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  •  Texas politics is (4.00)
    truely strange.  In the last election, I saw more dems not put "Democrat" on their materials, and only one advertisement used the word.  Chet Edwards, and he won.

    Yet, the Republicans use the tag continuously.  Like thats the only reason they need to put forth to get elected.  I swear, if a repub went to the pharmacy he/she would say, "I'm John Doe-Republican.  I'm picking up my prescription."

    Truly strange people.  And, O/T, I heard a radio spot for a chick running for school board and her selling point was that she would oppose sex education.  Can you imagine running for school board and promising to keep kids stupid!

    Stranger than fiction.

    "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urqhart (House of Cards)

    by Yankee in exile on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 04:50:29 AM PST

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    •  Wrong (none)
      In the last election, I saw more dems not put "Democrat" on their materials, and only one advertisement used the word...
      Yet, the Republicans use the tag continuously.

      Not in blue states, they didn't.  

      Take the 21st Assembly District in Silicon Valley.  There, the Republican candidate, Steve Poizner, repeatedly downplayed his GOP affiliation and refused to say whether he would vote for Kerry or Bush.  Poizner lost, but he did well given the largely Democrat district.

      Or for that matter, look at Arnold's campaign, where he surrounded himself with Kennedys and repeatedly invited Democrats to "join Arnold."

      Martin Frost is doing nothing more than the Texas equivalent of this strategy.

      I think all this willingness to distort Frost's record reflects quite poorly on the Howard Dean camp.

      •  Ummm.... (4.00)
        Neither Steve Poizner, even if he had won, nor Lincoln Chafee would ever be on the short list for RNC Chair.

        Like this? Check out Answer Guy Online. (Please. Pretty please.) "I want my country back." - Howard Dean

        by Answer Guy on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 06:16:40 AM PST

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        •  Church Lady (none)
          Neither Steve Poizner, even if he had won, nor Lincoln Chafee would ever be on the short list for RNC Chair.

          So, essentially what you are saying is that no Democrat from a red state ought to be considered for DNC chair, because Democrats who win elections there must necessarily compromise themselves.

          That leaves room only for people from solid blue states, like Vermont.

          How very conveeeenient.

      •  You're missing the point completely. (none)
        The arguments I'm seeing for the most part are not about downplaying Democratic affiliation. That's a distasteful fact of life in red dominated districts.

        It's running with the Republicans and against prominent Democrats.

        Using the very faces and names that he will either need to strongly, even rabidly, oppose as DNC chair or will need to wholeheartedly support when he's on record as not doing so.

        Part of the reform of the Democratic party, IMNSHIndependentVoterO is to reverse the trend to want to be seen as "just like the Repubs, only better" in some undefineable way.

        Frost's baggage will preclude him doing that effectively even if he agrees with the need, and I'm not sure that he does.

        Zephyr Teachout must recant.

        by boadicea on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 07:43:41 AM PST

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