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  •  A better question might be, "How can progressives (2+ / 0-)
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    pierre9045, USSpinWatcher

    ... exert pressure on candidates in a way that makes them more relevant rather than less so?"

    The idea of supporting a 3rd party in some races and some circumstances shouldn't be taboo to discuss, but in most cases there are better approaches. Going the 3rd party route for federal races should probably be considered a last resort. There are better ways.

    First, progressives need to be willing to lean hard on elected Democrats and candidates to uphold progressive values through their votes and sponsored legislation. We also need to be willing to draw a firm line with conservadems by visibly and vocally withholding support from the worst ones in selected races. We can do that knowing that a small sacrifice of some of the worst candidates will have the overall beneficial result of getting other office-holders vote more in line with their progressive constituents.

    Second, we should be more proactive about running primary challenges from the left within the Democratic party... again in selected cases, and in ways that send a message.

    The test really has to be whether any of above steps would strengthen or weaken progressive leverage. There are many instances where running a 3rd party candidate would weaken progressive influence while also weakening the Democratic party, and that should be avoided.

    *** All our work toward economic and social justice won't matter the slightest bit unless we start reversing global warming right now. ***

    by CupaJoe on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04:26 PM PST

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