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  •  A Possible Heretical Comment (none)
    This may sound strange coming from a die-hard Democrat, but I do NOT think we should try to take control of either the House or the Senate in 2006.

    We should fight to retain our seats and possibly pick up a few more, but I think it would ultimately be very bad for the Democrats to have a majority of seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate.  Here is my thinking on this...

    For the first time time the Republicans have legitimate control over the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  The past four years there has been a question about the legitimacy.  Now, they have won it fair and square.  It is also entirely their problem now.  All of the Democrats should vote against the Republican policies, but ultimately the Republicans will prevail.  Now the Republicans have managed to achieve the level of corruption in Congress in just a few years when it took the Democrats decades.  They are going to continue.  They are like little kids gorging themselves on Halloween candy after a really successful haul.

    If the Democrats regain control of the House or Senate in 2006 and start blocking the President's programs he will be able to use the "obstructionist" charge against them.  If the Republicans control it all then there is no way they can shift the blame when all of their policies start to hit the fan, which would be in less than four years.

    Once the Republicans are forced to deal with their mess the people in the "red" states will see them for the bunglers that we know they are.  Then, in 2008, we hit the Republican party hard and use everything that we can amass in the the next few years and retake the White House, the House, and the Senate.

    I truly believe that the Republicans will self-destruct within the next four years now that they have complete, and legitimate, control over the course of the nation.  I want 2008 to be a complete and final destruction of the Republican Party and the only way that has a possibility of happening is if the Democrats do NOT regain a majority of seats in either the House or the Senate.


    •  heresy? (none)
      I tend to agree with you; with this proviso.  I think we should really concentrate on putting progressives in local races on a huge scale, and leave the national offices alone; but we need to have some folks in the pipeline.  These small races will teach us how to listen to folks on the ground, hear their issues, and help us re-frame our own using their language.  I pray to see, in 4 years, every county having one person from this list in an elective office.  Then we can plan to take our country back.  I will probably be dead when y'all do it, but my grandkids will be voting for you.
      •  I agree (none)
        We should work hard on the local races: city council, school board, possibly State Assembly.  Prep these people over the next 2-3 years and then take them to the U.S. House and State Senate and then take those progressives currently in the State Assembly and State Senate to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

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