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  •  Better Democrats is the path to More Democrats. (9+ / 0-)

    What's a Better Democrat?

    1) Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs. Because that fixes the economy, protects the safety-net, lessens the deficit, lessens the debt.

    2) The Safety-net will not be touched: after 1) is in place, it gets expanded.

    3) Get after those non-voters.

    Put candidates out with that and you win elections whatever the pundits say. Why?

    72% in the latest Gallup say "Federal Jobs Stimulus Now, Deficit be Damned!" 80% say "don't touch Social Security" and at least 3/5 maybe more say "don't mess with Medicare."

    Of course, we'd have to abandon completely any Republican-friendly positions, such as "deficit is our main worry; cutting back Social Security is necessary." They're both lies, and stupid ones, anyway.

    Non-Voters were 42% of the last election. Per 100 voters we get:
    42 didn't vote
    31 voted D
    27 voted R

    I think one might be able to work out whether a) those non-voters favor Jobs & Safety-Net by a lot, and b) whether it's better to get those people voting or to try to switch/keep 3 or 4 people who vote already with wishy-washy "please both sides" delusions.


    If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

    by Jim P on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 10:30:32 AM PDT

    •  Maybe. But a better message is... (1+ / 0-)
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      Cut Social Security and Medicare and Momma (or Mother in law) is coming to live with you.  Which way do you want to pay?

      GOP Wars against: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Immigrants, Mexicans, Blacks, Gays, Women, Unions, Workers, Unemployed, Voters, Elderly, Kids, Poor, Sick, Disabled, Dying, Lovers, Kindness, Rationalism, Science, Sanity, Reality.

      by SGWM on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:21:51 AM PDT

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    •  Your point #3 means that the path to Better (4+ / 0-)
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      Democrats runs through More Democrats actually voting, which means more of us doing GOTV now, and not waiting until campaign season.

      It also means listening to potential voters more. Do you engage with students, or union members, or those unable to join unions, or LGBTs, or women, or any of the other victims of the Republican War on Everybody? Can you make the connection between them and the Progressives who are trying to help, regardless of what Democrats might think they are trying to do? Can you demonstrate to them the difference between a helpless single voter and a voter engaged in the various movements that will make a difference?

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:29:32 PM PDT

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      •  Hmmm. Half the electorate doesn't identify (3+ / 0-)
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        with either party; near half of both party's self-identifieds have said they wish they had somewhere else to go.

        So 3/4s, more or less, don't give a rat's ass about Parties. They do, however, care about Jobs and the Safety Net. And of the 42% who don't vote, I'd guess 36 of them would favor whichever party represented what we need, and five or six could actually vote.

        Forget Parties, focus on America's well-being. Then Dems win.


        If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

        by Jim P on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 04:19:08 PM PDT

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