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  •  Who says WE elect people to high offices? (7+ / 0-)

    We certainly go through the formalities of voting, but the real choices are made for us long before we enter the booth.  In general elections, we can vote for the timid neoliberal party, or we can vote for the aggressive nihilist party.

    In 2008, we could choose between the senator who grew up in Chicago's burbs and spent her adulthood elsewhere and the senator who grew up elsewhere and spent his adulthood in Chicago.  We had a Third Way avowed hawk who voted for the IWR and who probably would've bombed Iran, and we had a Third Way relative dove (in the current context) who opposed the IWR and who avoided bombing Iran.  We had Yale law v. Harvard law.    Once elected, the latter candidate used the WH of the former candidate's husband as a hiring hall and pursued policies generally similar to those pursued by said husband.

    Looking ahead to 2016, we're already being told that we're supposed to line up behind the former candidate this time.  There was no progressive candidate w/ a serious chance in 2008, and there likely won't be one in 2016.  The House was sufficiently gerrymandered after 2010 that it will likely remain in GOP hands the rest of this decade.

    Issues like civil liberties, executive overreach, drone strikes, minimum wage, the right to organize, the bloated budget of the Pentagon, and a health care system that wastes .20-.25 of every $ on carriers who provide NO added value really are not on the agenda now.  They will not be on the agenda in the 2014 campaign, and I doubt they'll seriously be on it in 2016.

    It's Chinatown, Jake.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:13:05 AM PST

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    •  Enough of this (0+ / 0-)
      there likely won't be one in 2016
      Please understand that I agree with everything else you said. But if this is how people ALREADY feel, then it is past time for some team effort.

      Perhaps we could gear up with a blogathon on potential primary candidates--and enumerate the actions needed to get them on the ballots?

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 01:05:32 PM PST

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