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  •  Precisely (none)
    When people argue to put aside "purism" its usually a thinly veiled attempt to avoid discussing policy at all, and insist that all we can, or should, do is support the most popular guy with a "D" after his or her name.

    I'm not a purist.  I believe in compromise.  But compromise should mean just that: deciding what we're willing to trade off for what in return.  Simply supporting any Democrat, however conservative, is not compromise, or even pragmatism. It's simply putting party above anything else...including real world consequences for people who need our government to change direction.

    Mike Synar - the late and very liberal Congressman from Oklahoma - can be seen as something of a model in this regard.  He understood that on some issues in Oklahoma you need to vote in a classically conservative way (e.g. gun issues).  But he was able to get elected while maintaining 90+ ADA ratings because he was a liberal who understood that compromise is necessary. Brad Carson is a conservative.  There's no reason we should be supporting such people in the primary (as the lesser evil in November is a separate issue).  We should be supporting and encouraging pragmatic liberals in red states, not Republicans-in-Democrats-clothing.  

    •  God Bless Ya Man (none)
       I was trying to make this case 3 months ago and I'm pleasantly floored that anybody else on this blog knows Mike Synar from Adam. Okie Senators Fred Harris and Elmer Thomas, that's goin way back, are two of my all time favorite politicians. If your boy Monte is cut from that cloth, I'll pass the hat for em.

      Put the jam on the bottom shelf, so the little man can reach it. Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-TX)

      by yellow dog on Mon May 24, 2004 at 01:30:19 PM PDT

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      •  Monte Johnson isn't quite Fred Harris... (none)
        ...but we'll never get another Fred Harris (or Synar or Yarborough, for that matter) if we don't insist on such folks running. Celebrating the Brad Carsons of the world is a huge step in the wrong direction. Again, I'm not saying that us Okies shouldn't vote for Carson in November...he'll certainly be the lesser evil.  But we have to stop settling for lesser evils, let alone applauding them.

        Too many Democrats in OK are so shell-shocked from our once solidly Democratic state becoming nearly solidly Republican that they're willing to sell out on virtually every issue simply to get a Democrat elected.  The result is that the Democrats really do begin to look like GOP-lite.  

        There's a great populist tradition in this part of the country that has been almost entirely ceded to the right. It's time that Dems return to their populist roots.

        •  Damn Staight (none)
           I'm tired of eulogizing. Keep speaking your peace hoss every chance you get, and I'll do the same. We got a tough row to hoe no doubt, but then so did the original populists. I gotta believe we can get this thing turned around. Meantime thanks, its guys like you who keep me coming back to this site.

          Put the jam on the bottom shelf, so the little man can reach it. Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-TX)

          by yellow dog on Mon May 24, 2004 at 03:35:20 PM PDT

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