Wednesday, December 01, 2004


Here's a girl after my own heart. Check out this blog

Here's her list of things to do before the inauguration (or is it Coronation?)

Things to do before the Inauguration
1. Get that abortion you've always wanted.
2. Drink a nice clean glass of water.
3. Cash your social security check.
4. See a doctor of your own choosing.
5. Spend quality time with your draft age child/grandchild.
6. Visit Syria, or any foreign country for that matter.
8. Get that gas mask you've been putting off buying.
9. Hoard gasoline.
10. Jam in all the Alzheimer's stem cell research you can.
11. Stay out late before the curfews start.
12. Go see a Bruce Springsteen concert before he has his "accident."
13. Go see Mount Rushmore before the Reagan addition.
14. Use the phrase "You can't do that -- this is America."
15. Take a walk in Yosemite without being hit by a snowmobile or a base-jumper.
16. Enroll your kid in an accelerated art or music class.1
7. Pass on the secrets of evolution to future generations.
18. Learn French.
19. Visit Massachusetts while it is still a State.

And I would add - hug your gay friends while they're still roaming free!

You go Girl!



NOW it's time for my I Told You So column. During the Kerry campaign, I wrote to his assistant campaign manager, Steve Elmendorf. I also posted a version of what I wrote (with somewhat less judicious wording) at, the progressive Democratic Website.

I heard back, indirectly, from the Kerry campaign that I was stirring things up and causing them trouble by using phrases like "Bush lite" in describing what John Kerry should strive NOT to be.

Here's part of what I said:

"John Kerry needs the progressive vote. He needs it most in the swing states, the ones narrowly went for either Gore or Bush in 2000. Why? Because the Republicans are going after their right. They are not wringing their hands over placating the middle. They know most moderate republicans will vote for them. John Kerry should be able to similarly relax about the moderate Dems."

But the Kerry campaign did not heed these words, nor my offer of help with the progressive base. Instead, they went after the mushy middle, and got a mushy middlin' vote.

Now, pundits on the left are echoing my sentiments. Recently, Joe Trippi said "Democrats can't keep ignoring their base. Running to the middle and then asking our base at the end of the campaign to make sure and vote is not a plan. It sure hasn't worked. And to those who say talking to your base doesn't work - read the Rove 2004 playbook!"

So good Green Dog Dems, we were right and they were wrong. Too bad it doesn't feel better.

Here's a couple more websites to add to your list of must reads:

Comments please?


Monday, November 29, 2004


Here is an updated version of the Progressive Resolution for the California Democratic Party. If any of you are in other states, you can adapt it to your own state.

Sign on at the bottom if you like, with name, City, State and affiliation with the Democratic Party, if any.




WHEREAS Democratic progressives stand for the progressive visions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and other great Democratic leaders whose dreams for the Democratic Party and America should not be forgotten, and

WHEREAS Democratic progressives who wish to have a voice within the Party on issues of concern to progressives and a place where they can air these concerns without compromise, often feel left behind by members of the Democratic leadership who (often with good reason) work to get Republican support by supporting Republican agendas as opposed to Democratic agendas, and

WHEREAS Democratic progressives want to continue to work within the Democratic Party, to continue supporting the Democratic Party and to continue encouraging others to join the Democratic Party,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned call for the creation of a progressive caucus within the California Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee and for that caucus to have a voice in official California Democratic Party and national Democratic Party policy

Dotty LeMieux
Fairfax, California
Alternate, Democratic Central Committee Marin, 2nd District

Sign us up! (Our ranks are growing daily!)

Judy Maselli, Pacifica
Michele Barni, Marin County Central Committee
Mayme Hubert, Marin DCCM
Sherry Reson, Marin County
Yvonne Clark, Sonoma
Bobby Reich-Patri, San Francisco
Leslie Sheridan, Sonoma County

For a more complete list of names, click on the green writing below; to sign on yourself, click on "post a comment" following those names. Or email me: