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Breaking up is hard to do
Author: Raine    Date: 01/31/2008 13:23:40

I am single again. I won't tell you the sad story of how it happened because I myself am still not sure. I have my suspicions, but now is not the time or the place.

As John Edwards suspended his campaign yesterday, I immediately felt a real shift in the political landscape. (ok, it actually felt like someone punched me in the gut. The last time I remember feeling like that was the very last broadcast of *UnFiltered*) I suspect all of us who felt passionately about a candidate have felt this so far, unless you felt that way about our 2 remaining candidates that is.

That means you still have a date to the prom.
I don't. :(

And the MSM pundits felt the shift too. The question of the night was who will Edwards endorse? Where will his supporters go?

Suddenly last night I felt like a prize to be taken instead of earned. There were reasons why I supported John Edwards, it was not just because his speeches inspired me. It wasn't because he was something perceived as different. It wasn't the work he did for the poor and underserved. I supported John Edwards because he supported the causes that I truly care about in this country, and he made them the centerpieces of his campaign. He talked substance. He gave answers and he did not waiver in his convictions.

Now, it's over. And I am being told that Edwards supporters can tilt this election. I have a question for both campaigns... if you want my and other Edwards supporters, what can you do for me, For us? For progressives, for those who want universal healthcare? What will you do for our teachers who need NCLB radically changed? How about the environmentalists who don't want more nukes or more promises of clean coal? For us who really believe that global warming is a critical issue? For us that believe that when you get people out of poverty, you lift your nation up? What will you do for the children and grandchildren of this nation? What about restoring the constitution? Closing Gitmo? Stopping signing statements? How about absolving illegal executive orders? What about giving our children incentives to attend college? And mostly - what will you do to help remove poverty and restore the middle class?

Both Hillary and Barack have promised to make the issue of Poverty more prominent in their campaign. I must say I am skeptical. No one really talked about poverty in this campaign until John Edwards. Change was the first thing Edwards spoke of... now everyone seems to. That is a great thing. it drove the debate to the place that Americans want and NEED it to be.

So the question is there for me, why should I support anyone in the primary? One of these two people will be the nominee. The don't need my money. They have never asked for my support. Their messages and platforms are not what I wanted from a president. How can I support what does not inspire me? This is the primary season right? Don't I still get to have a voice, or will I be told who I must vote for?

I never told Kucinch supporters that their vote didn't count, nor anyone else. No one likes to be told that. I would not want that done to me. I wanted people to feel as tho my candidate earned that thing that is so precious to me as an American, a vote cast.

Tonite will be the first debate without John. It will be interesting to see if they will indeed heed his request. It will be interesting to see how they act with the grownup out of the room.

I can't believe I am single again. I guess for now I will play the field and see what happens. I don't want to date again. I like having a relationship. But for now, I am. Please don't tell me that there is not time for that. The best way to win my vote is to show me that you are my friend. WE will see what happens from their.

Oh, and I'll vote on Tuesday, you bet. I will still vote for John Edwards.

The question remains, who will earn my support come November? Hillary and Barack have some very large shoes to fill. Wherever my dance card goes, it will have to be earned, because I have some damn nice shoes too.

I will see you inside.

:peace: and as always,
Raine

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Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 13:54:43
You still have me.

My first choice is Dennis.

Second is Edwards.

Still not sure who speaks for me now.

But I know that anyone with an R after their name will never speak for me.

I'm with you!

Comment by m-hadley on 01/31/2008 13:57:56
Damn Raine,

Your post made me cry this morning - I guess I didn't realize how sleep deprived and discouraged I'd become until yesterday afternoon. I did stop by INDN's List yesterday and tried to learn how to manage their new contributors' database, but my eyes were glazing over, and I'm afraid I might have to go in again and get a refresher course. I just couldn't bring myself to watch the rethuglitards debate last night, each one claiming to be more conservative than the other. I did manage to post a rather feeble entry on my blog last night addressing my latest outrage - dumbya most recent (and may I add UNCONSTITUTIONAL) signing statement, but it doesn't do much more than reproduce an article that I read in the Boston Globe. Although I did include a few links to the law itself and the signing statement. I suppose tonight I'll tune into the Dem debate, but my heart is heavy too. Sometimes the political game is just too ugly for me

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:00:29
:hug: thanks guys.



I felt last night, so emotionally hungover, and yes, very tired. Today is a new day, and we must keep on keeping on.

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:02:55
I will never votefor an ® either Grump. I don't say never very oft, becuase that is a really long time, but this is one of those exceptions.







Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:07:17
I did not go to the Jefferson JAckson rally last nite, and it turns out Obama did not either. I expected Edwards to not be there, of course.



So it seems it was quite a campaign stump for Hillary.





Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:07:38
Laura Flanders on the hotline today!

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:08:43
:rofl:



she did not mention the hair!!!

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:10:03
When Rudy was giving his speech tossing his endorsement to McCain, I swear I saw McCain checking out Rudy's ass.

