Atlantic Monthly: Bush is fading. Bush Republicanism is here to stay.

Atlantic Monthly editor Ross Douthat has an interesting commentary in the March issue about why Bush’s legacy is likely to continue in the Republican party, with current GOP candidates largely following his political strategy.

In addition to the continuing need of Republicans to court the fundamentalist Christian voting block, he writes:

Republican candidates have another reason for giving Bushism a second act: It has more potential to appeal to the broad electorate than other visions of where the GOP should go from here. The enduring popularity of the welfare state makes big-government conservatism far more palatable to voters than the government-cutting purism that Bush?s right-wing critics hope to revive. (In the long run, the country may be forced to choose between keeping spending high and keeping taxes low; in the short term, though, the deficits Bush has run up are not the public?s first priority.)

The link is here, although you have to be a subscriber to see the full text:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200703/douthat-comment

Presidential Contenders – Everyone’s Welcome

Back when the dust was still settling from the 2004 Kerry campaign, BlueBroward.org was established with the goal of organizing a community of volunteers who could be put to work for the next Democratic nominee for President. Well, as you may have heard, the 2008 campaign season is starting early. So far only the John Edwards campaign is registered on BlueBroward’s campaigns page.

BlueBroward is open to all contenders in the primary phase, so I encourage those of you who may be backing one of the other candidates to introduce the local coordinator for that campaign to BlueBroward and/or volunteer to be the person who will make sure campaign events in our area

will be posted to this calendar.

Any BlueBroward.org member can post events to the calendar, but ideally campaign events should be posted by designated representatives of the campaigns. First, we’ve got to get those campaigns to recognize BlueBroward as a regional organizing resource.

Remember, this is a community website, so ideally everyone’s supposed to participate in making it better – not just the webmaster! And I do appreciate all your help.

Thanks,

David

Help file for Democratic Club contacts

If you post event notices for your Democratic Club, these instructions may help you understand a little better how to use the meeting schedule editor on BlueBroward.org.

http://www.bluebroward.org/help/Club_Meeting_Editor.htm

Of course, it’s all supposed to be easy to use and self-explanatory, but some of the feedback I’ve gotten is that there’s still room for confusion. Hope this helps.

Congratulations and Thank You

Congratulations to the winners in Tuesday’s election — and to everyone who helped make those wins possible by making phone calls, knocking on doors, waving signs, manning polls, and/or writing a check or two.

Of course, we had some notable disappointments on the state level, and we ought to be thinking about what we could do better next time to produce the bigger turnout that might have put candidates like Jim Davis and Skip Campbell over the top. But first let’s take time to celebrate winning a Democratic majority in Congress and picking up seats in the State House for the first time in way too long. Let’s be proud of Ron Klein, Martin Kiar, and Ken Keechl for winning very tough races with enthusiasm, hard work, and the backing of a lot of great volunteers.

Winners from among the campaigns registered with BlueBroward.org included:

Congressman Kendrick Meek and Senator Bill Nelson

Ron Klein for Congress

Jeremy Ring and Ted Deutch for State Senate

Martin David Kiar and Elaine Schwartz for State House

Alex Sink For CFO

Ken Keechl for Broward County Commission

Phyllis Hope for Broward County School Board

(There were others who won without BlueBroward’s help, and congratulations to them, too, but here I’m emphasizing those who participated in our campaign and event listings).

I hope that BlueBroward.org provided some useful services to these campaigns. Feedback on what we could do better in the future is always welcome.

Broward Get Out the Vote Locations

Master List of Office Locations

All these locations should have yard signs and literature. Call to check on phone bank hours, which are being expanded as election day approaches.

Broward County Democratic Party

1824 N. University Dr.

Plantation, FL

954-423-2200

All Broward Realty office (Dale Holness)

4325 W Sunrise Blvd

Plantation, FL 33313

Pembroke Pines/Miamar Democratic Club (Howard Forman)

8367 Pines Blvd

954-297-4626

954-261-2306

Hollywood (HQ for Elaine Schwartz, Eleanor Sobel, and “the top of the ticket”)

4231 Hollywood Boulevard

954-478-7586

954-985-8505

Seeking volunteers to:

  • Phone bank
  • Sign wave
  • Man the polls on election day

Coconut Creek/Margate Dem Club Office

5217 Coconut Creek Parkway,

Coconut Creek, FL

(954) 979-3838

Note from Jack Shifrel: The campaign HQ on Coconut Creek Pkwy needs people on the phones for the next 5 days, we need people to drive voters to the polls & to be at several polling places on election day.

GLBT Democratic Vote Center

1700 N. Andrews Ave

Ft. Lauderdale

954-763-1880