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Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:06 PM

Pic Of The Moment: In One Sentence, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Sums Up Opposition To Keystone XL



Harkin On Keystone: Let's Stop 'Digging The Graves Of Our Grandchildren'


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Reply Pic Of The Moment: In One Sentence, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Sums Up Opposition To Keystone XL (Original post)
EarlG Nov 2014 OP
sinkingfeeling Nov 2014 #1
stone space Nov 2014 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2014 #2
geardaddy Nov 2014 #4
caber09 Nov 2014 #5
red dog 1 Nov 2014 #25
A Simple Game Nov 2014 #27
cascadiance Nov 2014 #38
MADem Nov 2014 #40
WillyT Nov 2014 #6
rhett o rick Nov 2014 #7
modestybl Nov 2014 #8
panfluteman Nov 2014 #11
TheCowsCameHome Nov 2014 #14
calimary Nov 2014 #20
nomorenomore08 Nov 2014 #22
billhicks76 Nov 2014 #33
nomorenomore08 Nov 2014 #35
billhicks76 Nov 2014 #36
calguy Nov 2014 #24
modestybl Nov 2014 #41
calimary Nov 2014 #43
modestybl Nov 2014 #32
calimary Nov 2014 #42
Plucketeer Nov 2014 #9
Martin Eden Nov 2014 #10
lunasun Nov 2014 #12
SoapBox Nov 2014 #13
Wellstone ruled Nov 2014 #15
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2014 #16
47of74 Nov 2014 #17
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2014 #18
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2014 #19
grahamhgreen Nov 2014 #21
hopemountain Nov 2014 #23
red dog 1 Nov 2014 #26
stage left Nov 2014 #28
4dsc Nov 2014 #29
PatrickforO Nov 2014 #30
Old Nick Nov 2014 #31
billhicks76 Nov 2014 #34
raouldukelives Nov 2014 #37
Arkana Nov 2014 #39

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:07 PM

1. Let me be the first to rec this one!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:15 PM

3. And let me be #7.

 

I don't look forward to having King as my representative and Ernst as my senator.

Good job, Senator Harkin!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:12 PM

2. And let me be the one to send this to the Greatest Page!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:17 PM

4. And now we'll have the Iowegian Pig Castrator in his place.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:20 PM

5. Like Harkin, but

Thanks for retiring Tom, had you not retired 1) you wouldve won easily again and saved one seat 2) you couldve continued to be this passionate in helping Dems out on the issues 3) We wouldnt have a crazy person succeed you as Iowa Senator.

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Response to caber09 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 06:52 PM

25. + 1

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Response to caber09 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 07:34 PM

27. He's in his mid seventies, when would it be OK in your opinion for him to retire?

80, 86, please let us know.

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Response to A Simple Game (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 08:41 AM

38. Tom Harkin is an example of WHY we need to get more younger real liberals congressional experience..

 

... instead of all of the corporate Democrats that the likes of Rahm Emanuel and his followers and DCCC have promoted over real progressives for House seats over the years.

Tom Harkin is one of the old guard, who like any other human being at some point won't be able to continue on in office. I don't fault him for retiring. Everyone has to have that choice to make in their life to make those changes where and when they feel it best for them. But if we had a lot of younger progressives in office now, we wouldn't have had a Joni Ernst taking his spot, and would have had a decent progressive to take his place, as it should be.

I really feel bad, especially when I remember voting for him many years back when I was still an Iowa resident. I'd really hoped that Grassley would have left office before he did, and that we'd have two decent progressive senators from that state instead of what they have now. It's sad, and sad for many friends I still know that live there now.

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Response to A Simple Game (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 11:47 AM

40. It's a personal thing. He wanted to go for his own reasons. He could have won had he made another

decision, and that would have been a better outcome, that's all the poster is saying.

There's a difference (subtle, but present) between a LAMENT and an actual criticism.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:21 PM

6. K & R !!!

 


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:08 PM

7. k & r. Thanks for posting. nm

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:32 PM

8. Why did you retire Senator if you are so damned concerned for your grandchildren?

 

... and now we have the psychopath Joni Ernst.... thanks for that...

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Response to modestybl (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:41 PM

11. Touche!

Maybe he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren...

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Response to modestybl (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:53 PM

14. @75 maybe he wants to enjoy time with them.

