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  •  An comprehensive campaign -- right now! (40+ / 0-)

    The current ad campaign against vulnerable Republicans is a good start -- but in my opinion it needs to be far more comprehensive.

    Such ads should be run against every single Republican Congressman and Senator, holding them personally responsible for partaking in the Republican hostage-taking.

    This will be remembered in 2014, but the Democratic party needs to underscore the fault and place the blame far more vigorously.

    A strong Democratic campaign fund to retake the House in 2014, and to defeat as many Republican Senators as possible, should be launched immediately.

    If we do that now, I believe we will see far more Republican candidates becoming vulnerable in 2014. Moreover, Republican donors (an endangered species), will be forced to use valuable resources to defend "safe" Republican seats.

    Moreover, in the meantime, pressure on national Republican politicians should make it easier to pass other sensible legislation. And how about forcing a stop to the Senate Republicans’ obstruction against the President’s judicial appointments?

    In addition, there needs to be a strong focus on the state level. Making inroads in state-level representation is crucial in order to roll back the GOP’s ongoing attempts at voter suppression. The Republican brand is so badly damaged that a well-coordinated campaign is sure to yield valuable results.

    The time to act is now!

      •  #NowIsTheTime (3+ / 0-)
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        seems to apply to an awful lot lately, right?

        #UnitedWeStandStronger is the path to taking care of those things.

        Link up with like-minded folks in your State to work on the national issues from a local perspective with @UniteBlue on Twitter (www.unitedblue.org), just send a Tweet out asking to join:

        I want to join @UniteBlue #UniteBlue

        The #UniteBlue motto is: #StrongerTogether

        A motto I think all kossacks will find appealing.


        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

        by Angie in WA State on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:42:57 PM PDT

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    •  Who's in charge of the DCCC right now? (9+ / 0-)

      Gotta contact him and lay it out!  Finally put some of our donations to good use, getting rid of some Republicans and electing more and better democrats, instead of just re electing blue dogs!

    •  We do need a comprehensive campaign (26+ / 0-)

      It should be multifaceted and designed to dismantle any reason to support Republicans for any office.

      For example, it should:
      1. Demonstrate that there is no evidence that republican economic theory works (trickle down). Income inequality has greatly increased under the trickle down theory. Let them know this affects them directly.  They would have more money/services under democrats. Current deficit spending model is a Reagan idea.
      2. That in recent history, deficits go up when republicans are in charge and go down when democrats are in charge. Republicans are not the financially responsible party.
      3. Republicans are tools of the 1%. They are concerned about the welfare of the 1%, and not about you.
      4. Republicans try to keep people from exercising their right to vote.
      5. Republicans are anti-education.  They want to raise the interest rates on student loans.
      Etc. etc.

      Then portray the democrats as the rational alternative. Use techniques of persuasion. Don't tell them the answer, let them come to the answer themselves.

      •  Add anti-science and murderers of the (13+ / 0-)

        environment.

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:17:29 AM PDT

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      •  This is what I'm afraid of . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        that progressives will overplay their hand.  If you fault the Tea Party in too shrill a voice, it will cause their voters to feel like they need to get out and protect their "way of life" from the "damned socialist elites."  Progressives need to stay focussed and on message: Focussed on helping the people of the country through the inevitable pain that will result from the last few years of the Republican refusal to live up to their fiduciary duty to the public; and on message, saying that we want America to work for ALL Americans, not just for the rich and powerful, but also not just for the constituencies more likely to vote with us.  We know that we can't change things and leave everybody exactly in the position they are now, but we don't have to gloat over the fact that some will be less well off than they are now.  We don't explicitly want that. It is an unfortunate consequence of reducing the evil in the system.

        Convincing people that they should be ashamed of what they've done won't make them want to join us.  It will have them hoping that we are wrong and working to prove it.  Discussing "fairness" is a minefield, because they will focus on what they fear could be taken from then, rather than what has already been deinied to others.  If we go too fast and they become aware of the choice of virtues we are leading them to recognize (self-sufficiency v. charity), they are more likely to try to protect their egos by justifying their past decisions.  

        We need to lead by example.  We need to project a respect for the Constitution by being able to quote chapter and verse from it when we make our arguments.  The fundamenalist background of the evangelicals gives them an advantage here.  They've spent their lives memorizing and regurgitating scripture. But progressives need to catch up, because no amount of logic is going to persuade them to do the right thing.  I have seen, though, that they can be thrown off their game if they come up against someone who uses their same strategy.  They have to either respect an opinion framed that way or disavow the foundation that they have claimed is sacred to them.  You don't need to defeat a conservative's world view all at once, and you don't need them to capitulate to you in an argument.  You just need to sow a seed of doubt about their own infalibility.

