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  •  OK, here it is: (11+ / 0-)

    did liberals cause the 2010 shellacking?

    Take a look.

    And here's the reason I keep trying to shut down this zombie lie:

    The problem with breaking this narrative (35+ / 0-)
    is that this sort of narrative "x stayed home, screwing the rest of us" only has political value if it can be used for Hippy Punching.  

    You can statistically disprove it.
    You can rhetorically disprove it.
    You can anecdotally disprove it.

    It doesn't matter, because the people who use the narrative are simply not using it in good faith. It is a blackjack to be used on those who question the status quo assumptions of the inside the beltway Democratic Party.

    X always has to be a Hippy, always, or the narrative is useless.

    If we lose because of how the Democratic Party operates, it means fundamentally changing everything about how the party operates from top to bottom.

    Easier, cheaper, and less painful to blame a group you see as a fundamentally powerless as well as fundamentally trapped constituency.

    You can't "Centrist Punch" or "Independent Punch" because they are, by definition, the most hypothetically politially mobile voters, and your electoral model is based on the idea of wooing them at all costs.
    You only punch a constituency you believe has to take it. We have built an entire model of politics around the idea that it's good to malign the most loyal and ardent of your voter pool because they have no place to go, and your tearing them down lets you sell yourself to people who you assume wouldn't want to vote for you otherwise.  

    It's no accident that the most ardent and passionately Democratic voters are cast as the most disloyal and treacherous. You can't have anyone questioning their place in the narrative, or it falls apart.

    It's a political model of taking people for granted based on the idea that they have no place else to go, and, constantly reminding them that they are the most vile creatures in the world if they question this narrative, or if the Democratic Party loses.

    Every other Democratic constituency has a 'walk away' card when it comes to blame for a very important reason, as long as everything that goes wrong with the Democratic Party can be blamed on the least powerful and least politically mobile voting constituency inside the party, the party doesn't have to change the way it does business.

    The Democratic Party has had a dominant narrative for my entire adult life, we lose because Democratic policy is unpopular, and we must distance ourselves from what made our party great, because otherwise we can't win. In accordance with this view, we must chase the mythical Independent voter, this wild card of a creature who is truly independent and has no natural political inclination, and is always a political free agent ready to be wooed away from the other guy.

    There is no massive middle of unbiased and politically unaligned voters. there are "Independents" who are straight ticket Democratic voters, and there are "Independents" who are more Movement Conservative than any Heritage Foundationite.

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 11:21:16 PM PDT

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:06:01 PM PST

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    •  Thank you, thank you Southernliberal (0+ / 0-)

      For saying this, and saying it so well.  I'm so fed to the teeth for being shat upon by members of my own party simply for doing my best to get us all to stand for the ideals and agenda we all share.  I do my best for Democratic candidates that I believe will advance the Democratic agenda, but I fail to understand how it can possibly be my fault if a Republican candidate that I do not support and did not vote for wins.
      There are many Democrats who have expressed a willingness to settle for whatever we are given by our politicians, and that's fine.  What I don't understand is why it's not ok for other Democrats to ask for, and work for more.

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