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  •  I started my own alternative campaign (8+ / 0-)

    yesterday. Dropping conventional wisdom on regional balance.

    Whitehouse - Gillibrand '16   Gillibrand - TBD hispanic '24

    I am to the point of agreeing that we need to start talking support for more liberal candidates. Depending on how '14 goes. If the GOP keep the house and get closer or take the senate, I suspect by '16 the voters may be really peeved with the GOP.

    If the Dems get the house back, add to the senate and don't reinstate the filibuster (assumption there) the improvement in functioning government would likely help keep the WH and congress in '16. Yes, the '24 VP idea is wishful thinking (Texas mayor from DNC?) which my father maintains is an oxymoron. It gives me a smile, which produces serotonin in my brain. ;)

    Of course, the 1% will mount a vicious campaign. One of the things in Sheldon's favor - he has few scary factors, other than liberal. Sheldon as Senate majority leader would not only be great by itself, it would give him more press, name recognition, etc. Do we start a campaign for that - tomorrow ? : )  (We might at least make Harry do some rethinking and prioritizing.)

    Excellent diary, Mark. As always.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:11:48 PM PDT

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    •  Ginny, I'm starting to consider that it's going to (5+ / 0-)

      take an old fashioned populist to win the presidency in '16. And I stress "old fashioned" because I don't see either a neocon of neoliberal making the grade. (and that includes Hillary; she's going to sustain damage from these scandals. How much, I don't know yet)

      Now, in the end, whether that populist will rise from the left or the right is unclear. It's too soon to tell. But all this mistrust and existential fear currently manifesting in regards to government is coming to a head. And once it gets a foothold it'll spread like wildfire.

      Cruz and Paul scare the living crap out of me. I think we need a populist on the left to present an alternative to their craziness. A liberal candidate that speaks to reforming the government to adhere more to the Constitution, work for single-payer, and end prohibition. (just to name a few)

      I think Whitehouse has the potential to be that liberal populist. He already talks much about all those issues in everyday speeches on the Senate floor and beyond. Put him in a leadership position and I think he could go far in reassuring the public, and gain popularity at the same time.

      We already know America is a left-leaning country. Not right-leaning. Not center right. Nor center left. Our policies are extremely popular when polled.

      We just need a [constitutionally-friendly] liberal to deliver them in a confident but reassuring way.

      Just my 2 cents.

      "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

      by markthshark on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:21:29 PM PDT

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      •  We absolutely need a populist. (0+ / 0-)

        The mistrust regarding the government is extremely well-justified, what with the imprisonment without trial, the assassinations by drone, the NSA spying on everyone, etc.

        It would be really awful if that got seized on by either a complete fraud (a Scott Walker-style Republican like Cruz) or a goldbug who would wreck the economy, like Ron & Rand Paul.

        We need someone who can honestly advocate for staying out of people's personal lives, ending the mass imprisonment and spying and similar abuses,... AND jobs and food for everyone.

        Unfortunately, Whitehouse doesn't seem to me to qualify.  He voted for imprisonment without trial, so unless he can prove that he's had a "come to Jesus" moment on that stuff...

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