While I always have some hesitation about linking to Ellen of the Tenth, the counterpart to Team America over in the mirror universe that is the Dem side of the Tenth Congressional District, sometimes to really get the flavor of who's stabbing who in the back on the Dem side, there really is no substitute for checking out what Ellen has to say. After all, as you might expect, not a lot of Dem primary mail shows up at Team America headquarters based on my voting profile, since they are clearly not going to waste a penny on mailing to a 'hard R' like m'self. And while I have been known to show up to Dem events in the past (sometimes just to get a reaction), lately I haven't felt like playing that game, so except for what Russell Lissau tells us in the Daily Herald, one of my best sources is the person who originally inspired me to start Team America, after kicking me off her blog since she couldn't stomach the debate (of course, I am hardly the only Republican that's happened to, just ask Lou Atsaves).
But today, Ellen brings us up to date on the major contenders for the Dem nomination, which are Ilya Sheyman, Brad Schneider, and John Tree.
Boiled down, Ellen's opinion is (my synopsis):
Brad Schneider is really good at sending out mail pieces (although they all apparently sound exactly the same);
Ilya Sheyman is really good at bringing a bunch of high schoolers wearing his shirts to various events (even though they can't vote for him); and
John Tree (although from what I can tell isn't good at much of anything campaign-wise) is just an honest-to-goodness business, military and humanitarian demigod.
Of course, Ellen has endorsed Tree, so you have to take all of that with a grain of salt. But it's really fun to read her cut the other Dem contenders down, and she even takes a few pokes at President Obama for being a disappointment compared to her liberal yardstick (noting especially Obama's new capitulation on the contraception issue). Given that Tree is not nearly as liberal as Sheyman, I wonder what she really thinks of Tree's positions on Obamacare and other Dem causes, if even Sheyman isn't good enough.
Go check it out if you want a few yucks.