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  •  Problem is, how to do it with the drag at the top? (0+ / 0-)

    This is not an easy electoral problem.  When the perceived "head of the party" is doing really horrible things (like systematically violating the 4th amendment, or assassinating American citizens, or whatever), how do you get people to vote for Democrats downticket?

    I will, of course.  But just look at the number of people in this thread who said "Because of Obama I'm not voting for any Democrats".  It doesn't make sense, but so many people can't think clearly enough to do more than vote a party line, so if they have figured out that one party member is awful, they won't vote for any others.

    (As an aside, this behavior by voters is why I think we should just vote for party lists, in a proportional-representation system.  If people are thinking party-line anyway, let them actually vote party-line, and allow for a lot more parties -- proportional representation allows for more than two major parties.)

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