Tuesday Open Thread

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    A special salute to our Polsters in the eastern plains and Colorado West.  You may be outnumbered politically, but you keep the flame of democracy burning with your courage, your wisdom, your humor and your decency. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      Mercy bow cups, podnuh…🤠

    • JohnInDenver says:

      The principled opposition to the current Republican "representation" is to be cheered, indeed. 

      I'm curious … has there been some known effort in the last decade or so to figure out a plan to grown the pockets of blue and gnaw into the Republican dominance?  I assume that it would need to be something like The Blueprint — a multi-cycle intentional effort coordinating existing Dem structure, progressive groups, and searching for voters willing to consider Democrats, backing it with a common strategy, messaging, and year-round effort, getting enough money to make it run, and of course, finding good candidates that "fit" into the effort.

      • kwtree says:

        In Morgan County, under the leadership of the last Morgan County Dems chair, warrior April Bowen, Dems abandoned the strategy of flying under the radar, hoping not to make conservative neighbors too mad, and being more or less a social / support club.

        The tradition had been rhat Democratic candidates were sacrificial lambs or place holders who went through the motions of campaigning , knowing they’d lose. Often, Republicans ran unopposed. ( Sonnenberg, Pelton)

        But under Bowen’s leadership, eastern plains counties began to: 

        *show up loud and proud at all the local events, parades, festivals, county fairs, with lit and voter registration tables, floats and trailers in the parades, etc. Often, since indivdual county Democratic membership was low, combining several county efforts into one event worked well as a show of force.

        *During the 2016 and 2018 elections, we had well-attended candidate forums and debates.
        *The social club needs were still taken care of with parties, fundraising events, and the like. Plus folks voiced rural concerns at the Denver “Big Dem” Obama and Lincoln dinners and, of course, state assembly.

        Strong candidates like Bethleen McCall ran real campaigns. They still lost, but articulated Democratic policy alternatives in an ever-Trumpier environment. We canvassed hard, in areas where no Democrat had gone before- young Latines in trailer parks said that no onehad ever asked them to vote before.

        To sum up, eastern plains Dems got bold, joined forces, and showed up. This moved the needle 10 percentage points in the CD4 race over a decade to 39% in 2018, the best Dems did since Betsy Markey beat Musgrave in 08.

        Social media helps in organizing in isolated places, too…as far as I can tell, western slope Dems are following this same “blueprint”.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Thanks, V.  Sunday mornings at our local cafe are always the best place to “fish”. This week’s “O’Biden rage” was centered around the hoax of climate change and monkey pox (which everyone in real Merika knows is just an STD caused by gay people). Heard mention of another recall petition on Jared (I couldn’t tell whether or not the clown 🤡 was joking or not.  When I ask the Catholics walking in whether they’ve read Papa Frank’s encyclical on the environment or the history of the Pontifical Academy of Science all you get are blank stares. <sigh>

      • Voyageur says:

        I was a Denver Republican for 32 years, so I know how it feels to be outnumbered.  But rural Democrats still can make the margin of victory in statewide races or ballot issues.

        It's still amazing that so many rural folks want to shrink the government down to where it can just afford those farm subsidies.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    How about some equal opportunity hit pieces? There's one daily taking down Heidi Ganahl, but almost nothing aiming at Joe O'Dea.

    I worry that you're hurting Joe's feelings by ignoring him 🙁

  3. Voyageur says:

    Tune of Banana Boat song:


    O’Dea oh, O’Dea oh.

    Election come and he get no vote.

    Campaignin’ all day for billionaire rights.

    Election come and he get no vote.

    Tellin’ little pregger girls  they can’t abort.

    Election come and he get no vote.

    Claimin’ our drought is a liberal hoax.

    Election come and he get no vote.

    Sayin’ guns got rights but dead kids got none.

    Election come and he get no vote.

    Hey Mr. Tally man, tally up de ballots

    Election come and he get no vote.

    O’Dea Oh, O’Dea Oh.

    Election Come and he get no vote.

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    And from the Family Values folk ….

    Ohio Senate Candidate J.D. Vance Defends Comments About People Staying in Unhappy, 'Even Violent' Marriages (msn.com)

    What could you expect to come from the guy whose grandmother reportedly tried to set his grandfather on fire?

    Rep. says no to gay marriage, attends son's same-sex wedding (msn.com)

    Maybe he evolved on the issue … inside of 72 hours.

  5. ParkHill says:

    Why Trump has been Damaged by the 1/6 Commision. Dan Pfeiffer. 

    But there is a lesson to take away from the Committee’s success that can be applied to communications more broadly. From the prominent role Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger played, to the array of video clips from card-carrying members of MAGA nation, to the choice of conservative witnesses like Judge Luttig and Brad Raffensperger, the Committee is employing a very specific and smart strategy.

    They are using “trusted voices” to communicate with the target audience — victims of the Right Wing disinformation system. The Committee’s strategy is a model for Democrats as they seek to persuade voters who moved away from us since 2020.

  6. davebarnes says:

    Zero Shark Attacks in Colorado.

    That is why I am voting for Jared in November

  7. davebarnes says:

    Got called by a polling company this evening: Adgr Research.
    Paid for by Jared.
    Lots of straightforward questions and then the push poll ones.

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