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  •  Amen to this. (18+ / 0-)

    How I wish there were many more — a supermajority!— of senators like Bernie Sanders. (I was horrified at the short-sightedness of Wisconsinites in voting out another good guy, Russ Feingold.) So under-appreciated by most of the Americans he is fighting for.

    Just because it's made up doesn't mean it isn't true.—Plan 10 from Outer Space

    by mofembot on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 03:32:39 AM PDT

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    •  Wishing alone (18+ / 0-)
      How I wish there were many more — a supermajority!— of senators like Bernie Sanders.
      can't make it so. The wingnuts have had a 40+ year program of recruiting, training, and nurturing their candidates and future candidates. Where is the Progressive equivalent to their think tanks and media organs?

      Instead of merely wishing for an army of Bernie Sanders, we should be looking high and low for more like him, recruiting them to run for positions like board of ed, mayor, state reps, and etc. and so on.

      We need to convince Progressive orgs to pool their donations not to buy airtime on conservative-owned media, but to buy up as many small and cheap radio stations and billboards in deep red territory so that we can have some control over what rural voters hear and see. At the same time, we need to be sending them the Progressive message in simple common sense language they can easily grasp and understand, delivered by spokespeople who are rural voters themselves so that they can relate to and trust them.

      Our biggest stumbling block is the nature of the Senate, where we need 60 votes just to go to the bathroom, and where we find ourselves hamstrung again and again by a handful of corporatist DINOs from rural red states. Rural voters are disproportionately overrepresented in the Senate. Rural media is relatively inexpensive. By focusing our limited resources on rural Senate campaigns, we can get the best bang for our buck and find the closest thing to a shortcut to a filibuster-proof Progressive majority on the Hill.

      Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

      by drewfromct on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 06:08:41 AM PDT

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      •  You're exactly right, drewfromct (14+ / 0-)

        That's why I'm somewhat embarrassed, but not too embarrassed to admit that here in my red, red state when a canddidate for city council caught me in my front yard last summer, my only question to him was, "which party?" When he replied with some trepidation, "I'm a Democrat," my next question was, "Do you have any yard signs?" Political yard signs are not a tradition in my neighborhood, but over the next few weeks, his cropped up around here like mushrooms. Next, I'll vote for him, and if he gets elected, I'll keep an eye on him, encourage him to do the right thing if I have to, and talk him up in LTEs if he does a good job because I believe that's how politicians are made. The best ones don't jump out of a pizza.

        Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

        by RJDixon74135 on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 06:22:12 AM PDT

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