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  •  Because "Middle Class" Motivates Likely & Plausibl (2+ / 0-)
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    voters, whereas "poor" demotivates many and is neutral on others. The party has not spoken for the poor since the Beatles, that's part of the reason. Not wanting to tamper with that dynamic, in order to attract conservative voters, is more of it.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:27:08 PM PDT

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    •  Doesn't make much sense, does it, Gooserock? (2+ / 0-)
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      Conservatives aren't going to vote for the Democrats anyway! So the party might as well lean liberal. Give people something to vote for rather than against.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:30:39 PM PDT

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    •  NOTHING is going to attract conservative voters. (3+ / 0-)

      The people who are going to vote Republican are going to vote Republican, even if the Democrats run Mitt Romney for President. Get over it. Moving Right isn't going to get their votes.

      The huge, untapped demographic is the people who don't vote. Excite them! Come up with policies so important that they will actually get out and vote for them. And a slogan that captures that intent. Overcome the apathy.

      The low hanging fruit in voter numbers are those who are convinced that their vote doesn't matter, that we are going to get the same corporatist Republicrat government either way. Convince them otherwise. Offer them something new, a party that puts people above profits. The hope and change that Obama promised, that worked so well for him even though it was a lie. But make it real this time.

      •  alas, there is no evidence that the people who (0+ / 0-)

        currently don't vote, would vote any differently than the people who do vote. Polls which include non-voters generally have the same results as polls which do not.

        There is no big mass of Dem voters waiting out there to be tapped if only we could get them to vote. The current non-voters are just as likely to vote against us as they are to vote for us, just like the current voters are.

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 05:05:55 AM PDT

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        •  The point is to selectively motivate them, (1+ / 0-)
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          much as the Republicans do with issues like gay marriage and abortion.

          The potential Democratic voters are part of the demographic that doesn't vote, not part of the demographic that votes Republican.

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