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  •  Well, First Yu Need a Viable Third party... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and they would have to be effective right out of the chute.

    Looking at the history of third party candidates, they are worse funded and worse positioned then Democrats.

    Kind of like co-ops vs public option vs single payer....looks like we're stuck with a "public option" compromise.  ;)

    Yes We DID!!!!!!! Now back to work!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 10:53:53 AM PDT

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    •  That's why I say (0+ / 0-)

      the more likely outcome of this process is even greater disenchantment and disconnection between the public and the political system.  "Swing voters" will likely entirely disappear as any significant number, as the only people who feel any attachment or commitment to the political process at all will be members of the respective partisan bases.  One implication of that is politicians who follow "swing voter" strategies will likely find themselves crushed because they'll have failed to mobilize their own base while chasing a will-o-the-wisp.   But more deeply, a lot of people who were inspired to give the system "one last try" in 2008 are likely to drop out entirely and permanently.  Our entire systemic structure as a (small-d, small-r) democratic republic is already deeply sick, and turning off millions more citizens prevents the only possible cure from happening.

      "99% of the battles and skirmishes that we fought in Afghanistan were won by our side." ~ Marshall Akhromeyev

      by ActivistGuy on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 11:01:14 AM PDT

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