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    I don't think motivating the base has to mean moving to the left. A big part of it is owning your positions: being willing to say yes, we support this, and here's why. And that, together with renewed attention to the grassroots, will expand the base as well. The growing number of third-party and unaffiliated voters, I would argue, is not caused by people finding both major parties too extreme as much as it is by people who think neither party listens to them.

    A lot of 2004 election analysis assumes that Nader's 2000 votes translate directly into Kerry 2004 votes. I hope most of them did. But Nader's nearly 3 million votes in 2000 came largely from the "not a dime's worth of difference" appeal. That's a direct consequence of running to the center - and, perhaps more importantly, running from the top.

    Never mind left or center - what the Democrats need to be thinking about is top vs. bottom. Run on the roots!

    "You got to have fun while you're fightin' for freedom, 'cause you don't always win." -- Molly Ivins

    by GreenCA on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 10:53:09 AM PST

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