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  •  Exactly. (7+ / 0-)

    Like I said in zenbassoon's diary earlier, it's all about the money. There is need for it, and there is greed for it. While I think it's pretty amazing what has happened with the transformation of OFA, I think it is positively repulsive that this is what is necessary to attempt to drive change.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:32:07 AM PST

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    •  I would guess (4+ / 0-)
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      that things have always been this way. Populism is only a couple hundred years old (well, except for Jesus but the usual suspects always seem to forget that). The enemies of social justice are few but strong. What strikes me the most is the power of greed; while I am sure that there are probably some paranoid rich folks out there that truly believe the poor will rise up and steal all their treasure, I think the vast majority of them know that social justice will never break them. They just choose to fight it because it may diminish their wealth ever so slightly.

      It may also be more of a question of power - maybe they are more afraid of losing power than their wealth. In any case, they feel special and they want to keep it that way. They will always fight social justice, forever. In this country we have let them get too rich and too powerful - now it's going to be that much harder to reach our goals. We need a few rich and powerful folks on our side and that is starting to happen more and more. We'll get there.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:57:47 AM PST

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    •  It's not just externally driven... (1+ / 0-)
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      in the late stages of the election and in to the legislative season, candidates/congressmen narrow their universe in all regards. This dramatically impacts the small/medium donor fund raising efforts (or eliminates them completely).

      So as a function of their internal behaviors - narrowing the universe, eliminating the small/mid donor programs, likely reducing or completely eliminating all campaign staff, they shift their reliance entirely on the house/senate staff which is already overworked and legally restricted from campaign activity, as well as the DNC/DCCC which are focused on broad goals, not the narrow needs of one member.

      You can read more I wrote about this specifically aimed at Freshmen legislators here.

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      by mp on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:38:16 AM PST

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