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View Diary: Trippi Op-Ed in the WSJ: Yes. Yes. Yes! (276 comments)

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  •  Not really (4.00)
    their base is slightly bigger

    No they just stimulated the 4 million Republican Christians that did not vote last time to come out and vote this time.

    Remember that 50% of Americans still don't vote and the Democratic Party has been running away the last 12 years from stimulating more participatiton.

    •  That much I'll agree with (none)
      Republicans spent some time trying to at least "hold the line" in the middle, but they also had a GOTV effort that basically nullified the "rock the vote" and GOTV effort of grassroots democrats.

      I just don't know how the dems could have gotten more leftward voters on their side, though. Not this time.

      But I think next time, if we can duplicate our GOTV success this election, we will win. Because the republicans won't be able to duplicate theirs (I hope). Of course, we need to actually ENGAGE these voters -- the GOTV largely came from ABB, and if next time we're facing off against a McCain or Giuliani it won't be quite as easy to get the masses worked up.

      Does anyone want to know how to google bomb tom delay?

      by danthrax on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 08:57:24 AM PST

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      •  exactly (none)
        which mean we acually have to have a message that resonates with democratic voters and independents..."I am a non-redistributionist democrat" aint's gonna cut it.
        •  I don't even know what non-redistributionist means (4.00)
          So I'm with you :)

          But the reason the GOP wins is because they've already started campaigning for 2006, 2008, 2012, and onward. And the campaign isn't being done by one candidate in hopes of winning the primaries -- it's being done by the party, so any candidate can simply "plug in" to their marketing machine.

          Our marketing machine sputters into action a few months before the election, when the candidates appear.

          I'm not "campaigning" for Kerry or Edwards, or even Dean (unless you count DNC chair). Right now, I'm pushing the democratic party to reach out, instead of reaching in (to the center, to its inadequate internal machine, to quiet solitude until an election approaches).

          It's not left or right. I actually loved our policies this time around -- way better than Clinton, just for example. It's time to change the voters, not the party. And I don't think they have to change that much, we just need to really speak to them. They're more liberal than they think.

          Does anyone want to know how to google bomb tom delay?

          by danthrax on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 09:09:12 AM PST

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    •  Republican Christians... (none)
      I thought they were against stimulation

      Osama's followers think he has "moral values" too.

      by ragnark on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 02:17:32 PM PST

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