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:20:10




CAller getting a participation ribbon!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/raine1967/ribbon-1.jpg


Comment by TriSec on 01/31/2008 14:23:19
Just heard on TRMS from a caller...



"Obama is the last democrat in the race. Hillary is the best Republican running..."



:kick:





Comment by velveeta jones on 01/31/2008 14:28:12
Morning all.

Raine - I am just as sad. I awoke this morning feeling like something was really wrong........... then I remembered. :cry:



Oh, among the many other reasons to NOT vote for McCain:

On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live."




Stunning thing for a PRESIDENTAL Candidate to say (outloud anyway).

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/31/2008 14:33:22
I am having T-Shirts made:



It must be an Election year --- Like a recurring zit, Nadar is BACK -- and will once again spew pus on our party"



or something along those lines.





Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:35:08
Quote by velveeta jones: Morning all.

Raine - I am just as sad. I awoke this morning feeling like something was really wrong........... then I remembered. :cry:



Oh, among the many other reasons to NOT vote for McCain:

On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live."




Stunning thing for a PRESIDENTAL Candidate to say (outloud anyway).
He has used that phrase a few time, if I recall correctly!





LIV!! WAKE UP! it's Laura Flanders!!!



Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:36:20
Thank you Laura, for including John! :swoon: I loves me some Laura Flanders.

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:37:15
Hmmm. maybe I will dedicate my time to mobilzing voters instead of a particular candidate for now...







Comment by starling310 on 01/31/2008 14:40:58


Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:43:00
Quote by starling310:


:hug:

Comment by m-hadley on 01/31/2008 14:43:44
Quote by Raine: Thank you Laura, for including John! :swoon: I loves me some Laura Flanders.


I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and sitting with Laura Flanders during a book signing at Prez on the Rez and she is as delightful, intelligent and wonderful as she sounds.

Comment by starling310 on 01/31/2008 14:43:46
Quote by Raine:
Quote by starling310:


:hug:




:hug:



I'm glad we got that done.

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 14:46:12
Good morning everyone.



A lot of us are single here now, aren't we?



I was listening to Laura as I staggered out of bed. I didn't get home until after 2 AM last night. There was a beaut of a train wreck last night because of the problems we had with the Knicks feed which didn't help when the Utah Jazz pulled a cable and knocked us off the air during the last minute of the game.

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 14:47:00
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by Raine: Thank you Laura, for including John! :swoon: I loves me some Laura Flanders.


I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and sitting with Laura Flanders during a book signing at Prez on the Rez and she is as delightful, intelligent and wonderful as she sounds.


I met her in Washington DC back in September 2005.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/31/2008 14:51:09
Morning :hug:







Comment by velveeta jones on 01/31/2008 14:51:23
See, that's another letter................Fox, Billo. Asshat.

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:52:10
I want to say something... As I mentioned in my blog, the last time I felt this was was after Unfiltered ended it's brilliant radio run.



I mourned but in return I got so many more things back in return. I am now living with a man I love, who I met becuase of that show, I met TriSec, we had the famous T-shirt tour, I met mala and liv and griump and many others directly from that time... since then I came to know and love the Stephanie Miller Show and :ph34r:, and thru the show, I laugh every morning with new friends as well.



Things do get better. I wold never trade that for the world.



So now we have to keep on the good work, faith is believing in something that you may never see, but believing in it nonetheless.







>>>now, back to our regularly scheduled fart jokes...

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 14:52:16
Good morning Mala. Read the post below for the fun I had last night.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/31/2008 14:54:20
well if the kid can't make her arguement then she deserves an F just like anyother kid who couldn't.

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 14:55:17
Hello

Comment by wickedpam on 01/31/2008 14:55:28
Quote by livingonli: Good morning Mala. Read the post below for the fun I had last night.






Eek! Isn't it fun when stuff like that happens.

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 14:55:46
Having router problems

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:56:18
:rage: F*cking Dick.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/31/2008 14:56:55
Quote by Raine: I want to say something... As I mentioned in my blog, the last time I felt this was was after Unfiltered ended it's brilliant radio run.



I mourned but in return I got so many more things back in return. I am now living with a man I love, who I met becuase of that show, I met TriSec, we had the famous T-shirt tour, I met mala and liv and griump and many others directly from that time... since then I came to know and love the Stephanie Miller Show and :ph34r:, and thru the show, I laugh every morning with new friends as well.



Things do get better. I wold never trade that for the world.



So now we have to keep on the good work, faith is believing in something that you may never see, but believing in it nonetheless.







>>>now, back to our regularly scheduled fart jokes...






GROUP :hug:!



Comment by velveeta jones on 01/31/2008 14:56:59
Yikes...........

I feel dumber just hearing this RWW segment.

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 14:57:03
Dick Morris had won worst person in the world last night for that comment.





Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 14:57:10
Quote by Grumpymann: Having router problems


looks like things are ok now.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/31/2008 14:58:10
Quote by Grumpymann: Hello






Hey Grump - did you see my answer yesterday to your question about the avi? If not I said I would be honored if you used one.

