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  •  the problems (4.00)
    are not just with Kerry--or perhaps they are about Kerry inasmuch as Kerry is "generic Democrat" (as he has been for much of the campaign). The Democratic party has just not had "winner" (with the exception of Clinton) in its actions or body posture in a long time. This sort of caution and defensiveness seems to be the only way they know how to campaign. Perhaps it extends down to the Democratic primary voters, who after all, selected Kerry for some of these very features. Since we're already in the hole, I'd like to "save this game" then play out the scenario where we go out hell bent for leather. Of course...I guess the world doesn't work that way...

    I'm happy with my $20 of influence

    by JMS on Tue Sep 14, 2004 at 10:20:13 AM PDT

    •  The Pathetic Truth (4.00)
      Excellent opinion piece here
      by Michael Tomasky from the American Prospect.

      Heres just part of it  
      George W. Bush has a record the Democrats should have made mincemeat of. Right about now, the media should be writing, and American voters should be thinking: Golly, a million jobs lost, millions more in poverty, manufacturing down; no WMD's, 1,000-plus dead, Iraq on the brink of civil war, al Qaeda larger than ever and still recruiting, acts of worldwide terrorism on the rise, North Korea and Iran responding to the cowboy routine by going nuclear. This should have been easy.

      The dems need to suck it up and start calling a duck a duck.And they should definitely start acknowledging the progressive base even just a little, even if its on the sly.

      "You will determine whether rage or reason guides the United States in the struggle to come. You will choose whether we are known for revenge or compassion.

      by mickey on Tue Sep 14, 2004 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

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      •  good article (none)
        and he makes a point that a lot of people here seem to want to miss too... They behave as if educating people or presenting the facts, in and of itself, is the answer, when it might change the minds of--what 2% of people or something? No, the Dems (not Kerry himself, who has good reasons to look presidential and stay out of the fray--one of Dean's problems was that nobody on the Dem side was as good at attacking as Dean himself--he needed his own Dean) and or their fellow travellers, just aren't good at blustering. And it would seem that Americans like bluster. Wishing that it were otherwise doesn't make it so, and the type of education campaign it would take to make it so would take generations, if it ever worked at all. Where is Bob Toricelli now, one wonders? If we have to be associated with a guy like that, why can't we sic him on the enemy?

        The other, somewhat more tragic and more cynical possibility is that the Dems just care about their own comfort--not about winning. It's not that they don't care about the issues we care about, it's just that if it involves letting things hang out, or challenging the Republicans, or being uncivil, that's too high a price to pay.

        I'm happy with my $20 of influence

        by JMS on Tue Sep 14, 2004 at 10:49:14 AM PDT

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        •  It is possible to challenge the (none)
          Republicans civilly.  The issue isn't attacking (I actually don't want Kerry or the Dems to "attack" Bush, I just want them to tell the truth), its challenging.

          I think the problem is that many in the Dem grassroots, here at dKos and even in the press corps are simply looking for the ONE issue/story that will bring Bush down. Each time a story or an issue proves not to ring the death knoll, it gets dropped.

          "Consult the genius of the place in all things" - Alexander Pope

          by a gilas girl on Tue Sep 14, 2004 at 10:46:05 PM PDT

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    •  Winner (4.00)

      We've got the American Jesus, he helped build the president's estate.

      by daria g on Tue Sep 14, 2004 at 12:47:49 PM PDT

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