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  •  Pretzel Logic (3+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, corvo, happymisanthropy

    We all know where the buck is currently stopping.

    •  Battered by Ping-Pong. (2+ / 0-)
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      So long as the parties are able to play us like patsies, we must lose.

      Right now it's ---

      "But those damned fascist racist Republicans are worse."

      or

      "But those damned commie baby-killing Democrats are evil."

      Nobody ever actually has to be good.  They just have to not be the other guy.

      I'm not sure there's a way out of it.  My desperation voting strategy has become:

      1.  Is there somebody running I actually like (sometimes, but usually not).
      2.  Is there somebody running so scary that I'd rather see Satan in the seat?  That's almost never the case, but it can happen.

      If answers to 1 and 2 or no, vote against whoever's in the seat now.  Open seat? Vote against the party currently in the White House or vote with a mind to keeping one party from controlling White House and both Houses of Congress.

      Not especially sophisticated and not especially laudable, but it's easy to apply.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 07:45:41 AM PDT

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      •  Nice Lou Grant quote! (2+ / 0-)
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        Dems are almost always slightly less sucky than Republicans. I will probably keep voting for them. But I do not donate to Democrats anymore. I feel that it is a more effective progressive use of my money to spend a little more buying stuff from local farmers and businesses in order to withhold support from big corporations. That's my activism. I'm done donating and volunteering for Wall Street Democrats like Obama and... well, just about all of them except maybe Alan Grayson.

        •  Glad you like it. We all need to find our coping (0+ / 0-)

          strategies.

          I'm waiting for another year like 1992 when Ross Perot ran.

          After going down to Clinton HQ in Chicago to volunteer for his campaign, I actually ended up putting in a lot of hours for Perot.

          He was a mixed bag in a lot of ways -- but, let's see:

          1. Shrinking the deficit -- at a time when the economy could support it -- that was his biggest issue.
          2. A $.50 per gallon gas tax? He was all over it. At today's prices, that would be more like a dollar, but...funny how Democrats didn't jump all over it.
          3. When Clinton and Gore were talking up NAFTA? Perot accurately and memorably describe the giant sucking sounds as jobs left the country.

          The 19% of the popular vote he won had a lot to do with Bill Clinton's actions after the 1994 midterm setback.

          Or -- for that matter -- the Civil Rights movements courting of Democrats over the years.  A minority of voters capable of tipping the election.

          We don't need somebody to win so much as somebody who can be identified with an important issue that enough people will vote for to constitute an identifiable and winnable block of votes.  Ain't sexy, just old-fashioned coalition-ish politics, but we can't even seem to manage that these days.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:47:39 AM PDT

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