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 14:59:56
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: I want to say something... As I mentioned in my blog, the last time I felt this was was after Unfiltered ended it's brilliant radio run.



I mourned but in return I got so many more things back in return. I am now living with a man I love, who I met becuase of that show, I met TriSec, we had the famous T-shirt tour, I met mala and liv and griump and many others directly from that time... since then I came to know and love the Stephanie Miller Show and :ph34r:, and thru the show, I laugh every morning with new friends as well.



Things do get better. I wold never trade that for the world.



So now we have to keep on the good work, faith is believing in something that you may never see, but believing in it nonetheless.







>>>now, back to our regularly scheduled fart jokes...






GROUP :hug:!



Hugs are always good. :)



Good morning Grump.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/31/2008 15:00:00
Off to go turn in some job applications and grocery shopping. (Need more coffee and cheese).



Have a good day ya'll.

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 15:00:08
Quote by Raine: I want to say something... As I mentioned in my blog, the last time I felt this was was after Unfiltered ended it's brilliant radio run.



I mourned but in return I got so many more things back in return. I am now living with a man I love, who I met becuase of that show, I met TriSec, we had the famous T-shirt tour, I met mala and liv and griump and many others directly from that time... since then I came to know and love the Stephanie Miller Show and :ph34r:, and thru the show, I laugh every morning with new friends as well.



Things do get better. I wold never trade that for the world.



So now we have to keep on the good work, faith is believing in something that you may never see, but believing in it nonetheless.







>>>now, back to our regularly scheduled fart jokes...






As I stated before AAP and the friends I met there saved my sanity.

I was starting to think I was going crazy with all the RightWingNutJobs doing all the talking.



You all have no idea how much you mean to me.

Nor how much I apreachate the place and the space to speak my mind.



Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 15:01:59
Have a good one VJ. Good luck out there (with the job stuff).

Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 15:05:46
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Grumpymann: Hello






Hey Grump - did you see my answer yesterday to your question about the avi? If not I said I would be honored if you used one.


Thanks WP!



Hello Liv.



And my router is FUCKED!



It keeps droping the signal on my laptop (I'm sending the vid signal through the TV. One of the many BIG ticket items that Ms. Grump bought that I gave her shit for that I now give her a big for now). But the signal doesn't last more than a few minuets before it drops and I have to restart the router again.



I have returned it twice and it works for a little while and then goes to shit again.

I'm getting sick of this and I'm about to go get a commercial router.

Comment by TriSec on 01/31/2008 15:06:16
Quote by Raine: Hmmm. maybe I will dedicate my time to mobilzing voters instead of a particular candidate for now...





Raine, can you get on your local elections board? You know, with the old ladies that sit around the polling places and drink coffee?



But you'd be on the front lines and can see firsthand any shenanigans going on with the machines...





Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 15:08:51
OK, I need some help here as I do my research... As you may know, Ted Kennedy who I generally support was behind the writing of the NCLB bill, which I despise.



I have read that Barack has said in the past that should not be reauthorized but also that it should be substantially reformed, with increased funding.



Where does he stand on this?



And does anyone know where hillary stands, by any chance? I have heard that she would nnot end it, but rahter overhaul it. I am nervous about this very important issue.

Comment by TriSec on 01/31/2008 15:10:00
Aww now, without Unfiltered, AAP, and now our humble little corner of the internets...



I probably would have murdered my wingnuts-in-law long ago.





Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 15:10:52
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by Raine: Hmmm. maybe I will dedicate my time to mobilzing voters instead of a particular candidate for now...

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Raine, can you get on your local elections board? You know, with the old ladies that sit around the polling places and drink coffee?



But you'd be on the front lines and can see firsthand any shenanigans going on with the machines...



I did tell them I am available for volunteer work.



No one called me. I guess I should be a little more direct about that.



Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 15:11:13
Quote by TriSec: Aww now, without Unfiltered, AAP, and now our humble little corner of the internets...



I probably would have murdered my wingnuts-in-law long ago.





There is still time.



I know I know

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 15:11:31
Thom Hartmann is the Crystal Meth and Uncut China White.

Comment by livingonli on 01/31/2008 15:14:11
Crank up the old Victrola for those classic recordings.

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 15:14:16
Quote by Grumpymann:
Quote by TriSec: Aww now, without Unfiltered, AAP, and now our humble little corner of the internets...



I probably would have murdered my wingnuts-in-law long ago.





There is still time.



I know I know
:rofl:



Comment by Grumpymann on 01/31/2008 15:14:42
I admit that I do not like Hillary as a Pol.

But that is because she is a Corp rate shill in part but she would be better than ANY Rethug.



I KNOW why I would not WANT to vote for her.



Do THEY?

Comment by Raine on 01/31/2008 15:15:38
I am a little embarrassed by the NY chapter of NOW.



A lot embarrassed actually. Shame on them for this.