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  •  The Dems have been losing for decades now. (2+ / 0-)
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    I keep reading that the Democratic Party needs to return back to some time in the past, but as long as I can remember the party has been in defensive mode against the Republican onslaught. When was the last time the Dems were effectively on the offensive for any length of time?

    I think one can easily make the case that the party is filled with people who have been losing the argument to the Republicans for a long time and yet continue to insist that they have the answers. This is part of the reason why we are stuck arguing about the deficit even though most people polled claim to still want lots of programs.

    There isn't going to be some grand pure party. The 21st Century will be about the Obama coalition and that means a healthy slice of votes from people not well liked here at DK.

    Congress matters and we need to play well in all regions in order to have enough votes in Congress.

    State Legislatures matter and decennial election cycles must be seen as absolutely critical regardless of which party holds the Executive Branch. Local races matter as well as they are the most likely spots to develop future candidates for higher offices.

    Finally, principles  and policies are a must, but alone do not win elections. If people voted as they poll on issues, we would live in a vastly different country and not having this discussion for the umpteenth time.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 04:41:08 PM PDT

    •  The early-mid 1960s. (0+ / 0-)
      When was the last time the Dems were effectively on the offensive for any length of time?
      Since Nixon stripped the Dems of the blue collar vote in 1968, we've/they've been playing a slow game of decline punctuated by quick bursts of decay.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:26:53 AM PDT

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