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    the Democrats would have looked at the Nader 2000 disaster and said "Hmm, maybe courting progressives is almost as important as tacking center to pick up moderate votes."

    Nope. Of course not. That would make too much sense. In American politics: when in doubt, move to the right. One progressive vote will never be as important as one moderate vote. Just ask Joe Lieberman.

    Have the Dems ever lost an election because they alienated moderates? Can anyone tell me if this has ever happened? I don't remember it happening. They lost a very important election in 2000 because they alienated progressives. They've lost elections because they ran cold fish candidates with no personality.

    Unfortunately, that's not the lesson they want to learn from 2000. The lesson they want to learn is to shut progressives up. I voted for Gore in 2000, but still, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Nader didn't cost the Dems the 2000 election. Gore cost the Dems the 2000 election.

    Slow learners will continue to blame progressives, and they will continue to make the mistake of thinking that a moderate vote is more important than a progressive vote, at their own peril.

    Immanentizing the eschaton is a *good* thing.

    by jabuhrer on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 09:42:19 AM PST

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