Saturday, October 28, 2006

Now THIS Is Funny

By Cassandra D

The New York Times is reporting on a big shift in corporate campaign donations away from Republicans and to Democrats, which actually makes me more optimistic about the Democrats' chances than a dozen polls put together.

But notice the article's graph:

In October 2004, 73 percent of money from corporate PACs went to Republicans and only 27 percent to Democrats. That makes the current 43 percent to Democrats look downright equitable.

No one could possibly argue that the Republican party isn't the party of big business. And years of the scorched earth, freeze-the-Dems-out K Street Project has had its impact.

My hopes are these:
1) The corporate donations will be balanced and won't corrupt the Democrats as they have the Republicans.
2) The mainstream media's perception that Republicans hold a death-grip on power will fade away, so that there will be no more nonsense like NBC's refusal to air ads for the Dixie Chicks' documentary, or worse, NBC and CBS's refusal to run the United Church of Christ's ad saying that they welcome all people, including gay couples.


At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Cheney/Voldemort 2008 Campaign HQ said...

I'm sorry, dear poster, but I would have to disagree on some of the premises here.

First, let's take a look at corporate giving as it's shown in that study: 57% of corporate contributions are still going to the party of fat old sleazoid greedy white men.

Second, corporate contributions in this election cycle are unprecedented because the corporations are scared whitless that if Democrats come to power, their 24K gravy train with diamond encrustations will come to a screeching halt, and they will no longer be able to write their own laws and have an oblivious Congress pass them.

Consider just this: 10 corporations spent over $140 MILLION on just the California Propositions campaigns. The corporations are not doing this for the public's good. If you doubt that, go watch The Corporation.

We absolutely, positively, undoubtedly have to stop this unrestricted stream of special interest money into our already broken elections.

But I will not be holding my breath waiting for any of the reforms we so desperately need. I know just how tenaciously the party of Greedy Odious Pedophiles is holding on to its power. They won't let go easily.

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(If you haven't thanked Mike at C&L yet, you should. He "sent" me here, just as he sent inquiring minds to our blog.)

I see this as hopeful in only one way. It represents that tiny pinpoint of light shining on the cave floor, that tells us that we're near hope. How we get out of this cave is still uncertain.

If the Dems are triumphant this year, the hard work that goes before the election will be nothing in comparison to what will be needed starting in January. Not just for cleaning up and/or correcting 12 long years of predatory republican behavior but also the struggle to stay relevant.

Any scenario for Congress' future will include the machinations of Rove/Norquist/Luntz,, with their collaboraters in the MSM.

Losing the election and the majority will be, for them, like a cattle prod. Expect to see a reprise of the Clinton years, multiplied by a factor of 100! We all know that a wounded beast is a deadly enemy. We must plan to deliver the coupe de grace in 2008 to make true progress.

We have work to do...



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