions research that [as I recall] involved going to different PTA meetings--poor or very moderate income communities versus PTA meeting in affluent communities.

      Parents in the poorer communities--generally overweight or obese.  Parents in the upscale communities--generally thin to average weight.

      According to Murray, the 'elite' generally attribute 'weight problems' to lack of the proper 'values,' character flaws such as slothfulness, etc.  Not that politicians would come out and 'say' this, of course.

      But that is the 'thinking' widely shared by members of elites in both parties, equally.  Not just Republicans.

      And on the other side, he said that many, if not most, of his fellow Republicans listen to NPR.  

      In spite of their over-the-top rhetoric that demonizes public radio and TV, which is presumably 'kabuki' for their base.

      Anyway, that part of the book (don't remember the name now--I have the e-book which I purchased for research reasons a year of so ago) was rather interesting.

      I found it believable that there is little difference in attitudes toward 'the masses of the American People,' due to party affiliation at very highest levels or echelons of power and authority (including among lawmakers).

      And while I take him with a BIG grain of salt regarding all of his so-called sociological and economic 'theories,' I  have no reason to doubt that this in mostly true.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:02:13 PM PDT

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  •  Even more evidence that they do not work (8+ / 0-)

    for the American people.

    They work for themselves first, and for their corporate/rentier/ownership overlords second.

    The needs of the nation -- for the 99% -- come far, far down the list, if on the list at all.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:27:56 PM PDT

  •  perhaps its finally time for this idea... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ralph Reed in reverse: secularize, localize, regionalize...

    keep singing it sistah!

    btw, congrats on the baby... i left a comment in your diary about the baby, but I was late to the party and it was buried at the end. just wanted to let you know.

  •  Electing better Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    We have long ways to go.

    But we got to keep trying.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:28:01 PM PDT

  •  David Axelrod just tweeted this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Pleased to be asked by Gov. Romney to his retreat to talk about my child's ordeal & need to @cureepilepsy. It kills 50k-a-year-Rs, Ds & Is!

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:01:43 PM PDT

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