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  •  This forum is a joke (13+ / 0-)

    I think the attendees should be grilling Pelosi for her failures. particularly her failure to exercise the authority of congress.

    It seems to me that she treats this group as just another Joe public. I would think that this group is FAR more informed than most. How dare she talk down to us.

    "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." (Abraham Lincoln, 1809-65)

    by Kairos on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 08:55:34 AM PDT

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    •  This Is Her Mistake (13+ / 0-)

      She doesn't realize that these questions have already been discussed extensively and the replies will be dissected in the blogs. We aren't just a voting block and she can't get all our votes by making a good argument on a key issue. To have any effect at all, she'd have to address the substantive issues and provide real answers. It just isn't possible for someone who doesn't have real answers and is just trying to play politics in Congress.

      The only real value of this is that someone, probably a low level staffer, had to wade through all the questions and got a real picture of how we feel and think about these issues. That probably means that someone gave her a summary and she got the message. She might put on a smile and avoid answering the real issues, but I suspect they got presented to her.

      We have to use our power to get what we want and not expect any of these politicians to go to bat for us. The way we do that is to contribute to individual campaigns where the candidate signs up for our point of view, bypassing the DCCC and the DSCC. We need to speak out in the media and talk with our friends to carry the progressive message. We need to put our time, money and votes into those campaigns where the candidates back our positions, and ignore the others. We need to pay attention to the Democratic primaries and work hard for the challengers for any incumbent who doesn't get it.

      If we do our job, Pelosi (and her pals) will get the message--or they'll be out of office.

      Meanwhile, I think I'll contribute to one of her challengers in this fall's election.

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