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  •  We must amplify the message that the (2+ / 0-)
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    partisan gridlock is due largely to House Republicans. The low approval ratings for Congress show that most people recognize that while the Executive Branch is trying to do its job, the Legislative Branch ain't cuttin' it. However, we need to hone voters' outrage further, to Republicans in general and House Republicans in particular.

    Low-information voters are just now learning about the filibuster and may think that gridlock is a problem only with the Senate. We must do a better job at laying the responsibility for partisan gridlock squarely at the feet of House Republicans.

    Americans really need a basic civics lesson in how their government is designed to work (sigh)...

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:43:38 AM PST

    •  The key point is to focus on individual Reps (2+ / 0-)
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      Voters may dislike Congress and the Republican caucus but vote to reelect their Republican Representative, anyway.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:51:19 AM PST

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    •  Low-Info Voters are kind of the problem (2+ / 0-)
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      There's just so many of them.  Even I forget that most of my friends, teammates, co-workers have no idea what the filibuster is or the debt ceiling.  Look at all the photos that get shared on Facebook that are grossly inaccurate.  That's the wind we are going up against.

      The best things to do is let the GOP implode (well hope for it), get either big recruits/well-funded ones, drive up the GOTV efforts and focus on races that are local (i.e. State Senate).  

      The best we can do on the internet is drive awareness up of some of the lesser-name candidates (Shinagawa is a perfect example, as referenced by MichaelNY) and using the internet create some type of messaging.  Simple hashtags, retweets, liking pages help in some regard but the ground game is how it's won.  


      by RVKU on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:55:37 AM PST

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    •  "largely"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Not "largely".  If they were sane, trhis wouldn't be an issue.

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