Friday, March 11, 2005

In the blogosphere.

The Bitter Shack of Resentment, with requisite snark, reports an effort by a Maine anti-abortion, anti-gay legislator to set pro-choice and pro-gay legislators against one another with a bill to ban abortion for the purpose of sexual orientation selection.

MyDD notes that left blogs are less likely to link to one another than righty blogs, thus prompting this post, and more like it in the future.

Burnt Orange Report offers its take on the ouster of Colorado Democratic Party Chair Chris Gates, despite the recent Democratic victory there, because he didn't love Mike Miles, a progressive candidate Ken Salazar defeated in the Democratic primary:

So the chairman was intelligent enough to realize that in a largely moderate/conservative state, the ultra-left wing loony who has never run for office before probably isn't as good of a chance to win as a moderate Democrat who has been elected statewide. And the supporters for the loony kicked him out of office, even after the Democrat (who, by the way, three-quarters of the party suppored in the end) was elected to the US Senate. Are they completely daft?

My sentiments as well.

Colorado Luis isn't concerned about the effect, because Gates didn't have much to do with the Democratic victory. Besides "[I]f Waak winning makes some Democrats who currently feel excluded have a sense of ownership of the party, it could turn into a net plus by helping unify the party."

Election Law, in response to Jonah Goldberg's recent idiocy, describes voting as "allocation of power among equals," a very nice turn of phrase.

Vote Law and Election Law note that Democrats have decided against redistricting Illinois, to the consternation of Kos. I think it's a wise decision; Democratic efforts to counter Republican gerrymandering should be met with efforts to establish non-partisan redistricting commissions in red states. As Arizona proves, it's not impossible, especially if voters have the initiative - as they do in Michigan, Florida, and Ohio, three states where Republicans have gerrymandered themselves into power.

Labor Blog reports that Republicans want truckers to drive sixteen hour days. I am as anxious to share the road (and the dating pool, apparently) with them as I am to share it with doctors who who work thirty-six hour shifts and certain Republican Representatives. The Republican Party: The Party of Vehicular Manslaughter.

Emerging Democratic Majority dismisses the idea of a Republican trend among nonwhite voters:

In terms of the black vote, Kerry's 88-11 margin is the highest obtained by a Democratic candidate since the exit polls started in 1976, except for 2000 and Mondale's 1984 campaign. To say the 2004 result represents a breakthrough for the Republicans is ridiculous.

Let's put it this way: according to the exit polls, Bush is more popular among gay voters than he is among black voters. That says something about the level of antipathy for Republicans among the majority of black voters. It also says something about the minority of gay voters. Speaking of gay voters . . .

America Blog gives us two who aren't Republican punks: the couple exploited in USA Next's anti-AARP ad have sued USA Next and others for . . . well, a bunch of reasons I don't fully understand, but nevertheless fully support. Colorado Luis does understand them, tho, and he says:

It definitely looks like the defendants were so arrogant, and so convinced that gay people are fair game for demonization, that they got sloppy . . . . [T]he suit will definitely be an expensive distraction for a group that otherwise would be working full time to help eliminate Social Security.

To quote my mom, "I hope they collect every penny."