Let's Get a Progressive Blogger in the U.S. Senate

Crossposted at Kos -Sam.

It's simple, really. We need a proven perspicacious progressive in the United States Senate to talk for Kossacks and, more importantly, Americans. We need United States Representative and fellow Kossack Brad Miller in the United States Senate. And all weekend, Blue South and I have been asking for the small amount of $5.08 to make it happen. If you help make it happen, I swear this will be the last Draft Brad diary for a long time.

I know it seems selfish to ask for your help to draft one candidate when we have 33 seats to deal with in 2008. Since helping destroy the Republican Majority in the Senate, much of Elizabeth Dole's damage has been confined to North Carolina. However, in addition to being the kind of candidate who can beat Liddy, Brad will be the kind of Senator that lifts the other boats.

Dole has not been a great Senator for North Carolina. Even though all of us abhor the legacy of Jesse Helms, the one thing he could be counted on for was constituent service. Whether it's her continued absence from the state she "represents," or her lack of attention to the concerns of real North Carolinians when it comes to the disaster of building an outlying landing field (OLF) in eastern North Carolina, Liddy does not represent her constituents. But as I said, getting Brad Miller to run for Senate and win is about more than removing a sizeable blight from the North Carolina landscape. How about a few examples of why Brad Miller would be amazing in the Senate?

I don't think you need a reminder, but this is the current state of Congressional debates concerning the Internet:

That's Ted Stevens talking about a series of tubes, if you can't see it. Brad Miller is for net neutrality, can explain what it is, and will fight Internet ignorance in the Senate. In addition to being a frequent poster here at Daily Kos, and a YearlyKos supporter, Brad knows how to make technology work to make the lives of average Americans better.

It's not just his Internet expertise, however; he's become a leader in the House on the subject of sub-prime lending. This 2005 Daily Kos diary shows just how ahead of the curve Brad is:

I agree with the comments that not all "sub-prime" lending is predatory, and we cannot allow our zeal to protect vulnerable consumers to lead inadvertently to regulations that kill off all sub-prime lending. Consumers who do not quality for prime loans need to borrow to buy homes, and they need to be able to borrow against their homes to provide for life's rainy days. For most homeowners, especially those who do not qualify for prime loans, the equity they build by faithfully paying a mortgage becomes the bulk of their net worth, of their life's savings.

But there are lending practices that should offend anyone with a conscience. Victims of predatory lending usually leave the closing knowing how much their monthly payments will be, but not knowing that outrageous up-front fees were build into the loan, so that when they signed the closing documents they signed away much of the equity in their home.

Predatory lending practices have little to do with the risk to lenders. There is little risk in stripping equity from a consumer at closing, and predatory lenders make a killing. Even prosperous, sophisticated consumers usually act on trust that their loan is fair, rather than trying to decipher reams of closing documents. For consumers targeted by predatory lenders--typically lower income, less educated and minority homeowners--that trust is often misplaced. Freddie Mac estimates that a third of the sub-prime loans that it purchases are to borrowers who qualify for prime loans.

I think it's hard to read all of that and think that Brad Miller wouldn't be a great Senator - but if you need more convincing, check out Blue South's recent diaries on his campaign to Draft Brad Miller. Your $5.08 will go a long way towards showing Rep. Miller that he has the base of support needed to take on "Senator Dull."

But one valid concern you may have before giving $5.08 or more is doubt that Brad will run. It's going to be a hard race, but current polling shows Liddy under 50% in a race against Brad, and gives Brad room for a ton of improvement among Democrats and African-Americans. Furthermore, the DSCC has told the Draft Brad movement that they would be very excited about a Brad Miller candidacy. And if Brad still doesn't run, you'll help him replenish his House account after beating a candidate I can only describe as evil:

Warning: young children and normal people may be disturbed by the following Vernon Robinson for Congress commercial. Pregnant women and those with heart conditions are advised against watching. View at your own risk.

