Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Keeping It Real...'Liberal'
Thanks, Joe Trippi, for including me on your e-mail list.
I'm not sure what treacherous liberal bastard gave or sold you my e-mail address but it's very easy for me to continue my work looking into how Simon Rosenberg, Rob Stein (and you, Mr. Trippi) are selling out the left while actively promoting the "liberal" bloggers who belong to BlogPAC if all I gotta do is check my inbox.
I'm not sure if this e-mail and conference call qualifies as an endorsement for a candidate for the office of Public Advocate, but it seems to come pretty close, at least (but then Joe, you did explicitly endorse Andrew Rasiej at your blog a few months back, though it's not mentioned in your invite).
Norman Siegel, the longtime civil rights and civil liberties activist and the former Executive Director of the NYCLU is the candidate that I'm supporting for Public Advocate, but maybe I've made a mistake.
After all, other "liberal" bloggers that I respect such as Jeff Jarvis and Instapundit seem to think an awful lot about Andrew Rasiej (which is trumpeted about at Rasiej's campaign blog) and they especially dig the column that my favorite "liberal" pundit, Thomas Friedman wrote about Andrew for The New York Times.
And just like Simon Rosenberg and Joe Trippi, Andrew Rasiej seems to be a loyal friend to his buddies in the blogosphere. Like it says at his Website:
"By now, many Democratic activists know that there are a couple of places on the web that have become hubs engaging tens of thousands of people in a constant conversation over the news, the direction of the country and what we can do to affect current events. I’m talking about sites like DailyKos.com, Talking Points Memo, and Eschaton."
This editorial that Andrew Rasiej wrote for the "liberal" New York Sun attacking the ACLU the other day is also a real vote swayer for a liberal like me.
In a May interview with Andrew Rasiej The Gothamist a publisher's note was added:
Joe Trippi, Jerome Armstrong, Bob Brigham, Liza Sabater, and Jeff Tiedrich invite you to meet Andrew Rasiej — bloggers,conference call
Dear friend:Sometimes, politics has to be about more than fighting the Right and defeating its latest terrible idea or nominee. It should also be about moving forward, making government work for all of us, and giving people a greater say in the decisions that affect their lives. That's why we're writing you about Andrew Rasiej, candidate for New York City Public Advocate, and inviting you to join a national bloggers conference call this Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30pm EST to meet him and find out why he's running. At first glance, you're probably thinking, "Why should I pay attention to this race? It's hardly the most powerful office in New York, and whatever happens in the primary I'm sure it will be held by a Democrat." And you'd be half-right; in a city dominated by registered Democrats, there isn't a serious Republican vying for the office. But what happens in New York City can affect politics across America, as we know all too well. And more than just about any major candidate that we know, Andrew is running to prove that the power of networked politics is real and can fundamentally alter not just campaigns, but also how citizens and elected officials engage in civic life. He's a candidate of new ideas, and here are his two most important proposals: 1. To make America's largest city a Wi-Fi hotzone, and to close the digital divide by creating a low-cost, high-speed wireless mesh network for everyone in the city. 2. To use the ideas behind open-source and peer-to-peer networks to reinvent the Public Advocate's office, and turn from being one person's modest soapbox into a sounding board, connecting hub and amplifying megaphone for all the hundreds of thousands of volunteer public advocates in the city. Andrew's getting attention for his innovative and common-sense approach, as these articles by Thomas Friedman (http://www.iht.com/ protected/articles/2005/08/03/opinion/edfried.php), Errol Louis (http://www.nydailynews.com/05-24-2005/news/col/story/ 312362p-267188c.html) and David Kirkpatrick (http://www.fortune.com/ fortune/fastforward/0,15704,1085718,00.html) show. And he's not just a idea guy; he has a track record of getting things done. From starting the rock club Irving Plaza to founding MOUSE.org, an education nonprofit that has trained thousands of NYC students to be their schools' own technologists, to advising top Democrats like Tom Daschle, Dick Gephardt and Howard Dean, to starting the Personal Democracy Forum—he is a doer, not just a talker. You may not agree with everything he has to say, but we urge you to give him a listen. Check out what he's saying right now over at Talking Points Memo Cafe: http://www.tpmcafe.com/story/ 2005/8/15/8488/56208. In our view, for the next four weeks until the Democratic primary, this is the most interesting race in the country. To join the conference call, please RSVP to email@example.com . The dial-up number is 563-843-7510 and passcode is 884105#. The call will start with the audience muted, but after some opening remarks we'll open it up for questions and dialogue. Sincerely, Joe Trippi (JoeTrippi.com) Jerome Armstrong (MyDD.com) Bob Brigham (SwingStateProject.com) Liza Sabater (DailyGotham.com) Jeff Tiedrich (SmirkingChimp.com) -- Reconnect New York: Andrew Rasiej for Public Advocate http://www.advocatesforrasiej.com
"Gothamist has run some ads for Mr. Rasiej's campaign, but our editorial and publishing operations are entirely separate, and no advertisement ever affects our interview schedule or contents."
Great. What a relief. As I'm a huge fan of tranparency.
BlogPAC rocks because they're there for us liberals.
(Note: Although the e-mail doesn't mention BlogPAC, according to 2004 I.R.S. filings, Jerome Armstrong acts as President of the "liberal" blogger political action committee)