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  •  Good Democrats? Or More Democrats? (1+ / 0-)
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    I dunno if renters make good Democrats. The top 5 renter districts are all Democrats: Serrano (D-NY-15), Rangel (D-NY-13), Velazquez (D-NY-07), Becerra (D-CA-34), Maloney (D-NY-12). But how good are they? Serrano is a leader in the Progressive Caucus. Rangel is a notoriously corrupt tool of big business coasting for decades on past relevance. Velasquez votes against banking regulation. Becerra was on Simpson/Bowles, the "Supercommittee" that gave us the Sequester and the committe that "solved" the Fiscal Cliff by making Bush Tax Cuts permanent. Maloney is the 114th most progressive congressmember, and mixes some good legislation with a long history overseeing intel and other "reforms" that remain out of control.

    That's a pretty mixed bag. While the people in those districts might be "good Democrats", they send to Congress over and over again people who are more definitely "Democrats" than reliably "good".

    I'm more interested in seeing the demographics that districts have in common who send the worst Democrats to Congress. Because political change in America comes from primary elections. They are the elections with the worst media vacuum. Therefore, they are the natural place for Daily Kos to focus its efforts to elect not just more, but better Democrats. Get representatives elected in primaries who represent their districts better than their incumbents, Republican or Democrat, and help them win the general on that basis.

    Yes, it's early. Primaries are just a year away. Now is the time to focus on the most effective work Daily Kos and its members can do.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 03:44:22 PM PDT

    •  Excellent Point (0+ / 0-)

      Progressives need to do better at controlling the primaries and hence the final political outcome.

      An examination of the census data in terms of searching for latent variables that turn out more progressive voters rather than simply democratic voters, would be far more helpful to reach the intended effect.  

      If one is going to look for progress its important not only to look at whether a candidate actually can be expected to promote progress but also at the rate at which such a direction once taken could lead to results.  Certainly conserva-dems are far better than republicans, but the trick is figuring out how to get change to occur at a faster pace.  One could die before one sees any progress at all otherwise.

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