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    the corporate-owned politicians of any party.  The corporations cannot continue to own the Democratic party if the people's will is allowed to be expressed.

    The Clintons, the Third Way, the DLC and many more of the Democratic party 'leadership' are fully in the pocket of corporate interests over those of regular, everyday folks.

    Prior to 1992 and Clinton's election, the DNC ran a 50 state program.  Even a few hundred thousand dollars made huge differences in small states.

    Take Kansas.  That's where I was in 1992 and prior. Every two year and four year election, the national party would provide around $500,000 or so (roughly) for GOTV and state organizing.  

    And guess what?  The Democrats controlled the legislature as they had for over 40 years or more. The governorship flipped back and forth from time to time, but the Republican candidates were fairly "normal" human beings.

    In 1992, the Clintons ran on the "winnable states strategy" and yanked practically all national money from Kansas. It's a small state with mostly small interests (aside from the Koch brothers' home and HQ). The D state party didn't expect to be abandoned and had little time to even try to raise the money they needed.

    As a result of no dollars for GOTV, advertising, and organizing, dozens upon dozens of long-standing state Democratic representatives and senators lost their seats in narrow races with Republicans.

    And Republicans have held the legislature ever since, splitting up liberal areas like Lawrence/Douglas County, Wichita/Sedgwick County, even Hays and Topeka into gerrymandered districts.

    Because of Clinton's 1992 NON-50 state strategy, Kansas and many other small states flipped over to the Republican party and have remained there ever since.  TWENTY plus years of damage due to that campaign decision.

    There's no way that spending a little money in all those small states would have hurt the Clinton campaign so bad, but frankly, they just didn't care.  

    And it came back to bite his sorry philandering ass in the Impeachment hearings. That vote would never have occurred if they'd supported the little states as the Democratic party USED TO DO.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:55:36 AM PST

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