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  •  The leadership of the Democratic Party (7+ / 0-)

    needs to accept it's role in the losses of 2000, 2004, and 2010, as well as it's "let's play defense" plan that led to the first debate fiasco this year.

    Gore chose Lieberman, appeared disloyal in running away from Clinton and in general conducted a very poor campaign. Yet I still hear it was Nader's fault.

    Kerry refused to fight back against the swift boaters and so the true war hero lost this natural advantage to a guy who didn't even fulfill his National Guard commitments.

    In 2010, the Democrats were astoundingly silent on the accomplishments of the Obama administration. Despite poor policy decisions in the first term, the Democrats could point to some successes and to fact that the Republicans were simply stonewalling. But to read many comments at DK, it was all the fault of the progressives who actually voted, rather than the Democratic leadership whose campign failed to inspire to moderates to vote.

    The Democrats unfortunately have shown an ability to lose campaigns they should win. Fortunately this year the Democrats were blessed by having Romney as an opponent, who ran an even  more inept campaign.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:30:50 AM PST

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    •  And you need to accept their role in the wins... (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Donkey Hotey

      in 2006, 2008, and 2012.

      But more importantly, you need to internalize the reality that campaign tactics, while having a meaningful effect on the outcome of election, are far from the most important factor.

      A President's party, which controls both houses of Congress, during the deepest recession in decades, loses lots of seats in a mid-term election?  Clearly, a slightly different message in paid advertising would have swung the election!

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      by joe from Lowell on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:50:05 AM PST

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      •  I am quite willing to give them credit ... (1+ / 0-)
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        when they deserve it. I rather doubt that the triangulators will ever accept their responsibility for the strategy that gave us eight years of Bush.

        A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

        by slatsg on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:40:47 PM PST

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