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  •  of course its up to oklahomans (3+ / 0-)
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    to field candidates. But the stories we tell effect what we and others believe is possible. If we paint it as a lost cause, a candidate has to spend energy battling that stereotype before she can even begin.

    Imagine you are thinking of running in Oklahoma, watch the maddow video, and feel yourself melt into the floor in despair.

    I just think it's important to remember that it matters what we say and how we say it. We can't run candidates for them, but we can stop making it harder instead of easier.

    •  Not fielding candidates is (8+ / 0-)

      so disheartening. I'm still in oklahoma and just watched ultra tea part rep bridenstein win reflection without a single challenger. Luckily he isn't my rep, but it makes me sick to look a the number of races decided in the republican primary. Something like half the state offices up for reelection  have no democratic candidate running. Granted the environment here is tough for a progressive candidate and democrat has become almost a bad word but goddamnit I'm not leaving. I vote straight ticket democratic every time I vote . Try to motivate a democratic base to go to the polls when they know their vote doesn't matter. The least we can do is continue trying to help people understand that a GOP vote is a vote against their own interest. My motivation to go to the polls is to let the rethugs that have hijacked MY state know that were still here and there is 400,000+ of us that still vote and won't stop.

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