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Morning Feature – 21 Months? (Meta Monday)

February 4, 2013

Morning Feature

Morning Feature – 21 Months? (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty left a note that read “Due Date: November 4, 2014” on the mail room door. As we’re not gestating any elephants, the staff recognized the clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana mused on The Afterlife of Data in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan offered a Science News Roundup in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared Comments on Feminism, Inequality and Meritocracy, and More in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on the GOP’s immigration plan of Higher, Deeper, Alligatorier in Furthermore!, and readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Paranoiburg in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, we discussed Immigration Reform: Plans and Distinctions in Morning Feature, addisnana was Rethinking Timbuktu in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us NOAA: State of the Climate in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we explored gun safety for women in Barbarians at the Gate and The Enemy Within in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we discussed Hagel and McCain: BFFs split over BFM in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, Winning Progressive was Shooting Down More NRA Myths in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about SkeetGate? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive brought us Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: The Harbaugh Halftime Speeches in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the note left by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. The note read:

Due Date: November 4, 2014

While Blogistan Polytechnic Institute has an Official Garden of Envy at our Archtownistan campus, we have no zoo. While the main campus is home to the Squirrel and Pootie the Precious, they’re on the staff. What’s more, even if we thought of the main campus as a zoo, as it sometimes feels, we have no elephants.

The elephant’s long gestation period allows baby elephants’ brains to develop enough that they can recognize the herd’s complex social structure and perform difficult tasks like nursing. Nursing might seem easy, but an elephant’s trunk has over 15,000 muscles and elephant calves must move their trunks out of the way in order to nurse. As if that weren’t difficult enough, elephant calves nurse while walking beneath mom as the herd moves. All of that requires a well-developed brain, so an already-pregnant elephant could have a due date of November 4, 2014. But no other animal comes close to that gestation period and, again, we have no zoo and no elephants.

So that due date obviously referred to something else, and the Squirrel quickly found it on his Blueberry:

Squirrel@BPI: The midterm elections are on November 4, 2014. Twenty-one months may seem like a long time, but I bet the resident faculty plan to discuss why grassroots Democratic activists need to start preparing for the 2014 election right now.

We hope he’s right. If not, we’re gonna need a much bigger litter box.


Happy Monday!

  • NCrissieB

    Lest you think it’s too early, Karl Rove and big-money donors are already working against Tea Party supporters to position U.S. Senate candidates for 2014:

    The Conservative Victory Project will be a super PAC operating independently of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. It will disclose the names of donors and raise money separately from American Crossroads, officials said, because some donors were uncomfortable about aggressively weighing in on Republican-vs.-Republican fights.

    “It is a delicate and sensitive undertaking,” Mr. Law said. “Our approach will be to institutionalize the Buckley rule: Support the most conservative candidate who can win.”

    But by imposing the rule of the conservative leader William F. Buckley, the group could run afoul of Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” to not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

    Needless to say, Tea Party supporters are not pleased:

    Yes, it is not enough to merely nominate a conservative; we must also find candidates who are savvy, articulate, and have the organization to go the distance. But the minute we choose a candidate who is not conservative, we lose the election before a single vote is cast. Voters are attracted to a show of force and decisiveness; we will certainly never change hearts and minds if we nominate candidates who are indistinguishable from Democrats.

    Pass the popcorn. 😀

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • LI Mike

      It’s so funny that the T-Repubs think that some not-quite-conservative-enough Republican is indistinguishable from a Democrat. Those guys crack me up. 😀

      • NCrissieB

        The fracture between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party base first emerged after 2010, when Republicans failed to retake the Senate despite a ‘red tide’ electorate. It only intensified in 2012 when they lost seats in both the Senate and House, and of course lost to President Obama, in an election year where they imagined themselves the clear favorites based on ‘fundamentals.’

        The Tea Party reaction is … about what you’d expect from the Tea Party…. 😉

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    This is going to be a fascinating discussion. I quite agree it’s not too early to start.

    That was also very fascinating about the elephant. Thanks so much for sharing that.

    Remind me not to be reincarnated as one though. 😉

  • addisnana

    Fascinating information about the elephants. 🙂 Even more fascinating is the on-going GOP civil war. As they try to figure out who they are and what they stand for (other than their ‘principles’) we can definitely put the time to good use. The progressive agenda has been well articulated by President Obama so we are ahead of the game and the country agrees with us. Time to register voters and expand our grassroots.

    • It’s not just registering voters, it’s making sure that those voters get to the voting booth. One of the biggest problems (and a major failure point of the netroots) is that. The sole advantage the Republicans have had over the past few years is that their “base voters” are in the groups that are most likely to turn out at the polls during mid-terms, while the Democratic and Democratic leaning voters have mostly sat at home.

      Considering the number of state races (legislative and governorships) up for grabs in addition to the Senate and House, it’s incredibly important to get our voters out.

      • NCrissieB

        Midterm voter turnout is a huge issue that grassroots Democrats must address, Norbrook. With rare exceptions like 2006, Republicans have held a significant turnout advantage in midterms. We need to begin working now to bring more new voters and Democratic-leaning independents into the party, and convince more of our voters to cast ballots in 2014.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB

      The Republicans’ problem is not finding candidates who clearly articulate their ‘principles.’ It’s that most voters have rejected the GOP’s ‘principles.’ Their libertarian wing believe “We the People” means only individuals (and corporations) acting in self-interest, while their conservative wing believe “We the People” means wealthy, white, heterosexual, Christian men. President Obama and Democrats believe “We the People” means all of us, working together to form “a more perfect Union” … and polls show most Americans agree.

      We grassroots Democratic activists need to get busy registering voters, mobilizing voters to push for progressive legislation, and preparing for the 2014 midterms. We can’t afford to let the 2014 electorate look like the one we had in 2010.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::