11 thoughts on “Watch the 2011 DPW Recall Convention LIVE here

  1. Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

    1. Could and will are two very different things. Given the unpredictability of presidential elections – or any elections for that matter – any of the Republican presidential candidates could defeat President Obama given the right circumstances.

  2. Word has it that Dave Obey gave the best speech at the Dem convention on Friday night. Did he mention that he’s going to work for Dick Gephardts lobbying shop?


    What has Dick Gephardt been up to since he left Congress? Working for Visa to kill credit card reform, consulting with United Health Group to kill a public option in health care reform, and helping Peabody Energy to stymie climate change legislation. Oh, and consulting with Goldman Sachs.


    Two weeks ago Obey spoke at Fighting Bobfest North, leaving the stage to chants of ” O-bey, O-bey, O-bey. ” I suppose it’ll be the Goldman Sachs board of directors chanting his name now.

  3. I’ve been thinking more about your comment, Zach, and I would say, with all due respect, that it’s not the right question.

    Obey has been slipping for many years on major progressive issues like health care reform and war. Those of us up here who dared point that out have not been treated well.

    The irony is that if his loyalists had joined us instead of ferociously defending him and attacking us, we might not be where we are today. We might have been able to save him from the obviously corrosive forces of Washington DC.

    Anyone can lose their way. Even Dave Obey. There’s no shame in that. The shame is in continuing down the wrong road once you know you’re wrong.

    Obey doesn’t have to go down this path. It’s not too late to turn back. And it would help trememdously if those who’ve been silent these last many years, and so complicit in their hero’s fall from grace, would finally speak up.

    1. Steve, this is an honest question (not intended to be snarky), but wasn’t Obey a Republican at one point in his life before entering congress? Therefore, was he EVER really a strong progressive champion as myth makes him out to be? And sure, I understand the progressive movement started in the GOP, but that split occurred way before Obey’s time.

  4. What is it about some people who finish a long career with pride (sometimes later than advisable) and then need to keep “working” instead of retiring and doing good works or relax as they were unable to doing their working years? Is this lobbying, banking or consultant work they fall into kick back? Do they need to retain the power? Do they have no imagination to begin a new life?
    sorry, I’ve put these ?? clumsily but…

  5. JCG,

    As someone who hasn’t been a lifetime politico, I don’t know the answer to your question about Obey.

    I know he told a BobFest crowd last September that he was for single payer healthcare, but we spent months up here trying to get him to sign onto HR 676, Medicare for All, to no avail. We couldn’t even get him to champion a public option during the health care reform debate. And when we rallied in front of his Superior office several months in a row, as part of a national campaign to defund the war in Afghansitan, we drew strong criticism from what I’ve come to call his ” fan club”.

    Few democrats in the 7th CD dared to challenge Dave Obey on anything. It was viewed as a kind of heresy.

    But who’s the heretic now?

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