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  •  Rip a page from Paul Wellstone and Bill Proxmire (3+ / 0-)
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    These senators won in spite of the fact they ran shoestring budget campaigns and were outspent by opponents by ratios of 7:1 or more. They ran against the money and were inspiring populists.  Wellstone in particular inspired young people and working class people and had previously worked on union strikes and campaigns. I worked on Wellstone's initial campaign in 1990   and it was truly inspiring.

    •  I think saddling the biggest moneygrubber with (1+ / 0-)
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      corporate sponsorship - perhaps always logo his suit in images - and pushing the idea that the more money they have, the more compromised they are is a big deal for changing our politics.

      Peer pressure is a bitch. These people who pull in millions and hundreds of millions are not working for us. They are working for their sponsors - those people who supplied the millions.

      You can do that getting beat up on donations 7:1, and I'd argue that today you could do that with less.

      It really requires a shift in focus, but once it starts, it's going to leave a huge trust deficit for corporate sponsored pols to overcome, and provides a big fat blinking neon arrow on their corporate sponsored policy offerings, "I'm a tool!".

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:42:48 AM PDT

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    •  It's a bit harder now. (2+ / 0-)
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      Increasing media consolidation.

      Anybody who genuinely wants an electoral solution needs to be working on the issues which make low-budget campaigns unworkable. Also on the institutional structure that determines the Party's choice of candidates and protection of incumbents.

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:48:04 AM PDT

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      •  Door to door retail politics (1+ / 0-)
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        And the liberal use of unorthodox tactics like silent agitators, guerrilla theatre, and jujitsu techniques like using their money against them. Its hard work but a dedicated group can easily work neighborhood by neighborhood to get the word out. Americans distrust of all elite institutions are at all time highs and that even extends to the for profit corporate media.  Messaging in strategic locations (silent agitators) and actually spending face time with people is unexpected and can upend the top down corporate politics.

        •  I agree with you, but I feel strongly (1+ / 0-)
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          that this sort of thing needs a top-to-bottom strategic analysis and a resulting battle plan:  a plan that can include tactics like you describe. A plan that is applicable nationwide, but also bendable and malleable enough that it can be tailored to the locality ("no cookie-cutter campaigns" is one of the most valuable early lessons I learned as a campaign worker).

          It's way beyond time that the left withdrew into itself and had this discussion and formulated a plan. Waiting for the Democratic party to do so has not worked out too well. Running around on defense trying to put out fires hasn't worked too well either.

          Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:12:15 AM PDT

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