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  •  This was not a Democratic Revolution (15+ / 0-)

    It wasn't a revolution of any sort.  This was the American political system at its best, wresting control away from those who had misused the instruments of our government and returning them to the control of a party that has promised to be more open, more fair, and more beholding to the people.

    If we follow through on those words, the conservatives will have a long time to wait before the America public becomes forgetful enough to return power to yet another in a long string of conservative failures.

    Theobromine -- does that come in chocolate?

    by Mark Sumner on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:32:28 PM PST

    •  We didn't "win", the Republicans lost (9+ / 0-)

      America fell out of love with Republicans, that is a VASTLY different thing than them choosing Democrats over Republicans.

      We have a CHANCE to show them what we can do, we have a CHANCE to contrast Bush with what Democrats can do.

      We need to box Bush in so that he either embraces Democratic values or he vetoes them.  He gave us a great present in dumping Rummy immediately after the election.  The military knows it was Democrats who mounted the white horse and saved them.  We need to send bills to Bush that either shows he and the Republican's hate the middle class and our troops, or that we are the party that actually support them.

      We need to conduct narrow focused and deliberate investigations into a narrow range of issues, like did they suppress the Generals request for more troops and did Cheney's task force conspire to create the energy crisis in California.

      Prove we have better ideas and we will win in 2008.  Get lost in petty grandstanding and they will throw us out as well.

      Want to watch Republican economic theories in action? Look at Iraq.

      by Michaelpb on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:40:31 PM PST

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      •  Hence the Importance of the First 100 Hours n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      •  What we have to do (8+ / 0-)

        Is exactly what Speaker Pelosi (I love writing that) has already suggested:

        Put a clean bill for raising the minimum wage -- no riders or pet side projects -- on Bush's desk and make him sign it or veto it.

        Put a bill that rolls back oil company subsidies on Bush's desk.

        Put a bill that enables negotiating for drug prices on Bush's desk.

        Make simple, clean, unadorned bills that can't be killed because they contain some extra little item.  Then make Bush put up or shut up.

        That will win us points with everyone, not just Democrats.

        Theobromine -- does that come in chocolate?

        by Mark Sumner on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:52:33 PM PST

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      •  totally agree (4+ / 0-)

        I agree totally with what you wrote.  As a former Republican that voted a straight Democrat ticket for the first time I can tell you that it is from total disgust at the Republican's abandonment of so-called "conservative values"... balanced budgets, opposition to nationbuilding and policing the world, pork barrel spending, and corruption.

        The Democratic Party has a brief honeymoon coming.  Drain the swamp (as Pelosi says), raise the minimum wage, and bring the budget closer to balance.  Use your power to do things that remind people about the best parts of the Clinton years and you may have a chance to have a lasting majority.

        Blow it by lurching too far to the left and folks like me may not stay in the fold too long.  Convince us to stay by good government and you may get the presidency too in 2008.

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