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  •  Well then the question is (none)
    Well if you read Carson's last paragraph, we have a simple choice to make as Democrats. Do we embrace the modernity and continue our fight for it, no matter the costs and consequences, or do we go back in time and become a part of the faith-based community?

    Mikhail Khaimov San Francisco, CA

    by Tsarrio on Thu Nov 11, 2004 at 10:06:32 PM PST

    •  I'm not necessarily advocating anything (none)
      although I think we have no choice but to embrace modernity. We just have to think much more expansively about how the world works - and go WAY beyond focus groups and "prescription drug benefits" and the like. Democratic strategists need to think in these kinds of terms.

      Ben P

      The United States has a conservative political culture defending a liberal heritage. The modern Republican Party's problem is that it is neither.

      by Ben P on Thu Nov 11, 2004 at 10:08:32 PM PST

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    •  There is a third way..... (4.00)
      If you want to mine coal, you have to dig in the ground.  It's there, but you can't see it.  You have to find it.  Votes are the same way.  How many eligible voters sat on their hands on Election Day?  They're out there by the tens of millions....we just have to mine for them.  And the good news is that they are less likely to be affiliated with the modernity-rejecting "faith-based" culture.  Those folks were mobilized to the max.  They turned out the troops with a frightening degree of efficiency.  We didn't see it because their turnout effort wasn't taking place in the media;  it was taking place in the Tuesday Night Bible Study Groups.

      We are the party of freedom.  And I think the most attractive freedom we have to offer the 80 million or so non-voters is Freedom of Thought.  The fundies aren't selling that product.  Quite the contrary, they hate it.

      The voters are polarized.  The non-voters are up for grabs, and I think we can grab more of them than the other guys.  We have foundations and think-tanks of our own.  I suggest that these folks set out to indentify who the non-voters are, learn why they don't vote, find out what would motivate them to do so, and make voter registration an ongoing effort, with meaningful followup to make sure we can turn 'em out in November '06.

      A proud member of the reality-based community!

      by roxtar on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 01:01:57 AM PST

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