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(Yahoo)   Blogger hopes Nancy Pelosi figures out that a lot of folks in the Democratic Party are experts at losing elections   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2006-09-10 11:52:18 AM  
Anybody seen Bob Shrum around lately?
 
2006-09-10 12:23:59 PM  
I just hope that a lot of folks figure out that Republicans are experts at farking up the country.

You don't have to vote Dem, but if you care about your country, please don't vote GOP.
 
2006-09-10 1:08:24 PM  
Why do you think the best concession speeches are made by Democrats?

Practice, practice, practice...

/I think this election cycle they will get a little rusty at it though
 
2006-09-10 3:40:09 PM  
Good thought to remember:

A lot of Republicans are businessmen/women.

Business owners/ execs are very pragmatic.

Pragmatic people do what it takes to win, in many cases 'agenda be damned.'

Meaning, the GOP will raise cash, hire excellent pollsters (usually) and find out what the 'hot button issues' really are, then press those issues all the way to election day.

The Left, by contrast, are Idealists; passionate folks who really do care about the poor, health care, etc. They aren't very good at 'compromising the message' for the sake of winning elections. Which is why the GOP may end up eating their lunch come November. They have a slate of far left candidates running who may scare the hell out of Joe or Jane Union Member and that would be bad for the center-left party, the Dems.

/My Two Cents
 
2006-09-10 5:04:03 PM  
While I have definite problems with the GOP, Pelosi as Speaker of the House is something I don't want to contemplate.
 
2006-09-10 10:04:32 PM  
TFA: Every December after Democrats have lost Congress over the last 12 years, corporate-funded front groups like the Democratic Leadership Committee inevitably claim it is because Democrats were supposedly too populist.

No, it was because of an accumulation of things over the previous five years or so, like Hillary's high-handedness, the House banking and post-office scandals, lots of local-level urban Democratic corruption, and so forth. That, and for a little while Newt Gingrich and the Republicans were actually practicing what they preached. A very little while, but still.

And then there was the gerrymandering - you think DeLay invented it? Go back another decade. IIRC, the courts had ruled back in the early 80's that district lines had to be redrawn to include X percent minority voters, so as to ensure almighty diversity. So Atwater, the sneaky bastid, takes a meeting with minority Democrats and offers a deal where their districts get redrawn with not just X percent, but X plus 20 or 30. They get seats for life, and right wing Republicans get that, too - and the GOP would pick up an extra seat here and there in the process.

Moderates got squeezed into primaries against each other. (Incidentally, this is a big reason why Murtha has such a hard-on for the Bushes - they've been trying to fark him out of a seat for decades, but he brings home so much pork they just can't pull it off.)

Populism has nothing to do with it.
 
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