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  •  Darn, thought Lizard @ 4&20 Blackbirds was.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, FogCityJohn

    ..about to make a really good point about Dem leadership ignoring its base, linking to Charles Davis @ Aljazeera, where he points to Harry Reid's..

    “There were many gut-wrenching nights when I struggled over what I needed to do to end the carnage,” Reid writes, claiming to have hated the war he voted for “as much as you hate the Affordable Care Act,”
    ..as justifying ignoring his base (us progressives) which it turns out was/is a mistake. A mistake that certain members of Dem leadership have been making for a long time (triangulation);

    Until s/he (Lizard) then links to George Ochenski who just does not get it.
    In fact repeats a major republicans spin (ironically giving a "centrist/right wing narrative to make the point about ignoring the base? - ugh):

    But it was Obama himself who unilaterally decided to not implement other provisions of the law and now provides a classic, if ironic, case of the pot calling the kettle black.
    ..which is oversimplification just plain wrong, which both Brad DeLong & Ezra Klein have explained.
    In 2009 the House passed a version of the employer mandate based on percentage of payroll without the negative incentives associated with the employer mandate based on number of employees (50 or more). Big Busisness rejected the former and embraced the latter.
    ...........................................  

    So I'll do my own.

    It is way past time for the progressive caucus and their policies are brought to the forefront as the Democratic party platfrom - imo - leave the blue dogs to follow the Progressive lead, not the other way around.

    Especially with what is going on.  We must not muddy things up trying to "come to the center".
    Now is the perfect time to make the distinction between the republicans and the Dems absolutely crystal clear. That is the very best thing we could do, and not just for the politics of it. The country needs/deserves it

    Thx MB for this weeks round-up

    •  So Freedom works is putting out guidelines? lol (0+ / 0-)

      Tea Party fundraising group FreedomWorks is broke as hell - by Robyn Pennacchia•Oct 11, 2013

      Good Morning! And would you like some delicious schadenfreude with your breakfast? The prominent Tea Party fundraising group FreedomWorks has pretty much exactly no money!
      [...]
      In case you need a refresher, the organization started as a Koch Brothers funded group “Citizens for a Sound Economy,” which was then split off into two groups–FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. FreedomWorks primarily dedicated itself to promoting trickle down economics and the teachings of Ayn Rand..
      [...]
      Anyway, according to a report from BuzzFeed, while the group raised $40 million last year–they spent it all getting Ted Cruz and all the other the people who just shut down our government elected, and also on Glenn Beck’s site “The Blaze”
      Sorry can't help but: As Bubbanomics would say : HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Seriously though, Hannah @ Blue Hampshire using Ted Cruz as a metaphor of sorts for the republican party right now is spot on. Republicans cannot follow their own advice.

      Breaking the republicans false narrative: "The American People want.." or "What the American People are saying.." - never have those statements been more false than today.

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