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  •  Years ago, that may have been true (0+ / 0-)

    But recent years have shown those Blue Dogs have taken down and weakened most of the creditable and critical public policy initiatives in DC.

    Would she be willing to stand up for legislation to make elections publicly funded with caps on spending?  Would she stand up against the WH efforts to cut SS and Medicare? Would she vote for legislation to protect US jobs and stop outsourcing and insourcing?  

    Those are the real litmus tests. If she can't do that, she's no more helpful than McConnell.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:46:15 AM PDT

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    •  your first proposal would probably (1+ / 0-)
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      require a constitutional amendment.  I don't really know about the others.  She has taken few positions in public because the only office she's campaigned for and held has been the Secretary of State, which mostly is controversial for regulating elections.  So we know she supports laws making it easier for people to vote.  She took a stand in her campaign on promoting access to voting, including the homeless, while her Republican opponent said they shouldn't be able to vote.  She just got a bill passed to help people in the military vote.  We really don't know much else.

      Those are important economic issues which you bring up, which I'd expect her to talk about if she runs.  

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

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      •  No constitutional amendment necessary (0+ / 0-)

        and while supporting fair voting rights is nice, thats her job as SOS. It doesn't help, though, when the only choices to vote for are politicians who take corporate money and go to DC to implement their agenda.

        As to my earlier point, she appears to be a novice politician who hasn't taken strong stands on issues.  She's also going to need the corporate wing of the Dem party to give her money for her race.  That financial obligation combined with her soft stance on issues and her need to please GOP leaning voters instead of selling a Dem agenda doesn't bode well.

        Good luck. I'm lucky to live in a purple/red state where my Dem senator isn't afraid to stand up for traditional Dem values.  He can do that because he knows its important to sell voters on Dem ideals.  Sherrod Brown.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:20:08 PM PDT

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        •  supporting voting rights is only your job (2+ / 0-)
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          if you're a good Democrat.  Republicans don't believe in it.  Some Democrats don't either, like in Rhode Island where the Democrats passed voter ID.

          You can say she hasn't taken positions on some issues, but give her credit where its due.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:30:00 PM PDT

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    •  Fortunately she isn't totally irresponsible (4+ / 0-)
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      so she won't advocate wasting tax money to make all elections publicly funded.

      Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

      by tommypaine on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:10:29 PM PDT

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    •  LOL! (4+ / 0-)

      That last statement is really weird.

      Mitch McConnell has voted against SCHIP, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Stimulus, the Hate Crimes bill, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill in 2009, the Public Lands bill of 2009, Wall Street Reform, health care reform, small business tax relief, job creation bills, unemployment insurance, healthcare for 9/11 responders, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, against food safety and against just about every other Democratic legislation that has ever come before the Senate. Getting rid of McConnell and his talking points from the Senate is a victory. And plus ALG would likely be supporting most of these bills.

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