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So we finished phase 1 of the great orange conspiracy. We have the "more democrats" we've been looking for. Phase 2, the "better democrats" is something that we can only really work on once every two years. I have a proposal for phase 1.5:

Make the better democrats we already have more powerful.

The idea is simple really. One of the things that seems to make a person in congress really popular (and thus powerful) within their caucus is the ability to fundraise for their fellows. Nancy Pelosi and John Cornyn both immidiately come to mind as people who based their rise to power on their ability to put money into other people's campaigns.

So here's the idea: Why not take the blogosphere's fundraising powers and put them partially in the hands of someone we really like. I won't suggest anyone, but imagine if we gave some congressperson we liked the ability to suggest, say, three candidates who would be put up periodically on Dkos open threads for donations?

Money is how we count power in this country. If we want to have the people who represent our interests increase in power, we need to give them access to direct money as they need to.

Originally posted to walkingshark on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 03:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips (6+ / 0-)

    For powerful progressives.

    - Its time we stopped dealing in words, and started Dealing in Lead.

    by walkingshark on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 03:05:41 PM PDT

  •  More "Democrats" like Bernie Sanders.,,:-) (4+ / 0-)

    less like Evan Bayh. :-(

    "The dirty little secret,,,is that every republican politician wants Obama to fail,," rush limbaugh

    by irate on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 03:08:24 PM PDT

    •  So less Democrats? (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, followyourbliss

      I think the lesson to learn from Sanders is that party doesn't matter - we should just elect progressives when we can elect progressives.

      •  party does matter!! (0+ / 0-)

        there is no doubt, if we have learned nothing else  is that the Party in power is the party that "runs" the country for 2, 4, 6, 8 years and if the wrong party is in charge, the repugs, the country, expecially the people are subordinate to business interests around the world. The repugs appointed persons to committees that put our country up for sale to the highest bidder, did not collect royalties due the American people, gave companies that shipped jobs overseas-tax breaks and mostly allowed the lawlessness prevail throughout the coutnry brought on by illegal immigration and illegal drug traffiking. It matters what party is in charge,  and to say otherwise is foolhardy and dangerous to the country's future.

  •  I'm currently working for a great (1+ / 0-)
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    progressive running for DA in a city I won't name YET.  And, I'm unemployed so there's lots a time to do it.  Find someone, any good progressive, and do your duty -- even in those unbelievably red places.  Don't forget that Rocky whatshisname, an amazingly progressive person for Utah, got elected as Mayor of Salt Lake City.

    Speak the truth to people, and they will listen.

    Investigation! Indictment! Incarceration!

    by followyourbliss on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 03:21:01 PM PDT

  •  I like your idea walkingshark. But it may (0+ / 0-)

    be difficult to get folks to agree on what a "progressive" Democrat looks like and who qualifies.

    Could it be that we have an inherent dillema in being powerful and being progressive at the same time?

    I've been wondering if at least one part of being powerful in politics involves the very sorts of compromises to the very leading edge principles that would define one as being most progressive by the standards many of us espouse.

    Could it be that, to some extent, aspiring to the highest ideals for the most progressive improvement, means getting far enough out in front of the "pack" or average or most common viewpoints, to create a gap between what is and what should be, strains one's ability to do the back slaping deals often used for the traditinal notion of power?

    I still like your idea and tipped and rec'd you.  But, probably have raised doubt as to whether I'm just doing this to gain power and co-opt your emerging base, or because I truly beleive this is the best progressive advance?

    Bwa, ha, ha, ha.  Or maybe I'm doing this because I'm evil and not really a progressive at all.  Just a trouble maker stirring up dissension in the ranks of the idealistic?  


    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 03:34:47 PM PDT

    •  Doesn't matter much (1+ / 0-)
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      This idea got about as much attention from the dkos community as I expected anyways. The real issue, of course, is that people on "our" side have power, but they never use it.

      This is a common theme in our current crop of fiction too. So called "heroes" who have the power to end a threat, but because they don't want to appear bad, they hold back, and as a result people suffer and die.

      I truly believe that at this point, our current form of representative democracy is a failure. Checks and balances don't work when the powerful are all in bed together.

      - Its time we stopped dealing in words, and started Dealing in Lead.

      by walkingshark on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 06:20:37 PM PDT

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      •  It's been a very sad time for representation (0+ / 0-)

        democracy that's for sure.  And I expected a lot more change than we'e got so far.

        Seeing the Obama DOJ defend Bush's state's secret act has been the low point to this point.  But, it distressing to note how many close seconds one could argue for.

        Let's just hope our new team sharpens up after getting their feet on the ground for a while.  Also, Obama may change his mind about how much mileage he's going to get by striving for the trans-partison centrist strategy.  

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 07:27:22 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

          The thing is, I think Obama will still be a good president. Much better than Bush could have been even if he had tried his hardest instead of being an empty suit.

          The problem is, we don't need a good President. We need a transformative breaker, someone who can go in and tear down the broken system and put up something better.

          I don't think, however, that there is any way we could ever get what we need.

          We're not even going to get a fraction of what we want. This country will not have a public option in health care in 2016.

          If it does, I will personally send Barak Obama an aplogy note and donate 5000$ in today's dollars to a charity of his choice.

          - Its time we stopped dealing in words, and started Dealing in Lead.

          by walkingshark on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:04:35 PM PDT

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