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if you won't play to win. Let's be honest with ourselves: We don't win elections or negotiations by design. We win them by accident. We win after Republicans tank the economy, implode with their own wrecked ideology or commit verbal gaffes of such a heinous nature that only an uninformed, idiot ideologue would vote for them. (Thank God they are still in the minority in most parts of the country).

We even manage to get the most votes in an election and lose - 2000 presidential; the House in 2012. We are perceived as a bunch of well-intentioned idealists who don't know how to get things done in the "real" world and I think there is a lot of truth to this perception.

To wit: We withdraw Susan Rice and nominate John Kerry for head of State. Now, I have no beef against Kerry other than his dismal performance in the 2004 election, his tendency to live up to the Senate's expectations of gas baggery, and the fact that he is McCain and Graham's choice for State but what I want to know is: how will we hang on to his Senate seat? Who is the presumptive nominee and who is accountable for winning this election? I bet Republicans already have answers to these questions. Some on Kos say it doesn't matter if we lose this Senate seat. What? Elections do matter and the consequences are enormous. Did anyone get fired over the last Massachusetts special election debacle when we lost Ted Kennedy's seat almost before his body got cold?

Republicans have identified one of their biggest problems - no credible plans for the future, and trying to win with only attacks against us. But are we very far away from making this same mistake? What will happen in 2014 when Republicans have a new "Contract on America" and we are reduced to attacking it and defending ourselves? We will get clobbered, again.

Were we excited about a Democratic, positive, pro people agenda in 2012? No, we were excited about Romney, Akin and Mourdock committing gaffe after gaffe, after gaffe. How can we possibly have any sympathy for a party that wants to elect such people? I don't like Obama or McCaskill. I have no opinion about Donelly but I have complete revulsion when I think of Romney in the White House and misogynists like Akin and Mourdock in the Senate.

Our loser mentality is evident with the current, post-election fiscal cliff negotiations and post Sandy Hook disaster rhetoric. Obama is "threatening" to blame the lack of progress with these negotiations on the Republicans? Wow, sure you're not going too far? Also, Barack, if you want to do something like this, you don't let them know weeks in advance, because it gives them time to defend themselves! You spring it on them when they least expect it so it does the maximum amount of damage to them! This is how "winners" behave! They plan and execute the demise of their opponent(s). Winners would blame the Republicans five minutes after the negotiations ended and then keep hammering them until they submit. This is how Republicans have managed to stay alive when their failed vision should have shriveled up and been blown away twenty years ago.

Then there is Sandy Hook. My heart goes out to these families. I salute Obama for going up there and reaching out to them. And certainly right after the tragedy is not a good time to pick a political fight. But we need to stick it to the Republicans hard on this one and we need to start doing it before the end of January. Are there any substantive differences in gun policy between Republicans and the NRA? We can have no pity for Republicans; they are an awful bunch of people.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.", Mohandas Gandhi

    by Bubbatoby on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 08:50:56 AM PST

  •  "Our loser mentality..." (0+ / 0-)

    Speak for yourself Bubbatoby.

    •  Who else would I be speaking for? (1+ / 0-)
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      jellyyork

      I am not very giddy about the 2012 elections and am trying to make the point that Republicans lost due to unforced errors more than by our own design.

      "Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.", Mohandas Gandhi

      by Bubbatoby on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:12:56 AM PST

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  •  We (0+ / 0-)

    "We withdraw Susan Rice and nominate John Kerry...."

    No, "we" did not.

    In any event, it sounds like you're saying that Democrats won because they are not as bad as the other guys.  Yeah, there is truth to that.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:21:34 AM PST

  •  you're right. don't expect laurels for it, though. (1+ / 0-)
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    notrouble

    Keep telling the truth.

    A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:52:17 AM PST

  •  We have entered the 'big bird' phase of the (0+ / 0-)

    won the election years.

    It's not pleasant.  

    I hope it turns out like the 'big bird' phase of the debates.  But I am the one who watched the rest of the debates with blanket over my head, fearing to peak out most of the time.

  •  I've seen too much of it... (0+ / 0-)

    not playing to win, just playing along and hoping for a break. We don't plan and attack the other side, we set up circular firing squads within our ranks. We are drifting in a sea on the tides of party contention. Maybe I'll just leave for now and come back in January 2014, but I always hold out this hope that we will organize collectively to effectively fight back.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:12:57 AM PST

  •  can you say more (0+ / 0-)

    about what you mean by this:

    This is how "winners" behave! They plan and execute the demise of their opponent(s).
    What do you mean by the word "demise?" I recognize that you're not talking about their literal death.

    I suspect that you're envisioning something like them crying "uncle" and walking away from the battlefield.

    Do you really think that is realistic?

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by NLinStPaul on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:14:48 AM PST

    •  Hey NLinStPaul - nice Gandhi quote (0+ / 0-)

      By demise I mean loss. We need to defeat them so solidly that they give up on their crazy ideas and go into hiberantion.

      "Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.", Mohandas Gandhi

      by Bubbatoby on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:14:54 PM PST

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  •  Right now CT is the epicenter of US politics. (0+ / 0-)

    A Senate campaign in the middle of this, going to be something to write home about.

  •  I don't plan on losing..period. (1+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1

    "On this train, dreams will not be thwarted, on this train faith will be rewarded" The Boss

    by mindara on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:52:23 PM PST

  •  Yes and no (0+ / 0-)

    The People gives the conservative side every chance to make their case and prove it, first.  Then when that has ended in failure it caves to the liberal thing.

    It's been that way for quite a while now- that the conservative thing gets all the benefit of the doubt and has to disprove itself, while the liberal idea gets sidelined until all alternatives to it have failed.

    There are advantages to The People to operating this way.  Reluctant/skeptical process of elimination is a very reliable way to get to the best result- if you have the time- with the benefit that all the idiots get to say their piece, try their thing, fail, and then have to go away.

    It does mean that we back into the proper solution that many of us know is the only possible way to solve whatever the problem is.  But the idiots are adamant folk.

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