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  •  Sad situation. (4+ / 0-)

    It basically means that no one who does not have access to a lot of money to start with can possibly afford to run for national office, especially the presidency.  Forget about anyone resembling normal people having a shot at the job.  Only rich people and career politicians with good fund raising connections can possibly compete.

    Of course, mandatory public funding of national level campaigns would go a long way toward opening up the field to real people.  But that would require rolling back Citizens United and having some campaign finance laws with real teeth.  The present bunch of incumbents are not interested in that, for obvious reasons.  Hence, we are limited to the current clown show.

    •  Yes and no. Again, there's the lesson of (0+ / 0-)

      EMILY's List. And ActBlue is more effective than anything the R's have been able to put into the field.

      Yes, the rules suck, but the only way to change them is to play by them. Electing Elizabeth Warren and as many like her as we can find is a start. Putting the Blue Dogs down (sorry, I mean, "Skipper went off to live on a farm upstate.") Pressuring (scaring the poop out of) existing congress-critters to pass small steps toward clean election finance rules. Then another set of small steps. And so on.

      Yes, there is a correlation between President Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain. Both have brought us "peas in our time."

      by Jonathan Hoag on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 06:47:22 AM PDT

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      •  I certainly don't mean (0+ / 0-)

        that we shouldn't run progressive candidates when the opportunity presents itself.  I certainly wish Elizabeth Warren well, think it's a good thing that Bernie Sanders is in the Senate, etc.  But we have to realize that the deck is very stacked against genuine activists, first in obtaining office at all, then in having an effect once they are in office.  

        For that reason, we have to consider electoral campaigns as only one part of an overall social movement, and not necessarily even the most important part.  We need to grow things like Occupy Wall Street, but on a national scale, and with real resources behind it.  

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