Can you hear me now?

Perhaps that is the real question that needs to be asked right now. Can you hear me now?

Over the past couple days I've read hundreds of emails, blog posts, and comments about Paul Hackett. Everyone has their opinion that they want heard, and so do I. So, here I go.

You know, we always seem to get back to key issues about what it means to be a progressive and how can we make sure our vote is counted. Well, let me take a slightly different approach on this, and I'll hopefully tie it back to what has happened with Paul Hackett.

We can argue about whether key components of a progressive platform includes ending the war in Iraq, improving access to health care, providing better education, restoring fiscal responsibility to Washington or other key issues. However, I'm going to suggest that there is a much more crucial issue, which is where the locus of power resides.

Friday Five

There is a tradition, out here in the Blogosphere, to ask five questions on Fridays and get as many people to blog their answers as possible. One good place to look at this is the Friday Five community on LiveJournal.

I’m not sure if Gina was acquainted with this tradition when she wrote The 5 Who Changed My Life, but she followed wonderfully in that tradition.

Gina is a schoolteacher who took time to reflect on the five schoolteachers who changed her life. Following that example, let me add my five to the list.

The CT News Junkie Party

Last night I went to the CT News Junkie Party at Rajun Cajun in Hartford. I was a good party and as Dan Levine commented on CT News Junkie last night after the party, “It was fabulous to see so many people do more than just gripe about the state of journalism, but take action by eating some damn good food!”

If you want good journalism about what is going on in the State, be sure to check out www.ctnewsjunkie.com. If you want to eat good fried turkey, spicy chicken, crawfish and have some inexpensive beers in the Hartford area, be sure to check out Rajun Cajun.

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Odi, et amo

"Can there be misery loftier than mine?" I don't want to be too melodramatic. I quote that line because it was a favorite from a play I was in in college. But today was a pretty miserable day. I took a lot of grief from a lot of people and I’m really tired of it.

A while ago, I heard a radio interview of a young woman who had volunteered at a halfway house as she pondered a career in social work. She found that she could not become a social worker because she couldn’t distance herself enough from her clients; she could not help but become emotionally involved.

When I was writing computer programs years ago, life was easier. The emotional involvement in a bond calculation subroutine is pretty low. But politics is different. I care about what happens, a lot. I've been told that I'm too thin skinned to be in politics, that if I can’t stand the heat, I should get out of the kitchen.

Well, I would like to get out of the kitchen.

Wearing lots of hats

Well, it looks like I’m putting on a new hat, working for the Ned Lamont campaign. It is going to be even more complicated keeping all these hats straight and hopefully this will help some of you have a better sense of the hats I’ll be wearing.

I expect to be spending a lot of time doing online organizing for the Lamont campaign. The details are still being worked out.

I will also continue to be involved with the DeStefano campaign. One of my biggest worries is that people will see this as some sort of coalition. I know there are Malloy supporters that support Lamont and that are DeStefano supporters that support Lieberman. I don't want my involvement in multiple campaigns to alienate such people. This will become all the more important when we all need to work together after the primaries.

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