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  •  And our base doesn't require ridiculous stands (27+ / 0-)

    to be motivated. Most of what our base is looking for is commonsense policy that benefits a wide range of people.

    In Ohio in 2010, the party devoted a TON of energy to trying to persuade and turn out undecideds and unmotivated voters. The result was disastrous — and only a hair from being not so (Kasich won with 49% of the vote; Governor Strickland had 47%, with the rest going to assorted third-party candidates).

    The Ohio Democratic Party admitted after the election that this didn't work out. They also admitted that they had recruited fewer volunteers than they hoped or needed. And THAT was a problem of alienating the base.

    No, it wasn't about people rejecting Obama, as some Kossack purity progressives fantasize. It was the Ohio party's deafness to women's issues — and women make up a bulk of the volunteer base. I could give you a few dozen names of activist women who sat out 2010, disgusted by a party that  slated an anti-choice extremist for a statewide office — someone who supported a Personhood amendment — and doubled down on this candidate for six months before succumbing to the deluge of negative response they got an yanking them from the ticket.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:25:17 AM PST

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    •  I got the feeling (6+ / 0-)

      that turning new voters into "always" voters is a tough sell.  

      But you are correct.  The biggest firebrands of our base is concerned about torture, concerned about the failure to do anything about the abuses of Wall Street, and seriously tired of being taken for granted, forced to hold our noses when presented with candidates calculated to NOT bring out passionate support.

    •  ODP always strives for the rural & GOP voters (0+ / 0-)

      They have a lot of leftover DLC strategy still fogging up the works down there.  They've been doing this for a very, very long time and, unless the GOP screws up badly in Ohio, the result is the same.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 01:28:06 PM PST

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