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  •  I don't like the "framing" of your argument (2+ / 0-)
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    congenitalefty, lotlizard

    As someone old enough to remember, once upon a time, progressives were the mainstream.  It has been the "loyalists" (the DLC, Blue Dogs, New Dems, DCCC) who have moved the party rightward to the position of being the "lesser evil."

    I really don't have a problem with being a "Big Tent" political party.  I am willing to compromise, but only some of the time.  I have too often seen the DCCC provide no support for progressive candidates, but will throw wads of cash at unelectable candidates.  I have seen them place corporate Dems in very progressive districts.

    Let's take a look at the executive branch.  The nominees since 1976 are Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Mike Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama.  Every one of them has ran as a candidate repudiating the New Deal and Great Society.  Even those who campaigned on a semi-populist message like Bill Clinton's "Putting People First," or Barack "Hope and Change" Obama have, once in office, governed like neoliberals and put Wall St. ahead of Main Street.

    Instead of engaging in false equivalency, the so called "loyalists" need to learn to compromise with the "democratic wing of the Democratic party" for a change.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:15:35 AM PDT

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