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    pierre9045, blueoasis

    at dKos, to create better and more Democrats, or even Progressives, and to elect more of them to Congress and state legislatures.

    The basic fact is that the American public is already far more Progressive than politicians and pundits allow. Pew Research is a good source of polls on the issues, and provides reports showing the historical trends broken down by region, religious affiliation, age, gender, and more. Furthermore, the public is moving in our direction by about 1% annually on the issues as more old angry White guys die off. We are moving faster on LGBT rights lately, slower on abortion, but all in our direction.

    What are the most important obstacles?

    • The Right wing noise machine
    • The filibuster in the Senate
    • The gerrymander of seats in the House and in state legislatures
    • Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court
    • GOTV

    We know how to counter each one over time, except that we have to just wait for Scalia to retire or die. Even there, the plan is to have a Democratic President, even if not a Progressive, to nominate his successor.

    When we get all of these, the Republicans will sink into irrelevancy, and the debate will largely be between the Democratic and Progressive platforms.

    I plan to Diary all of these issues for the Better Democrats group. First I would point to the Battleground Texas plan to turn Texas Blue and then undo its gerrymander. That alone would take us most of the way to a Democratic House with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker again, and there is more. Y'all come!

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 11:27:32 AM PDT

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