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  •  Actually, we are winning the messaging war (5+ / 0-)

    where it counts: with young people. Or I should say the Republicans are losing this war big time, worse every day. They lose old Angry White Guys to death by the millions, and cannot make it up among their own children.

    We are also winning among all of those whom Republicans consider the enemy: Blacks and other minorities, women, immigrants, LGBTs, the poor, the middle class, the young, the old, and increasingly each other. We consistently outvote them, but we have been subjected to the Senate filibuster, House gerrymanders, and a conservative Supreme Court. It takes time to shift the balance.

    We are halfway through breaking the filibuster and other obstructionism in the Senate. The Senate will take up the nuclear option on filibustering bills in January, and any obstruction of judicial nominations in the Judiciary Committee.

    When we breach any gerrymander with overwhelming numbers and redistrict, we will take away a temporary Republican advantage and replace it with a long-term Democratic advantage. We only need to capture a few states, notably Texas and Ohio, in order to reach parity in House races nationwide, and then start moving ahead.

    Then when we have both the House and the Senate, and obstructionism can no longer obstruct, we can put through a new Voting Rights Act with preclearance, and guarantees for early voting, and free, automatic ID for registered voters, and most of all, non-partisan redistricting everywhere.

    After that, we wait for the chance to replace a SCOTUS conservative, and take up the Congressional Progressive Caucus platform in its entirety.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 10:17:17 AM PST

    •  yes we are winning where it counts but I believe (1+ / 0-)
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      we can create a groundswell if we can the truth out that we are the protectors of the middle class. The public does not believe that.

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      by Jlukes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 10:33:05 AM PST

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      •  There is a reason they do not believe that (6+ / 0-)

        Democrats have had a hand in destroying the middle class, too. It wasn't all the doing of republicans.

        The fact is that until we have better Democrats, we're not going to have a decent message. Blue Dog Democrats and their enablers did just as much to harm us as republicans did.

        There are very few protectors of the middle class in our government. The fact that the few are Democrats doesn't mean that Democrats aren't just as complicit in the destruction that the middle class has fallen victim to.

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 10:39:32 AM PST

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        •  You are correct but which side are on? (0+ / 0-)

          If you are part of the Democratic wing of the Democratic party your only choice is to stand up for those values. One can always find shit that wrong. One has to deal with reality. It is what it is. No amount of complaining will do any good. Deal with it and fight for your values. Fuck em.

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          by Jlukes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 10:44:44 AM PST

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      •  We are doing that, too (1+ / 0-)
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        Let long-time Republican strategist and neo-Con extraordinaire Bill Kristol tell you how bad it is going to be.

        The sum of all GOP fears

           Passage of the...health care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent...the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.

            But the...proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party...It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.

        [emphasis added]

        The Clinton Health Care Plan. HillaryCare. In 1993. And she looks like she's coming back to finish the job.

        Republicans have had four years to paint a picture of ObamaCare as the end of civilization as we know it, an economic disaster, a train wreck, Nazi Death Panels, Obama's Waterloo…with minimal pushback from most Democrats and from Obama himself. That is all changing now.

        Republicans forget that there was another army at Waterloo, under Wellington, and that Waterloo was his Waterloo, too. Many of them have not noticed that it is their train which is off the rails and heading for the cliff. If civilization as we know it is the domination of the 1%, the racists, the bigots, the misogynists, and all the rest of the haters, if that is civilization, then yes, that civilization is fast coming to an end, and the Year of Jubilee is fast approaching. It approaches again, as it has come before, as the Bible tells us that it is our duty to make the Year of Jubilee recur whenever oppression has continued too long. We have done so before in the American Revolution, and in the Civil War, and in the end of Empire, and in the Civil Rights Movement, and in the end of Apartheid, and in a hundred, a thousand other shared advances, with many more still to come. It may be even that we are coming to that glorious day when our children shall learn war no more.

        (Ahem. The thought of MLK and Mandela got hold of me there.)

        As Animal Nuz here on dKos reported yesterday, more than 5 million Americans now have health care under ObamaCare who would not have without it. That includes children of the insured up to age 26; new Medicaid enrollees; and people who have signed up for new policies on the Exchanges that will go into effect on Jan. 1, and who mostly have made their first payment and gotten their insurance cards.

        Animal Nuz #178

        Animal Nuz is both proud and puzzled to be the first to report on a major milestone for the Affordable Care Act.
        More in brainwrap's Diary series and his online spreadsheet of signup data.

        UPDATE x2: ACA: 680K Private, 2.5M Total & Rising FAST!

        Those numbers do not include young people on their parents' insurance.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 02:38:50 PM PST

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        •  You make me feel better. Sometimes (0+ / 0-)

          when I look at the meanness and blind stupidity around us I lose hope. One forgets there are good things happening and many good people in this world.

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          by Jlukes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 03:58:56 PM PST

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