This is, obviously, prompted by my discussions with Armando on the role of the netroots. I’m happy to see this debated on Big Orange. I would not pursue this effort because I think it’s doomed to fail, but for those of you who think that defunding is attainable — rather than just something to support for (ugh) Overton Window-sliding reasons — I’d love to see this happen, because I think it’s the way you could truly be most effective. YMMV. And yes, the title is provocative, but meant affectionately.
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People have got to learn the word “exogenous“: “an action or object coming from outside a system.” If you don’t understand the concept, you will not be much of an activist.
Politics — from within the system and outside of it — is largely about finding the levers of power. Think about that analogy of a lever for a moment. A lever is something you can grasp, exert force on, and change something. If you exert something on something that you can’t grasp or exert force on, you’re not going to change anything.
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not exogenous in the Iraq debate. The fire we aim at them is misplaced. More below.