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    did not "get their act together".  What has happened over the last 40 years is that conservatives became the dominant force in the Republican party.  

    As much as you can put the credit (or blame, depending on your point of view) on things like direct mail, or rightwing think tanks or the charisma of Ronald Reagan or whatever, the fact is that the single biggest reason the GOP dominates Washington is that the South went from D to R in a big way.  Once Democrats made a historic choice to back civil rights, working class Democrats started voting Republican.

    If you think that netroots activism is going to overcome those large factors by itself, you are very much deluding yourself.

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