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  •  Two thoughts on your thesis (none)
    1.  We should continue to elect Democrats, but bend them to our will through contributions.  The more contributions designated as comig from liberals, to support candidates willing to suport liberal causes, the more liberal the elected Democrats will be.  Liberals are starting to do this (e.g. the Eschaton, dKos and other online campaign contribution drives), but only when candidates start seeing liberals as a viable power base (that is, a source of campaign funds) will they start loudly espousing liberal agendas.  Much of Democrats' funding now is, I believe, better characterized as centrist or rightist, which has moved Democrats rightward.

    2.  I think a very good way of pushing for change in the system would be to push for instant-runoff elections (IREs).  With IREs, voters could vote for a wanted candidate, and a fallback candidate.  This would greatly ease the rise of new political parties.  The push for such a system would have to be very strong, however, since the system would threaten both existing Democratic and Republican power structures.  But since IREs promote choice and freedom, they should be a basic part of the progressive/liberal agenda.

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