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  •  Here's the problem with this logic (5+ / 0-)
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    myboo, mrsgoo, marshstars, gabjoh, Munchkn

    It sounds fitting "save money here and there" and fight the races you can win.  In the end, the DCCC may preserve their money with the districts they think they have a shot at.

    But the goal isn't "only invest in districts we will hold forever" you invest in a district because their are democrats who LIVE IN THAT DISTRICT.   Those same democrats vote, send money to the national party, and care about the message.

    Look at it this way:  In Kansas, five years ago we had two democrats in the House of Representatives.   Dennis Moore served for several terms, and Nancy Boyda served just one..

    So the question would be: why run Boyda if she could only win one term?   Because one term is two years.   One term is two years of representation of a viewpoint within the house.  If you win quite a few seats, even if you just hold them for two years, you've won quite a few seats for two years... and sometimes, that's what it will take to change things.

    When Dennis Moore first won in his district, people thought he wouldn't last two years.. nearly a decade later, he was still there.

    That's how this works.. you can't worry about "future elections will be unwinnable".  

    "Winning for it's own sake is short-sited", well, that's only true if you don't live in that district and you don't want someone with your ideals to represent you.  If you do, it's not a matter of shortsighted or taking a long view, it's seeking representation that matches your beliefs.

    Whether the DCCC or others support it, in a representative democracy everyone feels the need to be represented by someone who represents their views.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:33:51 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, but boyda was part of a majority (1+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf

      ECB wouldn't be. We can't get a majority before 2014.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:39:21 PM PDT

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