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  •  The Republicans are already talking today (4+ / 0-)

    about "the lessons that the Democrats should be learning from last night," which have everything to do with being more Republican and nothing to do with the Democratic message of change.  Taking advice from Republicans - Oh deliver me!

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 09:40:05 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for showing us how conservative (1+ / 0-)
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      Deeds is.  I wouldn't have voted for him or the Republican.  Surely there was a minor party candidate to vote for in protest.

    •  Goper lectures (1+ / 0-)
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      They can spare us the lectures. Deeds did just that and lost big time. The Demo. voters in Va. weren't fooled and didn't need to elect another friggin DINO. They've had ample proof of what a Blue Dog is all about all fall haven't they? No more of these creatures. I applaud the GOpers for at least having the courage of their awful convictions. The irony is the further right they go the worse it gets for them and when they do back a more moderate Goper they win as in NJ and Va. But, with Dems. the opposite is largely true.

      "It's better to die on your feet then live on your knees" E. Zapata

      by Blutodog on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:15:40 AM PST

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    •  Dems in Washington listen more to Republicans ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... than they do to us.  That's the problem.

      While last night's defeats were completely predictable -- and Markos is predicting more of the same in 2010 if Democrats don't learn the right lessons from these defeated, "centrist" Democrats -- I have very little confidence that Democrats will take the right lesson from it.  I wish I could say otherwise, but I've been disappointed too many times.

      If anything, Democratic politicians inevitably seem to interpret any defeat as a sign that they need to play it safer and be more "centrist," more like Republicans, and less "progressive."  

      Then, to show that they can still be "tough" -- although in the safest possible way -- they badmouth and "stand up to" the "extremists" in their own party (i.e. us, the ones who actually end up proving to be right, more often than not).  

      In other words, I have little faith they will actually think about this.  Rather, I can't help feeling they will react in the usual programmed way, out of their usual fear -- egged on by the Republicans whose approval they seem to crave so much.

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