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  •  No Other Democrat Has Been Suggested (4+ / 0-)

    Neither Caltagirone or any of the likely Republican abastainers have named any Democrat that they are willing to back. The question is academic unless they are willing to back another Democrat.

    I have known Bill DeWeese now for over 30 years.  He does rub some people the wrong way. But I have found that generally his personality is more of an excuse than a reason for actions taken against the Democratic Party.

    Pennsylvania has many conservative Democrats, and all too many of them appear to believe that either joining the Republicans, or closely working them, is the road to advancement.

    Pennsylvania political history is littered with the records of Democrats who gravitated to the Republicans, and then sank out of sight when their constituents figured out what was going on.

    Progressive Democrats have done a lot of good for our country in the past, and can do a lot more in the future. Let's keep going strong.

    by State Rep Mark Cohen Dem PA on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 06:59:37 PM PST

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    •  Question II (0+ / 0-)

      So why are Democrats unable to enforce party discipline as strongly as their Republican counterparts?

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      by jiacinto on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 07:07:54 PM PST

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      •  Republicans Have Greater Financial Base (4+ / 0-)

        Republicans have a much greater financial base than the Democrats do, a problem that may be unsolveable, although blogosphere fundraising is certainly a hopeful step in the right direction.

        The Republicans have a greater activist issue-oriented base, while the Democratic base is very community service oriented.  The result is that Republican legislators are repeatedly told to support Republican policies, while Democratic legislators are told about people who need jobs, streets that need repairing, schools that need building, etc.

        In short, Democrats are given endless demands for the spending of money, which sometimes Republicans are willing to supply.

        There are many good things about this intense local and personal focus of grassroots Democrats, but we still urgently need more principled Democratic activists at a local level than we have at the current time.

        Progressive Democrats have done a lot of good for our country in the past, and can do a lot more in the future. Let's keep going strong.

        by State Rep Mark Cohen Dem PA on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 07:17:26 PM PST

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      •  you should know (0+ / 0-)

        seeing as how you work for a right wing think tank.

    •  I'll be very honest (2+ / 0-)
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      I have known Bill DeWeese now for over 30 years.  He does rub some people the wrong way. But I have found that generally his personality is more of an excuse than a reason for actions taken against the Democratic Party.

      Living in PA, I really disliked DeWeese's consistenr support of the pay raise.  It was morally wrong and politically idiotic.  This is not the kind of guy I want being the figurehead of the party in the House.

      That said, even ignoring the effects of the difference in party control (which is the biggest thing), DeWeese shines like a supernova in comparison to Perzel, who is the worst of the worst in sliminess and corruption, not much different than Tom Delay.

    •  Nominate Mark Cohen! (0+ / 0-)
      He's been in the PA House for 33 years.  When's his day coming?

      Always happy to be your ed.

      by le5540 on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 11:58:37 PM PST

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    •  But you can't publicly announce support (0+ / 0-)

      for another Democrat unless you want to run the risk of Deweese fucking you.  He's a petty tyrant.

      Perzel is a hundred times worse, but I'm frankly kind of glad  Caltagirone is doing this.  The Democratic establishment in Harrisburg has long since worn out its welcome and it needs to be shaken up.  God bless the people of Beaver County for getting rid of Veon, who was generally a good legislator, but redefined arrogance in his support of the pay raise.

      Most of the Democrats in the House are completely unaccountable to their constituents.  Things have to change massively before I stop holding my nose every time I vote for a Democrat (at the state level).

      In fact, I voted against my long-time incumbent Democratic state rep last cycle because, though he has the right letter after his name, he represents my values in no way, shape, or form.

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