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  •  I'm not disagreeing in principle (0+ / 0-)

    Right on all the way around...

    All I'm saying is:

    - that it takes several hundred congressmen/women and several dozen senators to pass legislation.

    - that many states have very complex and onerous requirements for getting on a ballot.

    - that the media - stupid as it is - simply gravitates to candidates of the big 2, especially when it comes to senate and congressional candidates.

    None of those are insurmountable obstacles -- but taken together and then multiplied across dozens, if not hundreds of races (each with their own flavors and degrees of the above), and a instigating a legitimate 3rd party agenda is pretty damn daunting... It's more than just an inside straight, it's the equivalent of a whole evening of inside straights.

    I mean - we've had some real progressive and/or "outsider" candidates in given races in the democratic party (Hackett, Ciro, Morrison, Cegelis, Murphy, etc, etc) -- and even with what little institutional support the democratic party has lent, we've come up short.  I'm not being defeatist -- we're getting closer and it's a marathon, not a spring --- but I just don't see how a 3rd party allows us to get any closer than we've gotten.

    I guess everyone's got their own blog now.

    by zonk on Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 04:59:34 PM PST

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    •  I guess it depends... (0+ / 0-)

      ...on what you are trying to get closer to.  I'm trying to get closer to democracy, not to electing people.  I see more parties as being tiny step closer to where I want to go, which is why I'm not opposed to them, but don't plan to invest much effort there.  I am more focused on nonpartisanship, because that is exactly where I want to go.

      Agreement in principle means nothing to me.  A principle is an abstract concept inside someone's head.  It doesn't really exist, except to the extent that it is reflected in real-world action.  What you are doing in the real world is presenting an unknowable as a "cold hard" fact. Either you are a party operative who knows exactly what you are doing, or you are confusing what's inside your head with reality.

      In any case, not much point in arguing about it, as winning an argument won't change reality. We will all find out soon enough. A decade or so from now, the Democratic Party will either be a strong and viable bastion of progressive politics, or it will have withered away further still, while the Greens,  Libertarians, and independents will have gained yet more ground.  Or perhaps the tug of war between the progressives and the centrists will have rent it asunder.

      I give the third-party folks credit for having worked diligently...in the real world, not in principle...toward where they want to go for the past several decades, while most "Proud to be a" Democrats were merely supporting their party in principle.

      Most Kossacks cannot legitimately claim to be taking back their party, because in the past they were never Democrats in anything but principle...voting periodically for Democratic candidates and carrying a card with a check in a box does not a Democrat make.  In fact, they were until recently among the ranks of those I consider to be the actual DINOs...Democrats In Name Only.  

      What they are aiming to do now is to take the Democratic Party away from the people who have been running it for years and years while they themselves were too busy to be bothered.  And they are doing it because they have decided it will be easier and quicker for them to get their way by taking what someone else has built than it would be to build something themselves.  Not exactly my idear of a noble undertaking.  And, when they heap blame for what the Democratic Party has become in their absence on those who were, at the very least, showing up...rather less than noble, I'd say.

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