President Obama Isn’t Enough

(Proudly cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama & MyDD)

I know so many of us are excited about the Obama campaign. I know we all want to see Barack Obama become President next January. But you know what? This isn’t enough for me.

OK, OK, so what the hell am I talking about? Well, why don’t you follow me after the flip for more…

President Obama won’t be enough to solve the climate crisis. President Obama won’t be enough to make universal health care happen. President Obama won’t be enough to advance equal rights for all. Believe it or not, President Obama will need help from a Democratic Congress.

Don’t believe me? Well, you should. Presidents don’t get everything done all on their own. They need Congress to work with them to make things happen.

So why am I dwelling on this? I want you all to remember to support good Democrats running for Congress in addition to whatever support you’re providing Barack Obama. If we have not just a Democratic majority, but a strong progressive Democratic majority, we can turn our dreams into reality.

So who should we support? Let me start with some good candidates running in my neck of the woods, working hard to turn Orange County, CA, blue. Bill Hedrick is a Corona school board member looking to oust one truly corrupt Rethuglican still in Congress. And believe it or not, his district is looking increasingly competitive. If you can, please support Hedrick as he’s a great progressive who will support President Obama’s agenda.

Also, let’s not forget Debbie Cook. She’s an amazing progressive Democrat, an accomplished Huntington Beach Mayor, and a brilliant energy policy wonk who is challenging a complete and utter disaster of a CReepy incumbent. She’s someone we need in Congress… We should support her.

OK, so you don’t like my suggestions? That’s OK. Give to the party to keep the “50 State Strategy” successful. Give to HillPAC so Hillary Clinton can help more Democrats win. Give to PAC for a Change to help Barbara Boxer help more Democrats. Just give to Democrats, dammit!

Remember that President Obama isn’t enough… We need more & better Democrats to truly win! 🙂

  6 comments for “President Obama Isn’t Enough

  1. July 15, 2008 at 7:52 am

    And even that’s not enough, Andrew. Don’t forget the state and local candidates, either (such as myself, We form one whole comprehensive package. The lower levels of government affect you personally even more than the higher level ones do. It’s in everyone’s best interest to vote down-ticket.

  2. July 15, 2008 at 8:09 am


    No, I won’t. Of course, local races are EXTREMELY important for me! Now that LibOC is back up, “Inside the Campaigns” will soon resume. Also this week, watch out for a very special rant of mine just on local races. 🙂

  3. larry gilbert
    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Gary. While the post is really about promoting candidates in partisan races, I thank you for advising us of your campaign for the SMWD.

    This may be one of the lowest rungs on the political ladder but having a plan to address the finite supply of water as development and agriculture continues, and we endure a water shortage in CA does present a major challenge to all of us.

    Send me an email and I will share my experience with SMWD.
    Andrew knows how to find me and has my contact info.
    Larry Gilbert

  4. July 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Thanks, Andrew!

    Larry, what concerned me was the post only mentioned congressional races. There’s still state level races that are partisan.
    In general, getting people interested in down-ticket races is difficult.
    And thanks for the offer for contacting you. I will. You can always come on down to DL again also and we can talk there. 🙂

  5. anon
    July 15, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Your points are well-taken. I would, however, note that there are Congressional Democrats worthy of removal from office. They simply are Bush-lite Democrats. You can learn more here…

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