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  •  The 50-State Strategy died bc ppl didn't like Blue (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Dogs and Conservadems  and the headaches they cause that come with representing districts where those who vote are far more conservative than most on this site. Some on this site should stop pointing fingers at other people as there has been very little attempt to agitate for continuing the 50-State Strategy.

    There is no reason why we can't still continue with this strategy, or something very close to it. We don't need permission from D.C. or any favorite politician. We are supposed to be a bottom-up movement which in this instance means that we find candidates if we have too.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 01:52:40 PM PST

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    •  ..if we must... (0+ / 0-)

      "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

      by sebastianguy99 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 01:54:34 PM PST

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    •  Well, Sebastianguy... (0+ / 0-)

      Consider the situation if you are a voter in a red district.

      Thanks to the abuses of government by Republicans, you have effectively no representation in Congress, or in your town or city. Maybe you have representation in your state government or maybe not.

      So, you try to write to the Democratic Congressman from another district. Most of them put your letter in the trash.  

      Every two years, the national Democratic Party comes around asking you to turn out for a Senatorial candidate or a presidential candidate. If they get elected, great. You know how easy it is to get any real help from a Senator or President.

      This is why so many millions of Americans don't vote. They don't see any advantage to it.

      It's true that we can try to run a 50-state strategy through DK. This diary is an attempt to add one district to that effort.

      But consider how many armies are run by their privates, or how many corporations are run by their sales staff.  There's a reason for leadership. And leaders get paid to do what they do, unlike freelance efforts like DK.  

      If by "Some on this site" who "should stop pointing fingers at other people" you mean me, say it.  I will, of course, ask you to show me anywhere that I have blamed anyone.

      So, let me ask you a question. I've laid out a case for why one particular congressman should face a challenge. I think it's a good case, but I am willing to be persuaded otherwise. So tell me: what are you doing to stop the abuse of congressional power by people like Cliff Stearns?  

      •  Nice try, but this isn't about you or me (0+ / 0-)

        I've been on the ground working with a variety of causes and organizations. I don't have to justify myself to you in order to make the point that the so-call 50-State Strategy produced representatives that were more conservative than many here at DK are willing to put up with.

        Another point that I made was that this is supposed to be a bottom-up movement and as such, I do not believe we must wait for permission from anyone in D.C. or some beloved political figure in order to develop our own candidates.

        Now how you got from "some people" to just you I do not know, or care. I did not have you in mind when I wrote my comment (I have no recollection of interacting with you on the subject or coming across a string of comments which would suggest me to me a particular orientation on the subject), but if the shoe fits, so be it.

        I am about beating Republicans, everywhere, each and every contest. I have little patience for those who have some other agenda or whose actions make it easier for Republicans to win. This includes those that don't vote which is one reason I stay on the ground trying to overcome their reluctance.

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 04:45:30 PM PST

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