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  •  So it's the old 'good Repub/bad Repub' game (2+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, blueoasis

    I.e. when they want to appeal to soccer moms and centrist Dems, they trot out non-firebreathers like Wilson, Hagel and Shays--hey look, we're not all batshit crazy racists! And when they want to appeal to meat and potatoes red Repubs, they bring out firebrands like Sensenbrenner, Tancredo and Hatch--the true "soul" of the GOP these days. Very smart politically, but I'm not sure it's working anymore. Reality is outpacing their ability to manipulate their presentation of it, and the voters are starting to wise up. They may not yet be ready to become or even vote for Democrats, but they're sure not liking what they're seeing in today's Repubs, and many will stay home.

    I think that the smartest thing Dem challengers can do this election is to effectively ask voters "Had enough of these crooks, liars and incompetents?". Right now it's our best way of recapturing some GOP seats, I think. As Gingrich recently said, we don't even need an agenda or plan to retake the house and senate. Repubs are doing our job for us. Of course, we DO have an agenda and plan, which is just icing at this point.

    Further down the line, though, we need to discredit the entire conservative ideology that underpins most of these crooks and liars' policies and politics, and get voters to see its moral, ethical and practical bankruptcy, which almost entirely benefits the rich, powerful and entrenched. As some have pointed out, what does it matter if two guys can get married in Boston if you can't feed your family or find a decent job in Peoria? Today, we need to retake the house and senate. But tomorrow, we need to take back the country's heart, mind and soul.

    And I think we will, once we retake our own party's heart, mind and soul.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Sun May 28, 2006 at 04:38:25 PM PDT

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    •  Corporatism is the enemy (4+ / 0-)
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      ManOnTheBench, kovie, bdmac, MarketTrustee

      Sure, Republicans have different spokespeople for different audiences.  The lockstep history of Congressional voting patterns, and the coordinated nature of executive, congressional, media, judicial, religious and corporate power centers' behavior betray their true purpose, however.  This is nothing less than a corporate takeover of the country, and corporations have no use for democracy or the Constitution.

      Heather Wilson may or may not be an enthusiastic supporter of this fascist enterprise.  But she is a tool of it, and a willing tool at that.  The Democratic party has been thoroughly infiltrated by corporatist interests, too, else we would not see such support for the bankruptcy bill (my personal touchstone) or for Michael Hayden.  

      I would call Heather Wilson -- and Joe Lieberman, Joe Biden and often Harry Reid -- collaborators.  They may not be fans of corporatism, but they have accepted it and swim in its stream to survive.  Unless the people take back their government, democracy in America will be dead.  We will not lose our democracy to a king, but to a corporate takeover.

      -4.50, -5.85 In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --Orwell

      by Dallasdoc on Sun May 28, 2006 at 05:35:54 PM PDT

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