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  •  We already have a platform (6+ / 0-)

    A very nice-sounding one, in fact.  We've had them all along.  They're wallpaper, and nobody takes them seriously.  

    Progressives need a Newt Gingrich:  somebody who can articulate a simple, bullet-point agenda that's actionable and comprehensible.  Somebody who can build a movement around that agenda, and take over the Democratic party with it.  I just hope our Gingrich isn't as much of an a$$hole as theirs is.

    Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

    by Dallasdoc on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:22:28 PM PST

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    •  Yeah - it is called an intellectual and moral core (2+ / 0-)
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      Bernie Sanders does that (but of course he isn't a Dem).  Elliot Spitzer had the potential to be that sort of a leader.  Sherrod Brown shows flashes.  

      But again, we begin to get caught in personalities.  The beauty of what Newt did -- and the tea party did 20 years later -- was that it was about the policies and not the personalities that drove them.

      Over the past 10 years we have done brief (10 pts tops)  platforms here on dkos and elsewhere in the net-left.  The consensus is strong - wide and deep.  It is really a matter of crystallizing it and moving it forward.

    •  Modern Democratic platforms (1+ / 0-)
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      aren't especially impressive, I don't think.

      The only hope for improving present conditions, restoring employment, affording permanent relief to the people, and bringing the nation back to the proud position of domestic happiness and of financial, industrial, agricultural and commercial leadership in the world lies in a drastic change in economic governmental policies.

      Democratic Party Platform of 1932

      This approach includes tough spending cuts that will bring annual domestic spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in 50 years, while still allowing us to make investments that benefit the middle class now and reduce our deficit over a decade.

      Democratic Party Platform of 2012

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