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  •  I am calling every KOS'er out. EVERY ONE. (18+ / 0-)

    I have a diary I was working on when I saw this one, but let me say, I am calling every KOS'er out.   Maybe it's my mood because I just back-to-back'ed Lincoln and Les Mis ;)   But the more I thought about this after the presidents speech today the more I realized that NOW is the time to start thinking 2014.

    We have ONE YEAR to recruit candidates.    I don't care if your district is as Utah Red.   I don't care if the DCCC has no interest there.

    We have a responsibility to bring the fight to every single district, every inch of American soil.  

    I live in Kansas.. in the Johnson County area, which at one point was successfully served by a democrat.   They have been non-existant in the last few races.  No money, no support, no campaign.

    A democrat held District 2 in our state just recently in Boyda.  

    Not now.

    EVERY INCH of US Soil should be contested ground.   You don't fight the fights you can win, you fight the fights worth fighting.   There are many issues at stake - from drugs to gun control to the economy.   The only thing we are assured of is a democratic president for the next four years.   We have every possible obligation if we give a damn about our policies to beat the pavement in 2014.

    So, I'm going to say this now:   In the past I've worked four major campaigns.  I keep the donor lists.  I can get someone some headway.   Find me a candidate with a freaking pulse in our district in Kansas, and if we don't win, we're at least going to make some damn noise.

    And I expect every other democrat to get out there and make some DAMN NOISE in this congressional election.  And if you aren't making some noise, shame on you.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:00:44 PM PST

    •  I know how great it sounds to say (5+ / 0-)

      we need to field top notch candidates even in the reddest CDs. But top notch candidates don't run in bright red districts. So if we throw significant efforts into these CDs, all we're doing is wasting resources that are limited. We can be aggressive while also being strategic. Fight to keep all blue seats, fight for all the purple seats and pick some red seats to focus our energies on. Giving money to obvious loser Dems in Christianville USA is something the gop would like us to do.

      •  Let's clarify (8+ / 0-)

        Of course you are not going to pour all your money and resources into a race you can't win.   But it also doesn't mean you leave it uncontested.   The two districts I just picked have been won by democrats in the last 10 years.

        But every district, every where should be part of the effort.

        People equate money with the only resource.   There are a lot of democrats in a lot of areas viewed as "unwinnable".   But you know what they have?  They have their homes, their vote and a bunch of shoe leather.

        They have blocks they can walk and they have races they can campaign in.

        Not everyone can live in a purple or bright blue district.   But if people want to turn some traditional districts purple, or walk a red district blue, then it takes democrats in even the brightest red district walking the pavement.

        What do they have to lose?  They aren't hopping a flight to go canvas in Florida or Ohio or a district in Washington.   They have the place that is their home.

        I'm saying to you: if you live there, you have an obligation to fight for your district.   Let DCCC target their races, and that's how they should spend money.

        But let's also give DCCC enough money and resources where they can fight everywhere.  And if you've got some shoe leather and you're sitting your ass at home because your district is unwinnable, then shame on you.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:34:09 PM PST

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      •  one of the reasons we won in 06 and 08 (13+ / 0-)

        was that we contested a whole lot more seats than we did in the timid, bush-fearing risk averse years between '94 and '06. that strategic mindset was proven to be a loser, and it lost again in 2010 when the DNC cringed.

        •  There are some seats that (1+ / 0-)
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          are winnable in a swing election. There are some that are not.

          •  Tell you what (4+ / 0-)

            I'll back the DCCC to the maximum in '14.   I'll back them up national races.   But you get me someone with potential (and I have my metric for that, but I'd love to have a female business owner, moderate democrat) and there is a significant amount of money in my market to put behind that horse.   I significant amount of money.   We don't need nationals, we just want to beat the street.

            Two districts in Kansas .. western Kansas areas are almost unwinnable.   But you know, let the DCCC run there races and get me some job creating democrats in those districts who are willing to walk the streets and you can make some noise with not a lot of money.

            That's the thing.   These races haven't been contested in so long that no one really tries.   Why the hell not try?  Do I expect people from hotly contested areas to fly out to Dodge City?   No.   But do I expect democrats who live there to be willing to canvas for a democrat who wants to run?  YES.

            Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

            by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:51:12 PM PST

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            •  The way to in is to pick (0+ / 0-)

              a few longsots nationally that have a snowballs chance and give them a lot of money. Which means you don't divy it up to every goofy candidate.

              •  You're talking a national strategy (3+ / 0-)
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                Which is the view the DCCC needs to take.   I get that.

                The local strategy is different.   Locals can't bank on national support in every race.   But it doesn't mean that they don't mount a race at all.   Asking people to just give up is a sucky thing for any party to do.

                If donors will give to the national, they will support candidates everywhere.   But there is nothing wrong with them finding someone in their own district and backing them.  

                We can disagree, but even if you go crashing down in flames - no national money and just a bunch of people who sit around and walk blocks, you also build up the infrastructure you need later for senate and presidential races.

                Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

                by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:35:37 PM PST

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    •  Andrew Romanoff is considering a run in CO-6. (5+ / 0-)

      We almost got that one this year.  

      Romanoff is a better candidate than Miklosi.  That will even out the off-year turnout problem.  He is awesome & I'll be focusing on his campaign if he runs.

      Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

      by Leftcandid on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:02:16 PM PST

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    •  Best to recruit primary challengers in 2013 Q1 (3+ / 0-)

      For primary challengers to have enough time to build a campaign, and to put the earliest possible pressure on incumbents who will be casting important votes very soon,

      the best time to recruit primary challengers is in the remaining 11 weeks of this first quarter of 2013.

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