WTF - who wants to work until they die, except conservatives?

Not this kid.............

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Response to modestybl (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:58 PM

20. THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Thanks for nothing! Because now we've got NOTHING. We could have used your voice for one more term, Tom. Six years' worth - that would put your replacement's election in another presidential year - when Dems do better.

FUCK! WHY does no one think about this???? If you have a chance to hang on til the next presidential election cycle, and Dems usually have less of a turn-out during the midterms, WHY RISK IT DURING THE MIDTERMS?????? Doesn't anybody think about this, among the powers that be? I wish Harkin had hung around just for one more term. He seems to be doing more to make sure his grandchildren are screwed.

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 05:32 PM

22. Does anyone know his health situation? At his age, he could have early-stage dementia or God knows

what. Maybe he wants to "spend time with his grandchildren" while his mental faculties are still intact.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 04:37 AM

33. You're Pathetic

 

Let the man leave. He sees all the hypocrisy on our side riveling Rethugs. Hillary may as well marry into the Bush family. Tom is ok and always has been a fine man which apparently gets no respect. Sure you just chose your words poorly but this man is a hero.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #33)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 04:51 AM

35. I was offering one possible reason for his retirement. I certainly meant no disrespect to the man.

Yes, he's a great Democrat, but he's also as mortal as any of us.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 04:54 AM

36. Ok Then

 

He is fine. Just doing what's right.

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 06:29 PM

24. Are YOU planning on working at YOUR job

Until you are 81 years old???
I didn't think so. Me neither.
Thanks for over 30 years of service Tom.

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Response to calguy (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:17 PM

41. If I was critical to the survival of this planet..

 

...hell yes I would. They were wheeling old Strom Thurmond's carcass in for votes when he was 100. Why can't our side show that kind of commitment...

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Response to calguy (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:48 PM

43. Well, I did retire from my 24/7 job in broadcast journalism. But I never really quit working.

Even while taking care of small children at home. I never stopped working. I kept a hand in it even while not having the conventional Monday-through-Friday go-into-the-newsroom-every-day work schedule. I never just quit, took my ball, and went home. And after the kids grew up, and at least my daughter didn't need me so intensely anymore, I was still working. My career really just wound up taking a different turn. It got redefined and reoriented, and I turned out to be busier than ever, just based at home. And yes, doing broadcast news and talk shows - AND MORE. I may be "retired" but I'm not just sitting around all day kicking back and watching TV!

Actually, I have another 24/7 job right this minute, managing my son's band. It's as carnivorous a job as any of the jobs I ever had in radio or TV news. As far as this particular work I'm now doing (political activism), I expect to be at it til I drop over dead. Age 81, or as long as I can still write and scold and strategize. I feel as though - in a teeny weeny, minuscule, and utterly microscopic way - that I serve, and my country and my party come first. I include the words "my party" in there because I still firmly believe, in this two-party system we have, it's MY party that can best help conceive, design, and implement policy that builds and furthers our country and everyone in it - not ONLY the 1%. I think that's a cause worth fighting for until they carry me outta here. Besides.......... I know that's what the enemy does NOT want. They WANT us all to get old and tired and fed up and stop fighting and go away. They WANT us to give up. And knowing that in my bones, I just flatly refuse.

Not trying to build myself up here, calguy, or get in-yer-face or anything, but you did point that question to me directly, so I feel obliged to answer, simply based on what I know and what I'm doing and trying to do, and what share of civic and social responsibility there is to be taken - by little mostly-insignificant ornery ol' me.

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 01:50 AM

32. He didn't even have to serve the whole term...

 

...just announce in 2015 that he needed to retire in 2016...

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Response to modestybl (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:30 PM

42. THIS ^^^^! And Welcome to DU, BOTH of you - mosestybl AND calguy!

Glad you're both here! modestybl, that is the perfect solution in a case where some Dem does want to step down and it might not be the wisest time, strategically, to do so. Heck, MY outgoing Congressman, Henry Waxman, chose this election cycle to pack it in, too, after 30 years. I thought that was a little reckless, also. Why couldn't he wait just another two years, to make SURE that he'd be replaced by another DEMOCRAT - when Dems traditionally can be counted on to come out in droves to vote because it's a presidential election cycle? Maybe think just a wee bit more strategically, and put Country and also party first, for one last time??? As it happened, and much to my relief, he was indeed replaced by Democrat Ted Lieu, who's pretty good but not yet as muscular on offense as I'd like and hope to see.

