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  •  CO GOV (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sad to say that the fact that Ritter, our candidate for governor, is winning because he's anti-choice. That plus general dissatisfaction w/GOP (plus the fact that his opponent has all the appeal of a nasty vice principal) seems to be what's putting him over the top. But he also talks a lot about alternative energy, which is my great hope--that this will be more than just talk.

    If Ford wanted to talk in his stump speech about the importance of his faith ( and on a personal note, if he was more NT than OT) in life, I'd say go with it. But the Ten Commandments on his official congressional business card? A GOOPer who did that would be the laughingstock of the netroots and (sotto voce) the whole Beltway Establishment. And rightly so.

    •  I'm not defending it (6+ / 0-)

      Just saying I understand it.  See the above about the Baptist Convention, etc.

      One conversation that gets had a lot hereabouts is the fact the Republicans preach from the pulpit to their constituents about killing babies, etc.  Aside from the fact that it's completely illegal, it's a political reality, and it's one reason why the Republicans have been so successful at demonizing Democrats and progressive social issues.  

      This is probably where I'm going to get the troll ratings:  I think the powers that be on the national level just don't get it when it comes to this topic.  People in rural counties have been calling up in droves to the Dem office where I'm volunteering, to say Ford needs to be much more vocal in his support of gun ownership.

      Say the word "gun" to a person living in Baltimore, and her mental image is an urban thug with an assault weapon.  Problem is, hunting is a beloved state pastime in many Southern states (another thing I hate - as an avowed bunny hugger - but is a political reality), and gun control is part of why the Democrats are successfully characterized as out of step on social issues by many Southern voters.

      Same with religion.  Whether folks like it or not, churchgoing is part of the daily reality for many Southerners (and Midwesterners, and even rural voters in many other areas).  We have got to combat this business where religious people think the only option is Republicanism.  Democrats are starting to say things like 'raising the minimum wage is a moral issue,' and we've got to start framing things that way.  It's just not true the only issues that'll appeal to so-called values voters basing things on religion are abortion and gay marriage.

      For the record, Ford is doing a bit of that.  He and Bill Clinton went to a COGIC church in Memphis yesterday (which is where I heard the 'minimum wage' line).  He and Obama are going to a couple more this Sunday.  

      I can see how progressives would be horrified at the idea, but I really think it's got to happen for Democrats to have a fighting chance of picking up purple states.

      Google Bomb: Bob Corker
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      by Eleanor A on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:17:57 AM PST

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      •  I don't want to misquote Markos, but ... (4+ / 0-)

        I think I remember him writing that gun control is a dead issue.  The NRA won. And he's right.  It was a HUGE wedge issue in the past, but it IS in the past.  The NRA, working hand-in-glove with the RNC, worked to convince nearly every voter between the coasts (not including Chicago) that the Democratic Party was going to take their guns, and for whatever reason, it resonated.  

        Now nearly every Dem candidate in a rural district has an ad showing in cammies loading birdshot.  We're mostly over the stigma, but guns are THE losing issue for our party in the South, right or wrong.

        And honestly, there's something that makes even me uncomfortable about George W. Bush knowing that I own a  12-guage.  I just don't think it's any of his business.

        There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

        by ThirstyGator on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:36:48 AM PST

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        •  the NRA (4+ / 0-)
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          is also a good illustration of how people tend to exaggerate the importance of money in politics, as opposed to votes. Yeah, the NRA has buckets of money, but they also have millions of people who vote, and who vote one single issue.

          •  A case study in voter manipulation (0+ / 0-)

            They use the buckets of money to explain to their members why a.) they should keep paying their membership dues and b.) they should vote republicon.  

            There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

            by ThirstyGator on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:18:01 PM PST

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