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Loretta Sanchez And The Defense Machine Hustle

As usual, it would be better to quote this Digby post verbatim, but let me just give you the relevant section from the article in question:

(Loretta) Sanchez, Orange County’s only Democratic member of Congress, voted in 2002 against giving President Bush authorization to invade Iraq. More recently she voted to begin pulling troops out within 90 days.

Tuesday night Sanchez said she could not support the protesters (who want to cut funding for the war) because the $145 billion in Iraq war funding was in the same bill that would provide money to build the C-17 aircraft in California.

“I never voted for this war,” she said. But “I’m not going to vote against $2.1 billion for C-17 production, which is in California. That is just not going to happen.”

Sanchez has been consistently against the war, and she cannot be fully blamed for protecting her constituents.  But she’s constrained by the fact that a major military contractor in her district has a gun to her head.  Particularly in California, but all over the country really, the massing of the war machine has a definite impact on policy.  They put their factories in all these different districts, so that shuttering an obsolete weapons system will be met with enormous resistance.  This ensures that you can never decrease military spending or even keep it the same.  And eventually, all these systems have to be justified.  Through war.

This is approximately why the nightly news has all of these ads for Lockheed Martin and Boeing on them.  I can’t buy a 757, but Boeing can keep that news network in line by threatening to drop their ads if they stray from the party line.

Here’s Digby:

It’s just another way that big money distorts our politics. Sanchez’s statement makes it quite clear that the “power of the purse” is not about stopping anything. It’s about funding all kinds of things that have been set up over many years to keep politicians like Sanchez in line. She really does have to answer to her constituents — many of whom make their living off the military industrial complex dime. You can’t blame her.

I don’t even think public financing will stop this.  You’re talking about thousands of constituents’ jobs.  And California embodies this problem as much as any state in the union.  It’s something we really have to think about.  How do we, after 60 years of massive military buildup, put this genie back in the bottle?

(This isn’t limited to defense, by the way, John Dingell’s attempt to upend CAFE standard legislation preferred by the Speaker comes from him protecting his constituents, just as resistance to gas taxes comes from legislators protecting theirs.)

Calitics Quarterly Santa Monica – One Hell of a Party

So if you built a bar, invited Digby, John Amato from Crooks and Liars, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, SteveAudio, RJ Eskow of HuffPo, Todd Beeton of MyDD, members of the Russ Warner for Congress campaign, Drinking Liberally Westside LA, thereisnospoon, hekebolos, vernonlee, some CDP delegates, Calitics commenters like Zack from the SFV and Tim Goodrich, a whole mess of SoCal Kossacks like Shockwave and shayera and Major Danby and BruinKid and more, and ME… and had them come together to raise money for some great California candidates and have a blast…

Then you would have some indication of how it went last night.

We had lots of fun and energized the LA blogging community.  We have so many great bloggers here, but a lot of them focus on national issues.  It was great to have them out to support the local scene.  And of course, it was great to meet and thank Digby for all of her incredible work (from what I hear, those going to a certain convention in Chicago in August may get a chance to do that as well).  There was a parent who brought his 17 year-old daughter to the bar just to meet her!

It was a fabulous night.  Pics (besides this great picture of Digby with dday-edit by Brian) on the flip:

skippy, John Amato (Crooks & Liars)

vernonlee, thereisnospoon

hekebolos, Todd Beeton, Suzanne Savage from ACLU-Southern CA

shayera, Leighton Woodhouse (SEIU)

Digby holds court with hekebolos and thereisnospoon

Shockwave, thereisnospoon

dday, Todd Beeton

Wednesday. You. Digby. Live.

(bumped- – promoted by dday)

I have exciting news about our Calitics end-of-the-quarter fundraiser.  As you all know, we’re starting a tradition of holding a bar event every three months at the end of the quarter to raise money at our ActBlue page for progressive California candidates.  There’s an event in San Francisco and an event in Santa Monica.  And boy, have we snagged a great co-host: the talk of the blogosphere, fresh off her powerful and brilliant speech at the Take Back America Conference, Santa Monica’s own… Digby!

Details on the flip:

The proprietress of Hullabaloo has graciously accepted our invitation to co-host the event.  Here’s what you do:

Drop a few shekels in the Calitics Act Blue page for great progressive candidates like Jerry McNerney, Charlie Brown, Mark Leno (state Senate candidate), or the Calitics CaliPAC, our new state and federal PAC that we set up to help fund progressive infrastructure and build a progressive majority. (we’re on the honor system, folks, but please give if you can)

Then, join us Wednesday night for our end-of-the-quarter celebration (in association with Drinking Liberally Westside Los Angeles), and meet the lady who crashed Google Video’s servers this week!


The Cock & Bull
2947 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Wednesday, June 27  7:00pm-whenever

This should be a heck of a lot of fun, a way to help some good candidates, and a great opportunity to thank Digby for her tireless work exposing the massive fraud that’s been perpetrated on this nation, and being one of the most tranchant, insightful, and unyielding voices in the blogosphere.  We are fortunate to have her in this movement, and we’re ecstatic that she’ll be able to join us Wednesday night.

Won’t you join us as well?

(Related: We Are All Digby Now)

Evening Open Thread: Digby at the TBA Conference

The progressive blogosphere was given an award by the Campaign for America’s Future at their Take Back America conference tonight (we won!), and accepting on our behalf was Digby, one of our finest advocates, who ended her years of anonymity and revealed herself with an excellent speech about who we are and why we do what we do.  I was proud to have sat around in front of computer screens and typed furiously away lo these many years after hearing Digby, my fellow Santa Monican, explain to the world what this movement is all about.  Thanks, Digby.

Consider this an open thread.