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  •  "Dividing the party" (4.00)
    Regarding all the talk about Markos dividing the party, I say B.S.  He'd be dividing the party if he said he'd withdraw support from the Dem candidate if the DCCC switched candidates.

    Dissent is not division.

    The idea that Democrats falling out of lock step with party leadership is divisive is not far from the idea that it is un-American to criticize the president.  Our losses in 2002 stemmed largely from trying to be inoffensive.  Our gains have come from fighting, a la Dean, along with administration screw-ups.  The Republicans have maintained power by fighting, not by conceding points in the national debate in the name of reason.  I'm not saying that we should stoop to their level, but we certainly don't have to back down from our legitimate liberal agenda.  And people with different opinions about how the party should be run should not back down because they enhance the viability of our ideas.

    Dissent is not division.

    See this great Tom Tomorrow cartoon: http://snipurl.com/7vqt

    •  Republicans maintaining power (none)
      >>The Republicans have maintained power by fighting, not by conceding points in the national debate in the name of reason.  <<

      The Republicans have maintained power by having the powers that be pick the candidate who is considered most likely to win and then doing the electoral equivalanet of hitting any disstenters with a bat.  They have had, until this electoral cycle, non-bloody primaries in which the pre-selected candidate always won.  When Bob Dole refused to step aside for the coronation of George Bush Sr. in 1988 the Republican party brought out the baseball bats (which was replayed in a more public manner when John McCain refused to step aside for Bush's son).  When Joe Swartz decided to run for Michigan Governor in 2002, even though the party had already chosen Dick Posthumous, the party screwed him over too.  

      The Democratic party believes in giving everyone a voice, Democracy, and a lot of other good things that I believe in.  On the other hand, the Republican strategy of seeming to pre-select thae candidate (as much as I dislike it), seems to work better for winning elections.

      "All Politics is Local" - former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil

      by Mister Gloom on Tue Jul 20, 2004 at 05:21:20 PM PDT

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