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    •  That's really not a problem (12+ / 0-)

      Republicans could care less what the public thinks.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:25:54 AM PST

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      •  They STILL need to be elected... (7+ / 0-) all you red-staters, red-districters (that'd be me, btw) unelect the fuckers!

        Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

        by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:01:13 AM PST

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        •  They pick their voters nt (3+ / 0-)
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        •  Easier said than done (2+ / 0-)
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          Voters cast over a million more votes for Democrats than Republicans, yet because of Republicans' REDMAP project, sent a 33 seat Republican majority to the House.  And now Republicans are using the same tactic on the electoral college to rig the 2016 Presidential election.

          As evidence of how little they care what we think and how little they think we can do anything about it

          1. They're boasting about it in public

          2. Republicans sneaked another gerrymandered redistricting bill through the Virginia state senate while one Democratic senator was at the inauguration.  (Va's state senate is 20/20 -- but not for long.

          Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

          by Helpless on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:49:45 AM PST

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          •  One possible solution is seen in that Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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            fiasco. Despite its off-off year election cycle and the going AWOL of national election "blues" all too often during those odd numbered year after the national election selections for all state offices this may just piss off NOVA and Hampton enough. If that blue weight comes out to crush state TP/GOP statewide office candidates we may get some traction.

            Our current governor is said to be unenthusiastic about the little Senate coup, but he was the same about the vaginal probe ultrasound and did little to stop it, then signing a "watered down" version despite "moderate" posturing. What he needs to think about is that this may finally bring about a focus of attention of the blue national voters for state matters making statewide office a distant dream for any Republican.

            Most Red States really represent an urban/rural split with the rurals fighting a rearguard, sometimes scorched earth, campaign against those "liberal" or "ethnic" urbanites. Georgia vs. Atlanta has a long, long story with the old County Unit System designed to counter Atlanta:

            Census data from 1960 illustrates the inequities of the county unit system. Although the rural counties accounted for only 32 percent of the state population by that year, they controlled 59 percent of the total unit vote. For example, the state's three least populous counties, Echols, Glascock, and Quitman, had a combined population of 6,980, while Fulton County, the most populous, had a population of 556,326. Collectively, the three smallest counties had a unit vote that equaled the unit vote of Fulton. The significance of this system was that the rural counties enjoyed a control of statewide elections that was out of proportion to their size.
            Much the same, minus that really out-of-bounds system, persists in many states that are "red" at the moment or long term. The strategy of mobilizing the Obama "blue" vote to deny Republicans statewide office in every election for this bad behavior could bear fruit.

            That needs to be a message in every one of the swing states where these electoral vote by CD and gerrymandering craze is fermenting. Do it and forget governorships and such for a generation.

            The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

            by pelagicray on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05:47 AM PST

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          •  Democrats cling to their excuses, but... (0+ / 0-)

            Votes are not cast on a national basis.

            Overwhelming victories in New York do not affect a Congressional race in Iowa.

            Gerrymandering probably makes some difference, but basic structural issues mean that the nationwide popular vote is meaningless when talking Congressional majorities.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 11:20:33 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

            We need to start working on an excuse for losing 2016, regardless of any Republican tactics. Dems and libs have spent the last 6+ yrs alienating a huge number of those who had voted for Obama -- the poor, and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US.

            Lib media won't touch this issue, but -- think back. Clinton/Gore targeted the poor. In Gore vs. Bush, the poor, etc. voted third party or withheld their votes, and the middle class picked Bush. The poor, etc. overwhelmingly voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legitimate discussion about our poverty crisis. Dems and libs aren't interested, and have spent the last 6+ years more dee0ly alienating these voters. Leading up to the 2014 elections, we learned of Dem plans to target Social Security disability again. It was a bad election year for Dems. Now ib media have gone all out to try to sell Hillary Clinton instead in place of VP Joe Biden. Clinton, with her long record of support for the right wing agenda -- pro-war, anti-poor, pro-corporate empowerment, anti-New Deal.  

            Through it all, the motto if this generation remains: Stand in Solidarity for the bourgeoisie alone, the middle class!

      •  COULD care less? (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, dear. Again.

        You meant COULDN'T care less, surely?

        Meaning: I care so little that I could not possibly care less. See?

        I know everyone says it, but saying "...could care less" is (to mean you don't care at all) sounds, well, kinda stupid.

    •  True enough, but Republicans have mastered (5+ / 0-)

      the art of propaganda, division, and fear.  So unless "we the people" make more noise than the Tea Party, voters will not know what the Republican extreme positions are, nor will they know their rights and benefits are under direct attack by Republicans until it is too late.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:11:25 AM PST

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    •  You sure? (0+ / 0-)

      Then why would people keep electing and re-electing them?

      •  You didn't read his point (0+ / 0-)

        Propaganda and Division are alive and well and constantly drummed into our heads. It's propaganda for the naive, propaganda for the greedy, propaganda for the wealthy..Propaganda so persistent and so overwhelming that it can (and does) take over even the rational and caring. Been a business consultant/Economist for 30 years and I do know where the BS is mostly coming especially in our Economic and Environmental policies. Little hint: While neither party is innocent, the most self-serving, the arrogant and the truly most naive party isn't the moderate one (or those scary people on the left).

        That is why people do still elect them, out of ignorance and believing in the propaganda (some of which I hear repeated verbatim even in the Daily Kos streams), and out of being overwhelmed by it all. Most of those that buy into it buy into it out of ignorance and the belief installed by the powerful that they are the only ones "to be trusted", not those educated in such matters but our "big Business Leaders". Another little secret: After advising some of the "big guys" and those with very diverse economic and educational backwards, I have learned that the "big wigs"  are less worthy of your trust than the unemployed "Joe" from down the street or the Science Professor in your local University.

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