Ten More Reasons To Support Patsy Keever For Congress


Western North Carolina friends and supporters at NC Rep. Patsy Keever’s welcome home celebration explain why they stand with her. In contrast, Koch Industries, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs are among her opponent’s top ten contributors.



  1. Michael Muller says:

    Well that post went over like a wet fart in church, Tom.


  2. Tim Peck says:

    Another reason to ignore Tom Sullivan.

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  3. Roger E. Hartley says:

    As an incumbent in Congress presiding over much of the worst recession in American history. Why should we send him back?

  4. Tom Sullivan says:

    I must have missed the connection to Patsy Keever’s donors…

  5. This is not the worst recession in American history by any stretch of the imagination.

    But you go right on believing it, if it helps you sleep at night.

  6. Michael Muller says:

    Shut up, Tim. I love Tom.

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  7. Roger E. Hartley says:

    Pardon…one of the worst recessions in American history…and note that I did not say depression…I am very aware that the great depression was the worst. But really Matt, I am sure we agree that this collapse under Bush created…and a Congress (that McHenry was very much a part of) laid the seeds of the collapse and apologies…led to among the worst recessions in American history. How bad? Even though growth returned and job creation returned (and not bad job growth) its not near enough to erase that calamity on 10-20 million out of work. I agree that the recession ended…but that collapse created a huge hole. How do you see it?

  8. The only reason we hear about the economy being “sour” or “bad”, given that the Dow Jones is now at pre-crash heights is that the job market is now not good for “professionals” and “middle class” types. Ten years ago, we didn’t care so much about six percent unemployment, because that was the underclass, the real poor, and we’ve never given a damn about them in this country.

    But, since so many “middle class” people have been inconvenienced by the collapse of their 401K (which is just a Ponzi scheme to prop up a failing economic model), we now get to hear how “Bush II” ruined everything….

    Bush did not create his collapse alone. He had plenty of help going back to the late 1970s.

    And the sad thing is, one of the people who helped get us here is being given a keynote at the DNC this year. Bill Clinton, best Republican president the country has ever seen.

    Now, to mention that McHenry must be voted out for being in Congress during a recession is just nonsense. There are still lots of Democrats in Congress, should they be voted out too? After all, they’ve failed at stemming the right wing tide. Should they be primaried as the Tea Party did with so many GOP reps? Do you want to contribute to even more gridlock at the national level by simply increasing the number of hardline ideological Congressbots serving? That does nothing more than drive fundraising to the super PACs by creating some red meat to throw at the crazies on both “sides”.

    The best chance at driving change is moving toward getting the right wing out of local politics first, which is where they are arguably causing the most damage (to school boards, to cities, to everyday life). Push your city leaders for sweeping living wage laws for *ALL* citizens of the city, push for greater corporate accountability to its responsibility to society, push for greater strengthening of housing laws, push for greater environmental standards, etc etc….

    Because pinning your hopes on national politics is just funneling money to an increasingly harmful charade.

  9. Tom Sullivan says:

    Go local: When Cato wrote of “Achieving a Leninist Strategy” almost 30 years ago they meant it. Divide and conquer, yes, but as opposed to the left, the right takes the long view. (They’re still “punching hippies” and gnashing their teeth over Nixon losing in 1960.) They’ve taken a more guerrilla war approach: take the countryside first and the capitol will fall. (Actually, they’re targeting both.)

    OTOH, even many “grassroots” liberals prefer betting their hopes on taking the capitol first instead of building at the local level and working their way to Washington, D.C., as if local is too small for their ambitions. They peg their wild mood swings to whatever did or didn’t happen in Washington this week. Today they’re cheering, tomorrow they’re through. It’s no way to live and no way to win.

  10. Davyne Dial says:

    @ Tom
    “All politics is local”~ Tip O’Neil

  11. Roger E. Hartley says:

    A lot to reply to but as you get to know me, you’ll find that I have no greater interest than local public service and change at the local level. And you are right to focus efforts there. But you are absolutely dreaming if you think that national politics…and then state politics doesn’t impact the local. No question that to many progressives wwe have a currently moderate base of democrats in Congress …and a more sharply right GOP. McHenry is among that very sharply right. Replacing him with even a moderate is a victory when it comes to federal funding… Grants…and frankly civil rights laws. And Patsy Keever is no moderate…which I like.