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  •  Another (redundant?) progressive group?? (3+ / 0-)
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    Who is getting the backs of these progressive candidates? Who is helping them run competent, efficient campaigns so they can win? Right now, nobody.

    Off the top of my head I know that Democracy for America runs fantastic seminars on how to run a winning campaign. There is a Wellstone group that does something similarly. What about PDA? They must have something along these lines.

    Feels to me that Progressives keep splintering their energies and resources with all these different groups.

    •  An inherent problem (1+ / 0-)
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      when on the non-authoritarian side.

      If God hadn't wanted us to fly, he wouldn't have given us Bernoulli's Principle.

      by HamillianActor on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 01:42:06 PM PST

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    •  On point (4+ / 0-)

      Though for the most part these orgs only get involved in national races and not local. While there are good "nuts and bolts" seminars out there such as Wellstone and the DFA. The campaign or the candidate is left on their own to find the tools and money to put the "nuts and bolts" together, often times with well meaning but ineffectual volunteers and grossly over paid non-producing staff.
      I painfully saw this happen to several good local progressives in my state.

      Feels to me that Progressives keep splintering their energies and resources with all these different groups.

      I agree with your point to a degree. But this is exactly why we need to break free of the constraints of the DNC/DLC.

      •  not true AT ALL (0+ / 0-)

        DFA is all about local. They won't/can't even come into an area unless local people are doing the work.

        Yes, the candidate still has to find the tools and money to put the "nuts and bolts" together. And that would be a good use of an organization.

        I still sense there is too much splintering of progressive energies and monies.

    •  ...as opposed to the hundreds (1+ / 0-)
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      of right-wing political groups and PAC's with varying mission statements and different foci.

      They don't pay me enough to save, and they don't pay me enough to spend. So let 'em bail their own asses out and stop blaming me. -Joy Busey

      by James Kresnik on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 04:02:26 PM PST

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