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  •  You seem to confuse the left voting Dem (2+ / 0-)
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    WB Reeves, tardis10

    with the left having clout within the party.  The left votes Dem because the alternative is horrible to think about. End of story. The party kinows that, hence the left has no leverage. End of story.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:02:21 PM PST

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    •  Implicit in your argument (1+ / 0-)
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      is the idea that the Dems either don't care if the Left votes for them, or alternately, they believe that the Left will vote for them no matter what they do.

      As I indicated above, either is a possibility but do you think these are accurate assumptions?

      Or is that the Dems don't care enough about winning future elections that they're uninterested in keeping the coalition that makes winning possible intact?

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:53:50 PM PST

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      •  My two cents? (1+ / 0-)
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        The Democratic Party believes the "left" will vote for them because the have nowhere else to go. As for your last paragraph,I believe the Dem Party isn't uninterested but rather is short-sighted about what it is going to take to keep that coalition intact.

        "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

        by tardis10 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 11:11:37 PM PST

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