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  •  then you miss my point (none)
    You can't fight without numbers, when the margins are so slim.  

    It's all about majority control.

    •  summertime soldiers, fareweather friends, (none)
      It's when the margins are slim that we need them to fight harder, not softer.

      I can't wait til they start making us wear armbands.

      by DawnG on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:41:39 AM PST

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      •  how? (none)
        Thirty votes doesn't get you a filibuster no matter how hard those thirty "really, really mean it".

        And you're asking them to fight other Dems, not Republicans.

        •  I'm not just talking about the alito confirmation. (none)
          I'm talking about in general.  Why aren't we making more noise about investigating the wiretaps?  Why aren't we commanding the debate on finance reform?  We're in a great position to call the republicans on their half hearted measures, why aren't we?

          I can't wait til they start making us wear armbands.

          by DawnG on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:07:02 AM PST

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          •  There's been an awful lot of noise (none)
            There is going to be an investigation into wiretapping, and Democratic noise on it delayed passage of the Patriot Act.

            The quest for finance reform HAS been led by Democrats, but frankly, considering people were breaking existing law as is, tightening the law is not a proper solution to Abramoff. It's a good idea and overdue, but not exactly what the issue involved is.

            This is what I'm talking about. When you are a minority, the best you can get is background noise sometimes. And what constitutes success has to be viewed through a different lens. Otherwise, you're looking through a Republican lens set to see only failures where there are successes.

            "If Kaine...can win by 6 points, then it's safe to say this is no longer a red state. Virginia is now a purple state" - Chuck Todd

            by VirginiaBelle on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:38:31 AM PST

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      •  No (none)
        We don't need to fight harder; we need to fight smarter.  We need to know in the current environment, which battles we can win, which battles are worth fighting for and to what level even if we can't win, etc.

        More important, we need to create that narrative of "what it means to be a Democrat," and on judicial nominations, "what are our party's standards, and why is this important?"  I don't think the Democrats have articulated that rhetorical case very well -- certainly not on judicial nominations.

        Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law, unmoved by "natural sympathy." - Justice Blackmun, dissenting, DeShaney v. Winnebago County

        by jim bow on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:10:21 AM PST

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        •  agreed... (none)
          ...but that might require smarter fighters.

          I'm still in awe with Reid's "closed session" tactic but we need more of that clever parlimentary maneuvering.  

          I can't wait til they start making us wear armbands.

          by DawnG on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:25:38 AM PST

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          •  My suggestion (none)
            Go to the Senate Rules Committee website, and read the Senate rules.  Go to each committee website, and read the committee's rules.  Then devise a strategy, and call your Senator on that strategy.  That's the best you can do.

            Also, don't forget to work on some Democratic campaigns this fall.  We need every Democratic seat we can get as you well know.

            Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law, unmoved by "natural sympathy." - Justice Blackmun, dissenting, DeShaney v. Winnebago County

            by jim bow on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:44:16 AM PST

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    •  But, Adam! (4.00)
      If no one is perfect, then why vote at all? </snark>

      Seriously, folks:  If you won't work for a viable political party (and the three-percenters in the Greens have far less a chance than the Democrats of winning over the male and the rural/exurb vote), then at least work for either REAL campaigan finance reform (via Public Campaign, which is moving through the states one by one with growing success), and/or work to end the corporate/GOP stranglehold on the US media.

      Otherwise, you're just spinning your wheels while looking "cool".

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