Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Once again, Harold Ford Jr. votes for the Republican anti-gay "Federal Marriage Amendment". Harold Ford Jr. has crossed party lines once again to support the Republican Right's attempt to write discrimination against gays and lesbians into the U.S. Constitution.

The Democratic Party Platform supports equality for LGBT families, and equal rights for gays and lesbians. Why does Harold Ford Jr. not support the platform of the Democratic Party?

Why should progressive Democrats support conservative Democrats who vote like Republicans? Tell me how voting for Harold Ford Jr. and him getting elected to the Senate will further progressive political action, gay rights, womens rights, etc??
It will not. Don't reward Harold Ford Jr. for his anti-gay votes on Aug. 3 or in November!

It wasn’t just Harold Ford Jr. EVERY TN DEMOCRAT IN THE U.S. HOUSE VOTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS TO WRITE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS INTO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION! We are not proud of the Tennessee Democrats today, they have failed to stand for social justice and equality, they have failed to defend our Democratic Values Democratic Values


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason to vote for him is simple. He may well be the difference between Democrats taking over the Senate, or continuing in the dark ages. What those of you who despise some of his votes don't realize, is the irony of him getting elected is that he will probably never have to vote for these type bills. No way Harry Reid puts this stuff on the agenda. You can not vote for him, but you will only be cutting off your nose to spite your face. When Mitch McConnel takes over after Frist leaves, you will see stuff like this nad worse every day.I for one am willing to hold my nose nad vote for Jr to make sure that doesn't happen!! Not willing to detroy the entire country over my dislike for one guy. It aint worth it and is the definition of short-sighted.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:37:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

So when Democrats run like Republicans, vote against civil rights for gays, abortion, etc.. you will reward them by voting for them and basically confirm their belief that the way to get elected is to run against gay rights, etc. ?
That is "progressive"???

Maybe we should learn from the Goldwater/Reagan conservatives who stood up for their principles even when they were not popular, and now control the Republican Party.. PRINCIPLES..something the Reagain conservatives got, and the DLC centrist Democrats do not. The Clinton Democrats don't belive or care about principles.. just getting elected, and Ford Jr. is following the path..

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Don't forget, Democrats gave us the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" anti-gay military policy and the "Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Bill Clinton lied to gay voters and said he win we got him elected he would write an executive order striking the military's anti-gay policy, then he caved in to the Republicans and signed their "compromise"--Dont Ask Don't Tell (basically you gay people can get kicked out of the military how just for SAYING they are gay..)
Then when Republicans introduced the "Defense of Marriage Act" Clinton went along and SIGNED it, then he puts ads on Chrisitan radio stations bragging about supporting "traditional marriage" (what a joke), and Harold Ford Jr. supported that too..
thanks Democrats....

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:18:00 AM  
Blogger autoegocrat said...

Ford is going to lose whether we vote for him or not because when given the choice between a real reptile and a fake reptile, Tennessee voters always pick the real thing.

He still has yet to beat any of his opponents in any poll, in fact, he still has yet to beat anyone in any election contest outside of the district where he inherited his father's voters. His unfavorability numbers are astonishingly high, higher than any of his opponents and close to the fatal 50% mark.

Ford is going to lose this race all by himself, without any help from us. If Ford can get over 51% in any poll against any opponent, I'll eat my words. He still has plenty of money left to spend, and there's still a few months left to go, so you never know what could happen.

I want the Democrats to take back the Senate, too, and if I thought Ford was going to have anything to do with it, I'd hold my nose and vote for him. But he's running a foolish and divisive campaign that is destined to lose.

Ford needs volunteers to get him over the 50% +1 vote hump, and he's done just about everything possible to alienate some of the most committed activists in the state. It's going to take more than an army of nose-holders for him to win in Tennessee, he needs the support of people who actually truly want him to win.

I just don't see it coming together for him. There will probably be a poll after the primary, once his opponent is settled, so we'll know more then.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:39:00 AM  
Blogger Brassmask said...

Ford is counting on those of us on the "real" left to "hold our noses" and pull for him.

The only way to get these losers to get real and pander to us once in a while is to let them know, we'd rather have someone with principles like ours than hold out hope the Dems will somehow get around to doing business in DC with a liberal slant.

I submit that it the "holding of noses" part that got us Bush two consecutive regimes in a row.

"Holding of noses" is what Iowans thought they were doing for us when they were doing for all of America when they stupidly voted for Kerry and Edwards instead of Dean.

(That's also why I support a national primary day for the parties instead of a season. The season makes for good television and allows candidates to massage their images (lie). One day, one shot for everyone in every state.)

So, when I hear folk saying they'll hold their nose and pull the lever for Ford, it rankles me. People like to say, "Well, that's politics." To them, I say, playing politics is what got us in this mess and got the Dems on the verge of joining the Whigs and other former parties on the trashpile of history.

Any self-respecting liberal will vote for Jim Maynard in the primary and Chris Lugo in the general.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:28:00 AM  
Blogger David Holt said...

Brass, a national primary would have the opposite affect. It would throw the race to the candidate with the most money and name recognition nationally (i.e. Hillary Clinton) Dean, Carter, etc. would NEVER have won if not for the opportunity to engage in retail politics and gain momentum from state to state. Now does that mean NH and IA should rule the world? That is an entitrely different issue.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Brass... thanks for your support, and I too will be pushing for Chris Lugo (Green Party), he's on the ballot and his positions are the same as mine.. so no need for a write-in campaign in November. There is a progressive on the ballot we can vote for--Chris Lugo in November...

Maybe one day we will have a real progressive Democratic candidate to vote for on the ballot...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:21:00 PM  
Blogger Brassmask said...

Hey, de nada, Jim.

I already convinced five or six people to write you in. I want to scare the crap out of Jr.

Sent an email to Lugo checking on some kind of yard sign but I think they'll refer to me some poster stuff.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Well, I doubt I can scare him, he will win the primary easily, it's in November that we can scare him... if the election is very close, he will regret alienating progressives, gays, etc., because then he will need our votes, if he doesn't get enough of our votes, he will lose in a close election, and there is no way he will get enough of the white conservative votes to win, no matter how much he flirts with them...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brassmask said...

I heard five more people yesterday saying that they wish they had someone to vote for besides Ford Jr.

I told them about Jim Maynard and they all said they would write him in.

Even if Jim doesn't win. I'd love to see a healthy number beside his name. I'd love to see him get a percentage. Any guesses on what that might be???

Thursday, July 20, 2006 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Well, let's be realistic, a write=in candidate won't get a lot of votes, just because of the extra work people will have to do to write in their vote. I was told by the Election Commission that they had disabled the write-in option on the voting machines, but then someone has told me that there are no paper ballots and that you have to use the voting machines to "type"-in your vote. So I'm not even sure now how to write-in my vote... I guess we have to ask when we vote.
I have been certified as a write-in candidate so my votes should be counted.. but not sure when. When I ran against Ford in 2004, I got about 170 votes, but it took a while to get the count..

I dont' want anyone to think we will really scare Ford in this primary...its the general election when progressive Democrats vote Green Party that he has a good reason to worry..

Thursday, July 20, 2006 3:54:00 PM  

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