Brad sent Vernon Robinson back to the dark ages, and if you send him to the Senate, North Carolinians and Americans alike will appreciate your efforts. Governor Easley, Lt. Gov. Perdue, Treasurer Moore, and AG Cooper aren't running against Dole ... and, honestly, I think that's for the best. Brad is more progressive than the lot of them, and would be an excellent candidate. The DSCC hasn't guaranteed primary support (though it's a distinct possibility), but if Brad enters the race with a grassroots groundswell, he'll recieve their full support in the general.

Thanks for your time.


Thanks Sam

For the post.

I have another one ready to go in case yours doesnt get on the recommended list.

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"Keep the Faith"

Oh man

this is getting tiresome ... now I know how Obama posters feel.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

think of the poor

Clinton fans on kos...

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

At least they get paid

Think of the poor Clark and Gore fans ... it's like believing in Christmas, and then wondering why no decorations are going up, and then nobody celebrating, and still believing.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

next on colbert

First there was the war on christmas, then the war on easter, now there is a war on gore!

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"Keep the Faith"

Get a chatroom, you two.

I kid, I kid.

I Hate Negative Campaign Ads

I don't care what you think the opposition stands for - I want to know what you stand for.

It will be a fine, fine, day when no one can run a negative ad about the 'other' guy.

I don't know what normal people would think about that ad but I found it way past disgusting. I wish more people would wake up to how they are being manipulated.

Blaming any one person for illegal immigration is like blaming me because the sky is blue. Puh-leaze.

I agree.

I can turned off my favorite candidate if they run a negative add themselves - I want to know why I should vote for YOU, not why I shouldn't vote for your opponent. If you've got to stoop to telling me why you're the lesser of two evils, I don't see a reason to vote.

I hope that made sense.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Issue ads.

It's a difficult line to walk though. For instance, I would have no problem running an ad against Republicans that says 45,000 uninsured children die each year because they fight universal health care for all children. That would be looked at as negative by many Republicans - yet it is the truth.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I see that differently, somehow.

That's talking about an issue - and the statistics are verifiable. But you're right, it's a difficult line to walk.

And in thinking about it, it's hard not to say something negative about the Iraq debacle and anyone who is still supporting sending our troops there.

I suppose I'm talking more about the tone and feeling of the ad, which makes me an advertisers dream, or nightmare.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

I think it helps to differentiate between negative and attack

ads. Robin Hayes sent out attack ads with no substantive positive message about himself.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Then Show the Voting Record

compared to others and explain how you'd vote differently.

Too many 'attack' ads are just hype playing on emotions without a strong basis in reality.

Even still - how many times does someone have to vote 'no' because of riders and attachments? I think you know what I mean if I don't have the terminology right.

It's yes or no on the whole nine yards and you can't vote yes on one part without voting yes on things you'd want to vote no on. Get my drift? You know that part isn't going to come out in any ad.

Voting records

To compound the ambiguity, voting records are only a record of recorded roll call votes when the roll call was requested, not all votes on all bills or amendments.

Thanks, Greg

One more thing I have to wrap my brain around ... uh, what does that mean - exactly. (?)

Roll Call

Rather than confuse things I'll send you to the source:

Roll Call Votes

A roll call vote guarantees that every Member's vote is recorded, but only a minority of bills receive a roll call vote.

Senate Voting

All voting in Congress is a matter of public record. However, not all floor votes are roll call votes. There are voice votes (“aye” or “no”) and division or standing votes (where the presiding officer counts Members), and these types of votes do not indicate by name how a Member voted.

Congressional Voting

Although you may compile a voting record for your Representative and Senators, roll call and recorded votes on the House and Senate floors, despite their high visibility, are imperfect and imprecise measurements of a member's views. A fuller assessment can be made by considering the member's statements during debate, in speeches on the House or Senate floor, books, newspaper or periodical articles they may have written, press releases and briefings, committee deliberations, and the time a member spends in gathering information on and gaining expertise on issues.