Why I like Grier . . . and why he's the ideal challenger to Liddy Dole

UPDATE: Please read this post by PhoenixDem too.

Brandon Friedman delivered today's response to The Decider's weekly radio address. Friedman is a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the address, Friedman urges President Bush and Senate Republicans to vote with the Democratic majority to responsibly redeploy our troops from Iraq. Especially in light of the fact that the war has kept us from devoting resources needed to fight terrorists and the escalation of the Iraq war is failing, Friedman called on Republicans in Congress and those in their party running for President to support changing the mission in Iraq.

You can read his remarks here. But more important, this guy could have said the exact same things as Mr. Friedman, with equal conviction and impact.

Make no mistake. The future of our Republic will be on the line in 2008. Unless the Democrats can get a bigger majority in the US Senate, it really doesn't matter what else happens. Sure, a Democratic president would be a huge relief, but an obstructionist Republican minority in the Senate would keep too many of Bush's disastrous policies in place.

The 2008 election will be another referendum on the Iraq war and on the Bushbots who have perpetuated that disaster. The election will determine the course of action required to bolster our security and restore our reputation in the world. Liddy Dole will be a giant obstacle to that kind of progress, and someone needs to take her out.

That someone should be Grier Martin.


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true

This deserves repeating:

Make no mistake. The future of our Republic will be on the line in 2008. Unless the Democrats can get a bigger majority in the US Senate, it really doesn't matter what else happens. Sure, a Democratic president would be a huge relief, but an obstructionist Republican minority in the Senate would keep too many of Bush's disastrous policies in place.

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Where Liddy At?
Where is Liddy?
Anyone seen Liddy?

I know there's risk in pushing this

but you know what? There's more risk in NOT pushing it.

I've thought about this long and hard. I've talked to anyone who would listen, include Representative Martin himself, and his mom, and his friends. I honestly don't know where he stands . . . but I know where I stand. Grier is the person who could transform North Carolina politics by pulling military families, retirees, and active duty personnel across the aisle into the Democratic camp. And he could beat the pants off Liddy Dole.

OOO Please stop with the nude liddy comments.

I was eating a pizza when you made that statement about beating the pants off liddy.

But your right. NC does not need a proxy senator. We need someone who knows this state. From the coast, to the piedmont to the mountians. Our senator needs to know we are a strong agricultural community as well as a state with serious potential for growth in all our regions, not just the triangle.

Failure to get liddy out will only retard our growth for another 6 years.

Sorry about the pants thing

I didn't notice it when I posted, but now I have an evil image in my brain that won't go away.

Failure to get liddy out will only retard our growth for another 6 years.

Well said.

After Libby's vote

earlier in the week blocking the Webb amendment I emailed Grier because I agree he would clean her clock. There are plenty of pissed vets like me that would give Dole the same attention here that Allen got in Virgina.

Welcome

and thanks. We always need more pissed off vets ready to change things.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Yes - Plenty

There are plenty of pissed vets like me

and more in the making every day.

I was impressed

Grier Martin spoke at the YDNC convention this year along with a panel of other new (or at least newer) NC Reps and Senators. A member of the audience asked about gay marriage, and the ENTIRE panel avoided the question; they basically gave us a civics lesson on how we can contact our reps and senators. It was rather disappointing. I cannot give you Grier's answer on gay marriage verbatium, but it was a progressive stance, and one I completely aggreed with and appreciate. I was also happy to see that he actually answered the question, which so many others would not.

I do hope Grier runs.

That is encouraging to hear.

I have a lot of respect for someone who actually answers a question, and doesn't avoid it because he thinks people will disapprove of his answer. I want to know where candidates stand - and in this case, if his answer was "progressive", I probably approve.

I really hope that Mr. Martin will seriously consider this.

Not gonna run

Grier would certainly be a big change from some of the people who are in office now. You know the people who arent answering questions, or the ones who are running away from reporters.

Grier would certainly be a big change from Dole, who will probably spend the entire campaign avoiding unscripted events.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Perhaps a bad choice of title?

I sure hope it isn't right the way I'm reading it :-P

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I'm really hoping Grier Martin does decide to run

We need progressive Democrats here in North Carolina. Grier Martin is just that.

A while back, Blue was putting together a Draft Brad Miller movement. I was all for that, as Brad represents part of Greensboro. I asked him, if Brad runs for Senate, who would you think would be best to represent our State and still bring the progressive heartbeat to this district that Brad Miller has. Blue simply replied, "I like Grier Martin."

I checked into Grier then and was impressed.

When Brad Miller decided he wanted to continue to serve the 13th North Carolina congressional district as opposed to running for Senate, I was somewhat deflated, and yet I was happy for the citizens of the 13th. I then posted a comment here as to who should run against Liddy now that Brad had decided his priorities lay elsewhere.

Angelico replied that he felt that Grier Martin would best represent our progressive constituancy here in NC very well. I again checked out Grier Martin. Again, after this space in time, I found what I read about this man made me feel he would represent us the way I would like my family and my State represented. I then sent Grier an email asking him to run against Liddy.

That was a few weeks to back. I've continued to keep tabs on whats going on with Mr. Martin, and I have to say, I believe if he were to run, his background and his politics would bring a whole lot of people into his fold. You know why? Because he seems to be SO real and SO straightforward. North Carolinians, and Americans for that matter, are so in need of that trait.

I'm in if Grier decided to run. All the way.

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