        It will be difficult, and conservatives won't let up on thier rhetoric, but that's okay.  It's been hard for me to maintain my composure on more than a few occassions in the discussions that happen living in the South and Midwest.  

        The most important thing for us to do is to make sure that the people in the middle see us as reasonable.  We've been suffering from false equivalencies between our positions and theirs' in the nightly news, even on NPR.  It boosts ratings because people like to watch the carnage that comes when foes are well-balanced against each other.  The Republicans will try to dehumanize us to their followers and ginny up support by convincing them that we are monomaniacal agents of an anti-American agenda.  If voters see pinched progressive faces screaming into cameras, they'll believe it.  If we can remain calm but resolute, we can make inroads with those Republicans who, even now, are trying to keep the Tea Party-types at arms length.

        No amount of momentary vengeance in the form of a snide quip will provide comfort if the cumulative effect of such responses keeps us from getting the support we need to return the country to a stable path.  The golden rule is a part of most religions.  

        Be forgiving of conservatives for holding their views.  They are doing the best they can with the way the world was explained to them.  They aren't trying to be evil.  They've grown up being told that everybody not like them was attacking them, and that the highest virtue was protecting their children from those attacks.

        If we can remain reasonable, we will either soften their rhetoric, or  will make the contrast between the sides more obvious to those who are wavering in the middle.

        •  Not necessarily (0+ / 0-)
          If you fault the Tea Party in too shrill a voice, it will cause their voters to feel like they need to get out and protect their "way of life" from the "damned socialist elites."
          Once it becomes personal (again I point to the cattle ranchers in SD) they're looking for someone to blame -- and it's useful to point out that their lives and their livelihoods are being damaged or even destroyed by irresponsible actions of people that told them they were their champions.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:40:55 AM PDT

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    •  yes but Democrats need to offer more (14+ / 0-)

      than not being the crazy party.

      Yes,  the campaign starts tomorrow,  and it needs to present a clear and explicit package of bills Dems pledge to get passed if given the majority that give immediate relief to the working and middle classes and that give a job, a REAL job,  to anyone who wants to work.

      Just infrastructure repair and upgrades alone are millions of jobs over the next decade.  Stick with bread and butter issues that help ALL Americans who work for a living, issues that unite people and not divide them further.

      Give voters something to vote FOR, with enthusiasm.  Give them a vision of the future of the US that gives them hope.

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:20:53 AM PDT

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      •  Frankly - not being (6+ / 0-)

        The Bat Shit Crazy party should - when you think about it - be enough!

        •  Enough perhpas to win, but not (0+ / 0-)

          enough to govern effectively.  For example, the GOP is all about repealing the ACA, but so far they haven't come up with a single credible alternative plan (which is more difficult for them since they devised the ACA in the first place).  You can win elections by not being the other guy, but you can't do what government is supposed to do if you don't give them something better -- and the pendulum will simply swing back again.  If we want real and lasting change, there has to be some substance behind the campaign claims.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:43:59 AM PDT

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      •  Infrastructure -- with good cost/benefit analysis (5+ / 0-)

        A three-fold case needs to be made for infrastructure development, with clear case-by-case examples per state:

        1) These infrastructure projects make good economic sense. For example, the USA is losing vast amounts of money because our ports are grossly inefficient. At the outset, I believe only those projects that have a clearly positive cost/benefit analysis should be prioritized. (That should enable unity across the political spectrum. Correction...rational political spectrum.)

        2) Job creation. A billion dollars spent on infrastructure creates far more jobs than, say, a billion dollars of military spending. (Speaking of which, the government needs far better negotiators and bidding systems for defence contracts, but that’s another story.)

        3) More bang for the buck. Because of low activity in many sectors, there will be stronger competition for infrastructure contracts. If bidding and negotiations are handled correctly, then more projects can be completed at a lower price than usual -- without compromising quality.

    •  My ONLY problem with the basic campaign (5+ / 0-)

      is the tag "radical Republicans," since that once-proud term belongs the post-Civil War, Reconstructionist Republicans who held very high-minded and principled ideas.  I'd rather leave history alone, and move on to a new term that we can tag (or tar) these A-holes with.

      How about Republican FANATICS, tying them more to the Religioustani factions at home and abroad among the crazies of Christian and Muslim fundamentalists?  I'd much rather say "We must fight fanaticism!" than "we must radicalism!"

      The Fanatic Right; fanatical positions; fanatical tactis... sounds right to me.

      PS- my analogy for the debt ceiling craziness:

      The solution to overspending is to stop paying your debts, just as the solution to overeating is to stop exercising...

      If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

      by WestCider on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:40:33 AM PDT

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