Steve Bjerklie (stevebj) Tue 4 Apr 06 12:41
Could the issue in Indiana in '04 have been that Kerry was a Democrat from Massachusetts? Which way did Indiana go in '92 and '96? (And '00, for that matter?)
Doug Masson (dmasson) Tue 4 Apr 06 12:48
Indiana hasn't gone to a Democrat in a Presidential election since LBJ. Before that it was FDR. You have to have a landslide of gargantuan proportions before Indiana's electoral votes go to the Democratic candidate.
Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Tue 4 Apr 06 21:33
Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington are, in many ways, a lot more like Idaho than like Portland or Seattle. And yes, Spokane is known as the capital of Northern Idaho, and it's even considered to be part of a municipal district with Coeur d'Alene.
Angie Coiro (coiro) Tue 4 Apr 06 23:40
Chocola is targeted in the latest round of MoveOn ads: <https://political.moveon.org/donate/redhanded.html> (Drift - the South Bend Trib identifies MoveOn as DC-based. I thought they've always been Berkeley-based?)
Doug Masson (dmasson) Wed 5 Apr 06 07:06
I saw (or rather heard - the TV was on in the background) one of those ads the other day. Now it's my understanding that Chocola has called on his Democratic rivals to join with him in condemning the ad. The South Bend Tribune article is here: <http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060404/News01/604 040381/CAT=News01> Chocola who represents Indiana's 2nd District is one of a handful of Republicans targetted by MoveOn's ad campaign. From the Tribune story: "Instead of protecting us, Congressman Chocola has been caught red-handed, protecting oil company profits while we pay more at the pump," the ad proclaims while showing Chocola with a raised hand that is stained red. According to the commercials, Chocola has accepted more than $80,000 from various energy and natural resources PACs since he began running for Congress "while voting against bills that would have penalized those companies for price gouging." ---- I don't know whether this is the best way to get at Chocola -- frankly, with the DeLay and Cunningham related corruption scandals and the Bush administration's huge deficits and the quagmire in Iraq, I hadn't even thought of the oil companies in awhile.
Angie Coiro (coiro) Wed 5 Apr 06 10:11
How about that kind of ad in general? - and in specific, from a progressive org like MoveOn? How will that play to Hoosiers?
Doug Masson (dmasson) Wed 5 Apr 06 10:30
My general sense is that the Hoosiers who are politically aware enough to know who MoveOn.org is have made up their minds in any case, either for or against. Despite Republican efforts to turn MoveOn into a boogie man ala Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, I just don't think the less aware bulk of Hoosiers are aware enough of MoveOn to care one way or another.
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Wed 5 Apr 06 12:26
It's been two weeks since you first joined us here in Inkwell and I thank you for your generosity in sharing your expertise and experiences with us during that time, Doug. Thanks also to you, Hal, for leading the conversation. Our virtual spotlight has turned to a new guest, but that doesn't mean this discussion must stop. The topic will remain open for more comments indefinitely, so if you're able to continue, please feel free. Thanks, it's been great!
Doug Masson (dmasson) Wed 5 Apr 06 12:31
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 5 Apr 06 13:34
It's wonderful to talk about political blogging with such specificity and real-world examples. Really enjoyed it!
Doug Masson (dmasson) Wed 5 Apr 06 16:50
Special thanks go out to you Gail. Your question prompted my typo which led to my discovery that a primary candidate in my Congressional district was squatting on the ".com" version of his opponent's ".org" campaign URL and redirecting traffic. I've heard rumors that some influential local Democrats are pretty disgruntled by that kind of sketchy behavior. So that may well end up being something that decides the outcome of the primary race. So that's kind of cool, even if the eventual nominee is likely to be a sacrificial lamb regardless of what happens.
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 5 Apr 06 16:54
That's such a kick. Praise gopod for typo divination!
Hal Royaltey (hal) Wed 5 Apr 06 22:27
I can't thank you enough Doug! It's been a real pleasure talking to you these past two weeks. Please do check in here whenever you can, because the political scene will be heating up later this year as the midterm elections approach. I would also encourage our readers, both on and off the Well to keep up with Doug's blog.
Doug Masson (dmasson) Thu 6 Apr 06 06:47
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