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  •  Betty when i actually start (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Betty Pinson

    Agreeing with you that means the situation has gotten really bad. Lol

    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:54:38 AM PDT

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    •  I'm an old hand (2+ / 0-)
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      Maverick80229, Words In Action

      at issues lobbying.  Learned a long time ago that, when the issue is really important, you have to step back from being a loyal partisan and hold everyone publicly accountable. Its the only way.

      If good Dems on The Hill change their stance and take a substantive public stance on the issue, you get to reward them, so its not a loss for partisanship.  But nothing is gained by allowing a Dem to get a pass on important issues.  It hurts good public policy and the Party.  

      One trick is to have good, honest relationships with DC Dems and tell them "I want you to do the right thing, here.  I've done my research on this issue.  Please trust my judgement on this issue and know that I will sing your praises loud and clear if you do the right thing. But if you don't, I have to put good public policy ahead of partisanship."

      The other trick is to keep an open mind about the issues you're willing to fight for.  Don't be afraid to go beyond your pet issues and support others if its for the greater good. Watch for issues/policy that aim for negative, wholesale systems change, undoing the foundations of good government. Do your research.

      That said, having to go against your own partisan loyalties on an issue is always difficult, but sometimes you have to do it.  More and more now in the era of Citizens United.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:20:12 PM PDT

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