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  •  I think the candidate questionnaire was developed (11+ / 0-)

    To prevent disappointments. And I believe it has been very successful in doing so. Haven't really heard any complaints about our winning candidates in 2010-2013, which has been the time I have worked at Daily Kos.

    Check out our recent list of candidates for yourself. I think you will agree there has been very little to complain about:

    Orange to Blue 2010

    Orange to Blue 2012

    •  Sorry - I didn't mean to sound like I (6+ / 0-)

      was complaining about past performance.  Picking good politicians is never easy - they are a breed that is prone to pandering and even very sophisticated political watchers get hoodwinked from time to time.  

      I asked only because I was just interested in how people have grown and learned through the process of the site's evolution - and what the site had adopted as a protocol as a result.  That's all.

      Thanks for responding.

    •  the emphasis has changed (9+ / 0-)

      From "more and better Democrats" to "better Democrats".

      There will still be the occasional Larry Kissell or Eric Massa (though hopefully not his kind of flameout), but the vetting process has been tightened and improved.

      Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

      by N in Seattle on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:13:26 PM PDT

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      •  I remember Kissell quite well and Massa, too. (3+ / 0-)
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        They are both excellent examples of pols who would have cheated any filter system.  Kissell spent a lot of time here knowing full well how liberal this site was at that time - it is less liberal now, I think - and he pandered beyond one's wildest dreams to this audience.  He was a scammer.  As for Massa - not sure what aside from a mental health evaluation that most pols wouldn't pass because it takes a certain kind of nut to run for office anyway - not sure he could have been vetted better.  Also, both were unknowns.

        I think of people like Senator Tester more when I ask my question because he was a known quantity to a degree and he received pretty enthusiastic and serious support from this site and the site's founder.

        Anyway, pols are pols and there is always a leap of faith required to even think about backing anyone who would enter the national political arena, but we all do learn along the way to see signs early, I hope.  I remember knowing certain things about Bill Clinton before he was even a real contender in the race that bothered me, but that I assumed wouldn't be too big in the grand scheme of things - but they turned out to be really big and provoked much disappointment and reflection on my part.  The lessons of Bill Clinton are why I never got emotionally invested in Obama.

    •  Props for that (1+ / 0-)
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      but there's no way I'm sending a Terry McAuliffe campaign money, per the Apr. 28th email.

      I know, I know, lesser of two evils, and it's off-season, so resource limitations/campaign fatigue aren't factors, but... damnit.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:37:37 PM PDT

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    •  Can we have a link to Candidate Questionnaire? (0+ / 0-)

      To the questionnaire itself, that is.  I'd like to read through the the questions.  And if it is weighted, or info on how a candidates responses are evaluated would also be helpful.  THanks.

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