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  •  A whole crop of newbies ran for office (6+ / 0-)

    in WI after Walker was elected.

    Less-than-zero support from the state Dems.

    It has demoralized everyone. The Dems can't front a strong establishment candidate and won't support a non-establishment candidate. It's lose-lose.

    So running for office isn't the solution that can make a difference in the short-to-mid run here. Can't fix the problems that Walker has instituted with illegal gerrymandering, voter suppression and other ALEC-inspired hijinks.

    It is horrible to have to admit that only money and establishment politics can make a political difference, but that is the takeaway that many grassroots activists are coming away with.

    •  You don't give up. That's what fascist (15+ / 0-)

      monsters like Walker,  ALEC,  Kochs, etc. bank on. Dean is targeting your state. He's for real; I worked for his 2004 campaign here in FL. Ain't no state more corrupt than mine. I know he's targeting my state, too.

      Some people make u want to change species! --ulookarmless, quoted w/his permission: RIP good man.

      by orlbucfan on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:40:57 AM PDT

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    •  That's one cycle. (4+ / 0-)

      We aren't good at long views, we think the whole world runs at the speed of Twitter.

      Plugging away, fielding good candidates, taking losses and starting all over is the only thing that makes a new approach possible.  You can BE the Dem establishment if you keep pushing, keep working, study the Obama model for organizing and fundraising.

      The reason Obama can't fully depend on Senate Dems is that he went outside the establishment and won the fuck out of those elections.  That's the price you pay for being innovative.  It's also the only way we're going to win long-term.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:22:20 AM PDT

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    •  Badscience is right-but we have to keep 'fighting (2+ / 0-)
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      have  to let them know we're still here, and paying attention, like you stated as well oribucfan.

      While attending a local dem meeting, said something critical re: the DPW, and was 'taken to task' by someone I thought highly of. Kind of gobsmacked as I stay active-go to MKE and canvass for the WSC race & GOTV locals.

      Just hoping Dean strategies are successful, concerned about all of the $$$$$ flowing in post CU. I will continue to work hard to elect progressive-& Democratic candidates.

      Educating these people here in Wi is vital b/c our media sucks. It seems, the only way to get these people who still voted for the POS to change their minds is when one of wankers devastating policies affects them, or theirs-on a personal level. Many, will still blame Doyle :(

      Badscience & all at OLB are amazing and an inspiration, but I sure understand the need to hear some good news in Wi.

       OLB 'HOME OF CRAPPY GOVERNOR' at the Capitol grounds was

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