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  •  The deciding factor in the old days (6+ / 0-)

    was for the candidate to do his/her job by representing the people of his her state, with an eye on the country just because we live in the USA.

    None of that is true today.  I can name 2 people in the US Senate I would vote for.  One is not a Dem, and the other one is the woman I hope will be POTUS or VP after the 2016 election.

    Why should we donate money and time to elect people who are owned and manipulated by the corporations that own the world?

    I guess you say that while believing that electing any Dem is better than allowing a Republican to be elected with a no-show vote.  Is that right?

    That's what so many of us did every election for the past 15-20 years.  How do you like what they did?  I don't, and I am sorry I didn't do something to help Hillary beat Obama.  But I won't vote for her as a stand alone candidate.  I think there are many people like me who don't care anymore.  Give us a candidate like Elizabeth Warren and I bet we'd come out in droves, but we have to wait for 2016.

    I'll show up to vote for Diana DeGette with enthusiasm.  Michael Bennett and Udall...not.  I will mail in my ballot.  That's all I can commit to.  

    •  ooo now you have to tell us (3+ / 0-)

      who the not a Dem is!

      you can;t drop a bomb like that and then go hide :-D

      oh wait, I just figured out you must be talking about Bernie.  Never mind.

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 11:19:29 AM PST

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    •  Run for office, yourself! :-) Give it a try! (0+ / 0-)

      Even at a local level (city council, park board, whatever). One learns a lot about the electoral process. And it's not so money-driven at the most local levels -- no TV ad buys, etc. You might win! :-) In most competitive races, you'll see that it's hard as heck to win an election, requiring a lot of hard work. Even if you don't win, it's the best education about American democracy. It's not all pretty, in fact it's a messy sausage-factory, not for the squeamish nor ideological puritans. I think you'll have more empathy for politicians, once you try it yourself -- that doesn't mean you'll like the current crop of Senators any better, nor the system, but you'll have a deeper understanding (useful for when you campaign for President Warren, or Senator  DeGette).

      electing [almost] any Dem is better than allowing a Republican to be elected with a no-show vote.
      Yes. While also working to cultivate better Democratic candidates. Starting with the 'farm leagues' at the lowest levels -- like you! :-)
      I am sorry I didn't do something to help Hillary beat Obama. But I won't vote for her as a stand alone candidate.
      I'm not sure of your point, here. I don't think Hillary would have been any more progressive than Obama in 2008-2012, in fact I think she would have given even more support to Wall St banksters and the Fortune 500. (Reminder: she was on the board of f'ing WalMart.) I think she'll be a better President in 2016 than she would have been in 2008. I'm still worried about her DLC/3rdWay leanings, and the corporate elite looking for payback from the Clinton machine. I'll vote for her if she's the Dem nominee, but I'm open to other choices in the primary, including Warren.

      I'm still very glad we did not end up with President McCain (and Vice President Palin), or President Romney.

      I'm glad you'll vote, at least, even if you're cynical about much of the system.

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