Matt from Denver
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Jun 29 Matt from Denver commented on How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Bernie-Or-Busters and Love the Polls*.
Progressives should keep in mind that when they refused to compromise or settle in 2000, the progressive cause was set back 16 years. Even if you downplay or deny the role Nader played in electing Bush, you can't deny that his popularity didn't translate into the Democrats saying "if only we were more liberal" and picking up the progressive standard. And yes, many Nader supporters did say that they wanted to "send a message." That message was not received then, and if you insist on going your own way that message will still not be heard.

Bernie has accomplished quite a lot for progressives. He has gotten the Democrats to acknowledge the progressive wing for the first time in decades. He has gotten some good things into the Democratic platform, and may get more. But that's the limit of what he can do for now. And it's gain, the first real gain for progressives on a national level in party politics. It will be all for naught should the Bernie or Bust crowd be a factor in the general election, and you can expect another decade or two of irrelevance as your reward.

The time has come to get off your lazy asses and work. I don't care if you join the Democrats, the Greens, or form an entirely new party. But you have to organize at the local level. You have to identify viable progressive candidates for LOCAL races and get them elected. You have to accept that this will require some discipline and organization - no endless debates about minor issues, a respect for leadership and even authority. You'll have to go to local meetings, you'll have to volunteer to campaign and knock on doors and make phone calls and accept that people will get in your face about it. You'll lose some. Maybe a lot early on. And (if this part galls you, you're hopeless) you'll have to compromise at times. But change isn't going to be delivered by a white knight, and it definitely won't be achieved by voting for presidential candidates that have no hope of winning more than 5% of the most progressive state's votes.
Jan 30 Matt from Denver commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Debt and the Maiden.
Glad to see some Slog posts (even if they're Savage Love) can still generate hundreds of comments.
Jan 20 Matt from Denver commented on Saying Good-Bye to Mama's.
Speaking as someone who comes from a place where we know from Mexican food, I can attest that Mama's was very good. Not great, but very good. You naysayers talking about it's lack of "authenticity" need to reread one of Fnarf's mini essays on the topic. It's a myth and you're putting on airs.
Jan 11 Matt from Denver commented on Beyond Labyrinth: David Bowie on Film.
He played an assassin in the overlooked John Landis caper Into The Night, where he fights Carl Perkins to the death. Perhaps some kind of wry commentary on old rock vs. new, although Bowie was already a veteran rocker by that time.
Dec 30, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on The Morning News: Shooting on Lower Queen Anne, Police SUV Stolen in Auburn, But the Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.
That New Yorker piece was a while ago. Better drink that water now and then refill it.
Dec 30, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on Seahawks Lose To Rams, Teach Valuable Life Lessons In Process.
@ 19, it's not the homer part that grates, it's the ignorant part. That's what leads you to angrily lie about TG - because he brings up good points that hurt your butt.
Dec 30, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on What Seattle's Food and Drink Professionals Regret About 2015.
I haven't lived in Seattle for 10 years, but the closing of Kingfish Cafe still hurt. Such a wonderful place. Some of my fondest pre-parenthood dining memories are wrapped up in that place. Nostalgia's a bitch.
Dec 27, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on SL Letter of the Day: Snatch-22.
It's nice that sometimes there are still letters about kinky sex questions.
Dec 3, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on The Morning News: Details Emerge from Yesterday's Shooting, Streetcars Open for Tours, Strong Winds Expected Today.
@ 9, investigators have yet to say what, if anything, they know about when or from where they got their weapons. But if they brought then across state lines it will be a good argument for making those laws federal.
Nov 30, 2015 Matt from Denver commented on Seahawks Beat Pretty Good Football Team, Put One Set of Super Bowl Demons to Rest.
@ 2, "I think we have what it takes to lose to the Panthers in the Super Bowl." A+