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    it's important to think about this:

    It's easy for us on the left to come up with that core, but it may not be a core that resonates with our whole coalition. American politics has always been more about coalitions than ideology.  In fact, it's always been about ugly / awkward coalitions. So, yes, define core values and a way to communicate them....Yes as well to understanding how to draw those values up while thinking of our whole coaltion.

    But strange as it may seem.  The fact that one party has become a party of "ideology" (with its own ugly coalition underneath)...could push us strategically to become more ideological ourselves...or, equally strategically, it could push us towards pragmatic nuts and  bolts coalition building as a means of winning back power. It seems to me that the debate lately has not been about whether to become more ideological...but in what direction to become more ideological in.  (to me, Barack Obama's speech is the touchstone, the right mix of traditional values and empowerment.)

    But the pragmatic strategy is not without's also what Kerry tried to do.  We will likely see a candidate in '08 who rebuilds this...

    and with the right messenger, coalition might work.  On some level, we have keep our eyes on both, we don't really have a choice.

    2004's the election, 2005's the prize...let'sTCB on eleven two!

    by kid oakland on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 07:53:45 AM PST

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