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  •  No. There really isn't. Our State is 60% + (16+ / 0-)

    Democrat or Democratic leaning.

    California is not Vermont.  Democrats don't win here by pandering to right-wing assholes.  They win by getting Democrats to show up on voting day.

    We need to elect politicians who use the power we give them to enact the agendas they ran on, at least to the fullest extent they have the power to do so.

    Our policies are better.  They work.  They improve peoples lives.

    Then those people vote for us, no matter how anyone tried to "make them feel".  

    Steady jobs and a large minimum wage hike are what matter to the voters we're going to need in 14.  

    "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

    by JesseCW on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:10:48 AM PST

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    •  my guess is that VT would disagree (0+ / 0-)

      with the formulation that you have to pander to right-wing assholes to get elected. This is the place that elected Jim jeffords and Bernie at the same time. I think what the majority there values is honesty, integrity, dedication to one's  constituency, an independent mind, and a predilection for problem-solving.

      But I could be wrong. I'll shut up now and let Vermonters speak for themselves. :-)

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:48:52 AM PST

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    •  Steady jobs and a wage hike (0+ / 0-)

      are what all the voters want with the exception of the farthest right-wing fringe.  There is a bipartisan consensus in this country that we want jobs, good wages, social security, medicare, and medicaid.  When people say that those are "liberal" views and only liberals want those things, they are talking and acting in bad faith. Everybody except a tiny fringe of ideological fanatics wants those things.  Even some of the fanatics want them! Remember the Tea Party woman who told Obama to keep the government out of her Medicare? No matter how misguided or dumb that statement is, it's clear that that woman liked Medicare and wanted it to continue.

      This association of the above economic goals with "liberals" or even "Democrats" is just plain wrong, and it's used all the time as an excuse not to enact those policies. It goes something like this:  

      1)Jobs, a living wage, and earned benefits are liberal policies

      2)only liberals like liberal policies

      3)hardly anyone in America identifies as a liberal

      4)if we enact these policies we will suffer at the polls and lose political power.

      In truth,

      1) Well, maybe.

      2) Completely and provably false.

      3) True, because liberals have been identified for 30 years with everything short of demonic possession.

      4) Total bullshit, unless what you're worried about is offending your big donors.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:56:32 AM PST

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