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  •  Whomever stated... (20+ / 0-)

    ..."Money is the root of all evil" was clearly talking about the current state of this country's two-party system (even though they didn't know it at the time).

    But, now that you're in Washington, KNOW THIS THERE: In D.C., there is no red, there is no blue, there's only green.

    And, even you acknowledge the critical nature of money in politics in this post.

    Until that's addressed, almost everything else (other than having the aforementioned pantload of bucks) is a waste of time...except if one has real political (or related) skillz...and it sounds like you're learning 'em. At that point, all I can say--and I know this firsthand and could cite hundreds if not thousands of examples why that's so--you'd be surprised what one person can accomplish, politically, even in this brutally oppressive climate.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:20:04 AM PDT

    •  Except the US Sct has declared the law of the (9+ / 0-)

      land.  You can dream of changing the Constitution, but it is really a paradigm shift that needs to be effected--not a law that has to be changed.  

      All I can keep saying is look around.  Protest works--better than elections and better than revolutions too.  What is needed is to unify the protests around a single theme: anti-neo-liberalism and policies to replace it.

      "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

      by Publius2008 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:29:06 AM PDT

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      •  I'm all for building a movement to (10+ / 0-)

        generate opposition to neoliberalism and its policy prescriptions, but, if the leaders of this movement are simultaneously messaging their commitment to the lesser-of-two-evils electoral strategy, the targets of the movement have no reason to take it seriously.

        In response to a diarist yesterday who posited that the way to move the party leftward was to vote for progressive challengers in primary contests, i responded...

        Sure, ideally you move the party to the left by voting for the more progressive candidate in the primary.

        But, the game is rigged. Entrenched faux-Dem incumbents have a lock on the support of the party establishment and the funding resources available from those corporations most vested in maintaining the status quo.

        In this environment, potential progressive candidates dare not risk bankruptcy and political suicide by tilting at right-leaning wind mills (unless their sole motivation is to run a vanity campaign just to make a "statement").

        There are two tools for moving the party leftward: The first is the obvious one, which you've so ably articulated.

        The second is to identify select conservadems in blue districts/states and, early on, beat the virtual shit out of them. Broadly publicize the votes they've taken, and the policies they've supported, that are antithetical to the economic populism that is demonstrably popular with our base voters.

        Build a movement, well before primary filing deadlines, to threaten these targeted conservadems' reelection. Create the void for other, more progressive candidates to fill. In our current, money-corrupted system, no underfunded, little known challengers are going to step forward, unless they smell blood in the water. It's up to us, who are serious about moving the party leftward, to sprinkle that blood.

        If we don't develop the smarts and the courage to employ, as appropriate, both of these tools, might as well keep bringing fresh sheets and towels to the guest room - Mr. Overton ain't going anywhere.

        Judging by the direction Daily Kos has been moving these past five years, I sincerely doubt many of us here have any concept of what accountability even means. We all pay lip service to our commitment to hold our elected officials accountable for their neo-liberal, anti-populist behavior, but hasten to assure even the worst offenders they'll have our votes regardless, because Republicans.

        What seemingly few of my Democratic brethren understand is that a dollar bill can't literally walk into the voting booth and pull the lever. Your only tool for exacting accountability is the casting, or withholding, of your vote. Don't be an enabler.

        by WisePiper on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:21:00 PM PDT

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        •  To be real frank about this, what's happening... (7+ / 0-)

          ...at Daily Kos now, is so trite, it's not even worth discussing since it'd be stating the obvious. (Unless of course, we want to revisit the classic storyline of the outsider becoming the insider; i.e.: "crashing the gates" versus polishing 'em.)

          "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

          by bobswern on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:29:33 PM PDT

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          •  I hear ya. (2+ / 0-)
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            It's just, to me, so frustrating and pathetic. Markos built this amazing infrastructure, with so much potential for organizing in support of real change. And it's morphed into a cheer camp for anyone and everyone donning a blue jersey.

            What seemingly few of my Democratic brethren understand is that a dollar bill can't literally walk into the voting booth and pull the lever. Your only tool for exacting accountability is the casting, or withholding, of your vote. Don't be an enabler.

            by WisePiper on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:36:37 PM PDT

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    •  All of the above being said, I will once again... (16+ / 0-)

      ...paraphrase Barney Frank, in the late Spring of 2010...

      "'Things could be worse,' is not a winning campaign slogan."

      (And, we all know what happened to Democrats in 2010, as even the author of this post has reminded us.)

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:29:09 AM PDT

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      •  Sure it is. (1+ / 0-)
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        It has the added punch of being true.  In addition, Barney Frank, that consummate wheeler dealer, would have nothing but contempt for people who withdraw from the political fight because they can't get everything they want first time of asking, or 15th for that matter.

        •  Who said anything about withdrawing from a... (5+ / 0-)

          ...political fight? Your glaringly incorrect assumptions--certainly with regard to whom you're addressing--are duly noted.

          (For the record, whatever you think you're saying here, in the last sentence of your comment, it has nothing to do with the conversation, other than insisting upon re-using a failed meme, which would align with the definition, by some, of insanity: "Repeating the same actions and expecting a different result." By the way, it's also pretty lameass messaging, speaking from a professional vantage point.)

          Barney Frank was right. You're not only wrong, your obvious assumptions have no bearing in reality.

          "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

          by bobswern on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:25:22 PM PDT

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