What We're Reading: No More Mr. Nice Guy

September 21, 2012
By Katie Levasseur | 0 comments

Here at DFA our reading took an interesting turn this week. With everything from a Wired article on Facebook "Contagion" to looking at the results of a new poll that show Dean Dozen candidate Tammy Baldwin (as well as President Obama) in the lead in Wisconsin, these are sure to be some great reads. Linsey Pecikonis, Communications Director "Anyone who watched the first debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren saw what happens when a Senate darling begins to feel pressure - they break. While at times it seemed as though our Dean Dozen candidate Warren might lose her composure she never, ever did. Brown on the other hand looked childish and not even slightly composed. I can now understand why he tried to escape the debate by claiming Senate duties - he knew he was going to lose." Nice Guy Scott Brown Goes Snarky in Debate with Elizabeth Warren By: E.J. Dionne Jr. "Warren clearly had one central strategy in the debate: to remind Massachusetts voters of the votes Brown cast with the Republican minority in the Senate for various tax breaks for the wealthy and for corporate interests, including Big Oil, and more broadly to make the point that a vote for Brown is also a vote to put Republicans in charge of the Senate. She also kept reminding listeners that she supports President Obama, who is far ahead of Mitt Romney in Massachusetts." "I've taken out space for a second article this week. DFA members across the country know how important they are to our endorsement process. In This article (interview with DFA Chair Jim Dean), shows how our members in Michigan made a difference for a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court." Michigan Supreme Court Candidate Bridget Mary McCormack receives coveted Democracy for America Endorsement By Chris Savage "'That's what's great about having a lot of our members," he said. "It was our DFA members in Michigan, for example, that told us about Bridget. We probably wou;dnt have known about her otherwise. We just got involved in a city council race in Stockton, California which has declared bankruptcy and has a lot of other very serious problems. The candidate is a guy named Michael Tubbs and we wouldn't have know about him unless our members told us about him.'" Franco Caliz, Regional Field Organizer: South "Stevens will shoulder the blame for this but it really should go much further out than that, including to the candidate himself. This is the sort of article that people like me live for. It talks internal campaign dynamics, power struggles, looks at advisors that were also contact (Mike Murphy and Ken Mehlman!) and how decisions have played out. If this article isn't in the next Politico Ebook I give up!" Inside the Campaign: How Mitt Romney Stumbled By: Mike Allen, Jim Vandehei "Romneys convention stumbles have provoked weeks of public griping and internal sniping about not only Romney but also his mercurial campaign muse, Stevens. Viewed warily by conservatives, known for his impulsiveness and described by a colleague as a tortured artist, Stevens has become the leading staff scapegoat for a campaign that suddenly is behind in a race that had been expected to stay neck and neck through Nov. 6." Ljubica Sarafov, Campaign Academy Organizer "A very interesting article about race, America, and the presidency. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a genius and always worth reading. He bring perspective and personal insight to these difficult topics. The video about the article is worth checking out too!" Fear of a Black President By: Ta-Nehisi Coates "As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with Americas original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be twice as good and half as black, Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration." Jay Henderson, Campaign Manager "It's a great feeling to arrive in Wisconsin and having a new poll drop showing Baldwin and Obama with big leads. I'm skeptical the race is actually this good, but it's always better to be up than down." Charles Franklin Talks About Today's Marquette Law School Poll By: Lee Bergquist "In this video from Marquette University, Charles Franklin and Mike Gousha discuss the results of the September Marquette Law School poll. The poll shows Tammy Baldwin leading Tommy Thompson and Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney." Mia Moore, Chief of Staff "I was surprised by some of these findings, and overall intrigued by how to mobilize vast numbers of people across social networks." How Facebook 'Contagion' Spreads By: Sarah C.P. Williams I think that were going to start seeing that the way online behavior is influenced is not always the same as how real-world behavior is influenced. (The author quoting James Fowler, a social scientist at UC-San Diego). Michael Perry, Communications Intern "This article highlighted the fact that Mitt Romney has been living a lifestyle of a rich man who has nothing to worry about in his life, unlike most citizens. He has been too rich to know what its like to have to work full-time in college, keep up a household, take care of kids, and just make ends meet. He is not someone I want leading this country. I believe we should have someone who is aware we exist (everyday, ordinary Americans) and what we are going through. He doesn't understand the 47%." What Romney Doesn't Understand About Personal Responsibility By: Ezra Klein-The Washington Post "The worst of Romneys now-infamous comments about 'the 47 percent' came in this couplet: 'My job is not to worry about those people. Ill never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives'...Put aside the tin-eared term 'those people.' When he said this, Romney didnt just write off half the country behind closed doors. He also confirmed the worst suspicions about who he is: an entitled rich guy with no understanding of how people who arent rich actually live."



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