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  •  "Women drivers, rain and Obama care" (3+ / 0-)
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    Inland Jim, Aunt Pat, Larsstephens

    ..coming from McCrory reported by Blue in NC (though it's a toss-up what's more stupid - automated emergency messages - for an unknowable situation -  or the message itself) or this from RWNJ Rob Maness, the teabagger Mary Landrieu may face.

    With a new crop teaparty wackos replacing the Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Chistine O'Donnell, Sharon Angles etc. Dems have a chance to leave all the responding to these nut jobs to the republican establishment. (Like Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell)

    Iow's put out a platform based on issues having nothing to do with the false naratives coming from teabagger think tanks (Heritage, Cato. ALEC). Do not engage the right. Ignore.

    I was hearing a debate recently talking about republican establishment -> Lindsey Grahams' new legislative ideas, in an attempt to fend off a teabag primary. A 20 week restriction on abortions based on fake science. Let Lindsey have it all to himself. The mistake was that the Dems were calling out the junk science. Engaging in the conversation. Taking the allegations seriously enough to talk about it.

    My advice, and what these teabaggers expose is the perfect opportunity to Laugh them off.

    When republicans are making shit up, Dems should respond:

     "Ask the other republican contender. It's their myth that they are fighting about"

    Manchin Landrieu and other Dems are free to just briefly point out these idiotic memes and immediately move on. Issues like power grabs in Michigan or the latest that I'll bet (hope ) we hear more of is what's happening in at the municipal level: Pasadena Texas; called At-Large-district Plans. Eliminating Dems/Hispanics districts

    Texas Suburb Takes Up Elections Change Likely To Undercut Minority Candidates - By Marina Fang, Guest Blogger on August 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Pasadena, Texas Mayor Johnny Isbell’s proposal would change two of the town’s single-member districts into at-large districts. While voters in single-member districts simply vote for a candidate to directly represent their district, at-large districts involve voters electing multiple candidates to represent a much larger district. This prevents strong minority coalitions from forming and rallying around a minority candidate. A similar measure in Farmers Branch, Texas, was invalidated as a violation of the VRA earlier this month.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginberg nailed this in her dissent of the gutting of the VRA; "History repeats itself":
    Ginsburg also noted that in the lawsuit known as Dillard v. Crenshaw County, the "litigation ultimately expanded to include 183 cities, counties, and school boards employing discriminatory at-large election systems."

    "One of those defendants was Shelby County, which eventually signed a consent decree to resolve the claims against it," she wrote.

    Dems in challenging states/races have a really good  opportunity to bring up a whole lot of issues completely independant of the MSM narratives it they want to - imo

    Like: republicans governors/legislatures forcing taxpayers to pay extra for refusing Medicaid expansion and holding up expansion of health care exchanges etc.

    Yeah some good old fashioned disobedience our Dem lawmakers could learn from the people they are paid to represent.

    Thx MB for this weeks round-up

    P.S. I know this is like a broken record and way too long winded, but I'm hoping to see Dems: refusing to accept the so called arguments/ fake challege narratives from the right as the manipulation that they are.


    •  Yes, we need to stop talking in Republican frames (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      especially "cutting spending" rather than "cutting investments in our future". Repurposing and subverting their language and other memes is not that hard.

      • Obamacare = "Obama cares"
      • Pro-Life = pro-children (ACA, WIC, SNAP, pre-school, etc.)
      • Protecting marriage = From them
      • Gun rights = the right not to be shot
      • One dollar, one vote ('nuff said)
      • Jobs = good union jobs, not jobs for Right wing politicians and other demagogues

      I have heard various people on our side use each of these points, but we don't get together and use all of them at the same time, the way Frank Luntz taught Republicans to do his focus-group-tested Orwellian Newspeak vocabulary.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 03:08:10 PM PST

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