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  •  Pelosi has to go but Hoyer isn't much better (1+ / 0-)
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    Our House leadership is incredibly weak. They are afraid that if they take a strong stand on anything they'll "alienate swing voters." So they go with a weak and timid campaign (Kerry 2004 and 2002) which won't upset anybody, and the Republicans cook up a load of ridiculous BS and miraculously win. Any politician who thinks there's any political danger in opposing Bush doesn't deserve to hold office.

    If your name was George Walker instead of George Walker Bush, your candidacy would be a joke.

    by dole4pineapple on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:16:44 AM PST

    •  Alienate Swing Voters (1+ / 0-)
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      To win, this theme needs to go and firing all the tired old consultants wouldn't hurt either.

      Demoralizing the base is a sure fire way to lose in November and their strategy of blending into the woodwork to not alienate swing voters will not make them vote Democratic either. Swing voters won't trust the Dems in a leadership position until they stand up and lead.

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        but swing voters are absolutely necessary to win as well.  considering self-identifying liberals only make up 20% of the population, the other 30% is gonna have to come from those who consider themselves moderates.

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        by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:45:01 AM PST

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        •  Most People Consider Themselves Moderate (0+ / 0-)

          Very few people self identify as extreme. Most swing voters would like the same things I do such as a good education for their children, a chance to earn a decent wage, a government that spent their tax dollars wisely for the benefit of the country and not for the benefit of multi-billion dollar corporations etc.

          They also want to vote for someone who shows that they have sound principles and that they will fight to support them. They want their leaders to lead. This is the area that the current Democratic leadership is completely ignoring.

        •  The swing voter is a misconstruct. (0+ / 0-)

          Many liberals consider themselves moderates, for many reasons.  Many voters, usually labelling themselved "independents" agree with most of the Deocratic responses to the issues.  We must fight and win the battle against the Repug sliming of the democratic response with the "socialist", "weak on security" and "nanny state" labels.
              "Fairness" to all, wounded GI, displaced worker, sick and disenfranchised is one way to present issues.  Fairness isn't even in the right Wing lexicon.  "Balance" in national affairs, foreign affairs, diplomacy and tax policy goes directly to the radical conduct of BushCo.  
              "Community" is a conservative value that has been trashed by the radical right for 6 years now.  "Fair jobs at fair wages" are something everyone wants, and though a difficult goal, it is achievable.  This is something to work for as a party and as a country.
              At root, the swing voter follows where these kind of values are stated, and are real.  We have that.

          Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

          by StrayCat on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 11:50:08 AM PST

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