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  •  Howard, Howard, He's Our Man - If he Can't Do It, (0+ / 0-)
    ... we may as well up and quit?

    The only districts that matter are the ones we win this year?


    I don't know what else to say. Just "sheesh". I'll follow your lead, and stop using gobs of words that don't produce instant results.


    None Dare Call It Stupid!

    by RonK Seattle on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 09:56:31 AM PDT

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    •  Please try to stay constructive (0+ / 0-)

      I'm asking for specifics. It's all well and good to say "we should try to make Democrats everywhere, contest every seat, build an organization in every precinct" but sometimes the fields aren't particularly fertile for the seeds you're planting--or you haven't told us how to plant the seeds.

      It's not just a failure of will.

      I don't give a damn about instant results. I know we need to build for the future. That said, you need to tell us HOW to build for the future in a positive way that recognizes our limited resources. I could caricature your ideas as "beating your head against a brick wall" but what good would that do?

      •  Sheeesh! (0+ / 0-)

        None Dare Call It Stupid!

        by RonK Seattle on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 10:53:10 AM PDT

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      •  Need to build up the blue spots in NM-2 (1+ / 0-)
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        While the district as a whole is red, there are many blue or swing spots in the district. Take Silver City, which is blue (our Senator Bingaman hails from there). Socorro is swing, but blue on a good year. Dona Ana County is blue. Hidalgo and Luna counties I think are red, but swing in a good year.

        A strong Democratic Party infrastructure in those places, plus in some of the cities like Carlsbad and Roswell, where it's mostly red, but where there are plenty of blue people, is really important. A strong party, even when it's in the minority, leads to winning mayoral races, county commissioner spots, state representatives, county clerks, etc. which eventually leads to talented and gifted people who can run in the entire district.

        It's also worthwhile to work hard for a candidate (if the candidate isn't a total dud) that doesn't have much of a chance, if only to learn, to build up your local party, and make the other guy spend some of his money.

        This won't happen overnight. Got to take the long view. Remember that the GOP started their rise to power many decades ago.

        He who is the author of war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death. - Thomas Paine 1783

        by lanshark on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 01:18:44 PM PDT

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