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  •  what it tells me, is that the way to get the (6+ / 0-)

    government we want is to primary every damned corporadem who serves a district that goes more than about 56 or 57% dem for the president.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sun May 12, 2013 at 08:09:59 AM PDT

    •  Democrats are too diverse for this to work (12+ / 0-)

      I voted for Matt Heinz, a progressive, who primaried Ron Barber, a conserva-dem here in Arizona's district 2. Barber won handily and I in turn voted for him because the alternative, Martha McSally,a tea-party Republican was execrable. I really dislike Barber's political positions. He often votes with the Repubs on lesser issues, but would never vote to repeal the ACA. I'd vote for him again, because Republican candidates in this part of the world are usually as crazy as shit-house rats.

      The Democratic party is just not as extreme as the Republicans for targeted primaries to work except perhaps in a few "indigo blue" or ultraviolet districts who would probably already have progressives in office anyway. You pick your battles. I really wish we were in Raul Grijalva's District.

      Oh, and I still think that Mark Sanford is suffering from "degenerative dick disease."

      •  Huh? (5+ / 0-)

        Your anecdote isn't a counterargument to my statement. You did exactly what I'm advocating. Sure, you lost the primary -- but you aren't going to win them all, and you aren't going to a lot of them until and unless the effort reaches movement scale. Until then, the corporadems just ride their party-hack insider status straight into safe seats.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Sun May 12, 2013 at 08:50:50 AM PDT

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