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Today's decision tells us that the consequences for failing to deliberately and effectively compete for power in today's political environment reach far. We are far too fond of blaming ourselves as much as our opponents for such defeats.  We should realize something simple: they want us to fail, they engineer our failure.  Collapsing into mutual contempt only furthers the defeat, it doesn't prevent it.

They are not bothering to play fair.  They are not bothering to treat us with respect, or to acknowledge common cause with us, even where it's justified.  This modern Republican Party has been raised on an increasingly insular diet of propaganda that has these people thinking they are the saviors of American Democracy, even as they curtail the voting rights of millions in their quest for power.

They aren't shy about it.  They want control.  They will do what it takes to get it, and not just when they feel like it.

Sometimes, it's just a matter of who has the freedom to act when their constituents demand it.  Part of the GOP's problem now, and the reason for all its bizarre and atrocious behavior.  As much as they were able to win, they only won the House, and lost the other two elected parts of the law-making triangle.

They will suffer much for letting us have the Congress back.  We will suffer now and later for them having the House of Representatives back.

We're certainly suffering for letting Bush get the White House.  Yes, Gore was not ideal, but really, just a little extra effort, and we could have had traded in complete disaster for non-ideal.  Sounds like a good trade to me.

These guys, they aren't interested in playing nice.  They're not interested in surrendering to us if we push back hard enough.  They're interested in eating our lunch.

We have to get more aggressive now, and stop kidding ourselves that we can be casual anymore in our politics.  Casual gets us today's decision, as we underestimate the fervency of the Right Wing, and their willingness to bend or break all the rules they claim to hold dear in order to get the advantage over use.

We need to realize that the more power we win in the Courts, the Congress, and elsewhere, and the better we keep it, the fewer of these heartaches and headaches we'll have to face.

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  •  Tip: House, Senate, White House, Supreme Court (13+ / 0-)

    Our failure to control these consistently over the past thirty years is what has us in today's dire straits.  If we want change, if we want to put an end to the errors of the right, we must fight to take control of these key elements of political power.

  •  These fraudulent fucks have no shame (3+ / 0-)

    Saturating the polls with voters is the only way to kick these motherfuckers out for good.

    This decision won't be forgotten.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:50:11 PM PDT

  •  Here's the problem (5+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, mommyof3, jhecht, TracieLynn, artebella
    We're certainly suffering for letting Bush get the White House.  Yes, Gore was not ideal, but really, just a little extra effort, and we could have had traded in complete disaster for non-ideal.  Sounds like a good trade to me.
    You can't change the voters.  They are who they are.  There's no point in blaming them, because it's not going to stop the same thing from happening again.

    The only way to avoid it is to change the politicians.  It's a hell of a lot simpler for one person - the politician - to change to appeal to the needed voters.  Gore screwed up badly by deciding he didn't need the left, and didn't even throw them rhetorical bones.  Obama learned from Gore's mistake, and used enough populist and liberal rhetoric to avoid repeating that mistake.

    The polls are clear - most Americans actually like things that are called 'liberal', when you speak of them individually.  They want stricter gun safety laws, they want better healthcare, they want a strong safety net and better wages.

    Run as an actual Democrat, and win elections.  Don't try to pretend that the insane policies offered by the right are somehow worthy of consideration.

    •  The thing is Erich, if we're not (1+ / 0-)
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      artebella

      committed to reaching out to voters and convincing them why it is so important to vote, then it doesn't matter how much the like "liberal" ideas.

      MSM's smokescreen is so pervasive. ALEC pounds money into advertising. We have to do everything and more to break through all of it to get people to the polls.

      Leaving that communication out of the equation is something we can not afford.

      No one running for election will win without it.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:11:59 PM PDT

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    •  Funny how things change (0+ / 0-)
      They want stricter gun safety laws, they want better healthcare, they want a strong safety net and better wages.
      In reality, all those things are rather conservative, in the traditional sense. In this case, I would think 'progressive', would be a better term than 'liberal'.

      I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

      by jhecht on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:34:46 PM PDT

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    •  If we can't change voters, what can we change? (1+ / 0-)
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      artebella

      Politicians won't change if the voters remain constant.

      Yes, run the best Democrats.  But then, deliberately push things as far as you can get them to go.  Actual Democrats or DINOs,  at least get something else than a Republican in that office.

      •  Ourselves, and our politicians. (0+ / 0-)

        We can support politicians who are willing to face the reality of a given electorate.  This is going to sound funny, coming from me, since I'm on the far left in my ideas, but I really am pragmatic as well - and pragmatism means that Democrats have to start from the left and work their way right.  Yes, they want to appeal to as many voters as possible, but they can't afford to simply throw away the left in search of farther right voters.  That's a loser for the candidates, the party, and the country.

        Each time you do that, you only push things farther right.  The far left is your anchor - you need it to hold you from pushing the window ever rightward.  And that only helps Republicans.

  •  You read my mind (0+ / 0-)

    I just wrote a diary on this very topic, from a different perspective.

    The stakes are much too high now.

    Great diary.

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