But what started to make the alarm bells go off for me here in SoCal was watching helplessly as Ted Lieu's opponent almost carpet bombed the local airwaves with a series of spots - one building him way way way way up in the appeal department, and then in the last two weeks going hugely negative against Ted Lieu. His ads versus Ted Lieu's ads were running at a rate of at least 5 or even 10-1. They were pretty shrewdly crafted, too, with a female voiceover (a very subtle and subliminal shout-out to women voters). He had a shitload of money behind him. Money was pouring into the campaign for our bright blue district, hoping to turn it red. Money from who-knows-where. SOMEBODY on the enemy side thought this might be a competitive district at long last, and ripe for the picking, and thought it worth the time and money and effort to try to take it away from us. I've lived in this district for more than 50 years. I've never seen that kind of frontal assault from the bad guys before. Evidently SOMEBODY on that side thought it was time to come after us, ESPECIALLY when there's no longer any "power-of-incumbent" dynamic in play and that THIS time presented that rare opportunity. CA-33 is a bright blue district. But SOMEBODY in the enemy camp CLEARLY calculated that, THIS time, it might be just vulnerable enough to be worth putting up a fight here.

I've long suspected that they're plotting busily and with increasing focus and energy to try turn California red again. They want us back. BADLY. California is a real plum. We're a HUGE haul of winner-take-all electoral votes - 55 big ones. You win California and you've got a TREMENDOUS leg up with all those electoral votes. Ours is the biggest motherlode in the country. And I've seen the Democratic Party in general really behaving in such a way as to take us for granted. They don't campaign out here much, except to raise funds to go campaign in earnest somewhere else. They've taken us for granted for a long time. And I guarantee you - SOMEBODY on the other side is taking note.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:33 PM

9. Anyone wanna guess?

 

Anyone wanna hazard a guess as to how Harkin's replacement might edit that statement???

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:40 PM

10. DU Rec! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:45 PM

12. I will miss him very much

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:53 PM

13. Yes.

Period.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:59 PM

15. One damn good Iowawegian!!!!!

Hate to see him go,understand why,one can only handle so much shit and just say I'am to old for this and move on.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 02:12 PM

16. 61st rec

And serious kick

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 02:14 PM

17. And now we'll get a bat shit crazy lady

I am STILL thinking of moving out of Iowa because of this.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:25 PM

18. Thanks for posting a picture of someone who is honorable. Those mean boy pics are getting old.....

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:57 PM

19. Boy, am I going to miss Sen Harkin

Who knows why he decided not to run, but Iowans are about to experience buyer's remorse.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:59 PM

21. Kick

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 06:10 PM

23. where is senator harkin?

i could just kiss him! muah!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 06:56 PM

26. K&R...Thanks for posting, EarlG

I too will miss Tom Harkin; and I wish he & the other Senate Dems who retired would have stayed on just a couple of years longer, until after the 2016 election, then they could have retired..
(Just one Dem's opinion)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 07:57 PM

28. K&R

Too bad this one's being replaced by a Republican nutcase.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 09:55 PM

29. How many tax breaks to big oil did he vote for

 

Too little too late IMHO.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 11:05 PM

30. Yep.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:26 AM

31. Pic of the Moment, Quote of the Decade!

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 04:40 AM

34. Iowa Is A Good State

 

A lot of religious whackadoodles who conveniently forgot what Christians are supposed to stand for yes. And sprinkle in the occultist peds who kidnapped Johnny Gosch but decent people overall. I used to deliver the Des Moines Register and wish I knew then it was poisonous at the top...or maybe not. Good luck to Tom...he served the people valiantly.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 07:35 AM

37. Every dollar in the hands of deniers, every dollar in the coffers of Wall St.

All equal losses for people with liberal ideals and the desire to salvage a little of what remains today for tomorrow.
Those dollars fund our opponents and those who would don our vestiges to garner our votes only to abandon them. Some do all they can to ensure our enemies have a full war chest and some do all they can to ensure open democracy.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 11:26 AM

39. And thanks to Iowa's Democrats not showing up,

we'll have a hog-castrating moron in his seat whose only stated qualification for the Senate was that she was a mother.

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