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  •  You are wrong. (2+ / 0-)
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    JNEREBEL, duhban

    I personally know many elected Democrats — including my congresswoman and one of my senators — who absolutely support civil rights because it's the right thing to do and shame on you for groundlessly demonizing them, the way Republicans do. While some politicians may fit your bleak assessment, you are insulted the many that don't — and cynical attitudes like this only result in the election of more cynical politicians.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:52:17 AM PDT

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    •  I wasn't referring to... (5+ / 0-)

      ...individual politicians, but to the party itself.  The DCCC, the DNC Platform, they take positions because they are forced to.  I have no doubt whatsoever that if pro-choice voters declared en masse that they were willing to enthusiastically back anti-choice candidates, the party would start recruiting those candidates.
      I remember when Bob Casey Jr. ran for Senate his first time, and how giddy some Democrats seemed at the prospect of winning back those "Reagan Democrats" with a popular "pro-life" candidate. They didn't think it was a liability, they thought it was an advantage.

      •  Exactly. Now, because it's useful to the party (4+ / 0-)

        the party is screaming to the rooftops about Republican anti-abortion outrages. But a few years ago, it was all about sucking it up and understanding that we had to vote in pro-lifers in order to be "viable." It was a pragmatic decision.

        A pragmatist with no values except pragmatism will throw you and your issue under the bus as soon as it becomes convenient to do so--or perhaps I should say, more convenient than not doing so.

        Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:20:47 AM PDT

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      •  Well, a lot of them used to delusionally (4+ / 0-)
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        insist the Republicans never intended to take away reproductive choice because it was such a great organizing and fundraising issue for them. I never believed that, and now look.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

        by anastasia p on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:33:32 AM PDT

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    •  Did you notice that I said that Wendy Davis (3+ / 0-)

      was likely an individual of principle?

      I made it clear that I'm not saying there are no principled individuals in the party. I'm talking about how the Party runs. The decisions it makes, as an organization. And it's pretty clear to me that neither Wendy Davis, nor Sherrod Brown, nor Sheldon Whitehouse, nor Alan Grayson, nor Barbara Lee, nor Marcy Kaptur, are in charge of making those decisions. I used to have some hopes for Dem. leadership--I liked Pelosi, and I liked Chris Van Hollen--but even the best of those in leadership go along to get along. That's the price of being in leadership. At this point, I have no freaking clue which players are the ones who really hold the power in the Democratic party, but the actions of the party, analyzed over the past five years, show clearly that it's not principle or conscience or anything decent motivating the strategies and tactics of the organization.

      Howard Dean was right; we needed to take over the party. Unfortunately we only got halfway there.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:18:44 AM PDT

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