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  •  The problem is too many people vote GOP. Okay. (6+ / 0-)

    And screwing up at filibuster reform was a huge factor too.  But still, there is a question of how you move people AWAY from voting Republican, and it's not by dumping on the President and Harry Reid.  As has been noted before, Democrats are not always good at messaging.  Even, or maybe especially, progressives.

    I realize that DKos is essentially a place for Democrats to talk to each other, so critiquing the party and the president is one of our key roles.

    But we need to be better at talking to the rest of the country, too.  We need to develop a commitment to a dual role.  Criticize the President and elected Dems on gun regulation all you want.  But also, join Gabby Giffords' new group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, or at least send some money, so they can run ads against Republcans who voted against gun regulation, starting in May.  There need to be people putting out clear, direct, simple messages, such as:

    YOU WANTED BACKGROUND CHECKS AND THESE REPUBLICANS BLOCKED IT.

    It needs to be said 100,000 times between now and the 2014 election, and we, the netroots, need to help that happen -- through blogs, issue groups, radio, and any other way we can -- whether we're really happy about Obama's performance, or Harry Reid's performance, or not.

    THE COUNTRY NEEDS AN INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS BILL AND THE REPUBLICANS WON'T PASS IT.

    Things like that.  

    Hunter, thanks for pointing out the craven refusal of the mainstream media to acknowledge that one of our major parties now ranges from extreme to stark staring crazy.  If you have any suggestions on how we can prod them toward admitting the GOP has no clothes, or bypass them to make the public more aware of this dynamic, please don't hold out on us.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:48:38 PM PDT

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    •  This is the tact I try to take. (1+ / 0-)
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      I know that my GOP friends and family will never vote for baby killing godless Democrats who just want to tax and regulate and... Fuck I can't even keep up anymore.  So I tell them "Vote Republican.  But not THESE ones." and I tend to have a great deal more success.  

      They need a similar movement to the one we had last decade, i.e better candidates, not just more of them.  The GOP incumbents need to lose their primary immunity.  And the Dems who think like Reid, maybe even more so.

      That's a conversation you can actually HAVE with a conservative.

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