Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Netroots Needs to Stop Backing Fringe Democrats

In 2006, I received shit for stating that Jan Schneider can not win District 13. I supported Christine Jennings. That choice proved to be correct. Schneider was supported by MyDD. (Which is dedicated to electing Democrats.) Guess what netroots? You got screwed.

Jan Schneider, the district's Democratic nominee in 2002 and 2004, has rejected her party's pleas to stay out of the race and is instead running as an independent.

One poll shows Schneider winning 9 percent of the vote, siphoning support mostly from Democrat Christine Jennings.

David Wasserman, a nonpartisan analyst with The Cook Political Report, cites Schneider's candidacy as the reason he predicts Buchanan will likely win re-election.

Schneider told the Herald Tribune winning isn't her goal. Schneider refused to endorse Jennings in 2006. There is only one reason to run if it is not to win.

"She's the Ralph Nader of District 13," said Michael Shelton, who managed Schneider's first race in 2002 and is now a deputy treasurer for Jennings. "She's out to seek revenge upon the Democratic Party."

This is petty and a huge ego trip. Schneider proves she doesn't have the temperment or judgement to serve in Congress. I want to serious candidates. Not people acting out self-esteem issues.

The netroots endorses these fringe Democrats that later bite the progressive movement in the ass. I backed Christine Jennings because she could raise money and get DCCC support. Netroot activists should judge a Democrats fitness. If they don't this will continue to happen.

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At October 13, 2008 5:25 PM , Blogger Susan S said...

You're painting with a VERY broad brush here. The Netroots have been behind Chris Jennings this cycle and the Florida Progressive Coalition did not endorse Samm Simpson.

Can you give some examples of the Netroots supporting fringe candidates in 2008?

At October 13, 2008 9:27 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

Susan, I brought up these past candidates so the Florida netroots would think twice before backing such candidates again. Progressives got burned by Nader in 2000. Now a fringe candidate is hurting Jennings.

At October 14, 2008 11:31 PM , Blogger Susan S said...

We were careful not to do that in the primary, but I guess the reminder doesn't hurt.


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