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  •  Only the Dem Party leaders can close enthusiasm (9+ / 0-)

    gap. Before you pile on look at this objectively. The netroots/grassroots are going to vote for Democrats.  The folks not voting or not enthused are not the voters that traditionally ally themselves with the partisans. So this means that the Democratic Party leaders have to get these guys excited by putting doing something in Washington that will get people excited and talking. Grassroots efforts such as Knocking on doors or sending emails saying Republicans are crazy and scary is not worthless but it does not seem to be enough to get the less motivated to the polls.

    The Democrat Party leaders attacking the the left wing of the party can only lose them votes. They are trying to scapegoat the Left. Problem is its not the Liberals causing the problem its the economy

    •  It's not the "liberals" nor the "economy" (3+ / 0-)
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      It's half assed half thought out measures that do nothing, just as we "liberals" have been saying practically since day one of this administration.

      Start acting like actual Democrats from the DEMOCRATIC Party, propose bold initiatives in the Democratic tradition and bitch slap these Puke fascists around by telling the truth on them. Prove once and for all that Democrats are not just the "other side" of the same coin and watch enthusiasm skyrocket.

      - Fools and dupes abound and wisdom is the subordinate of naked greed. What a country!

      by Dave925 on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 10:04:41 AM PDT

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    •  Democratic party leaders have a point, though (1+ / 0-)
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      Look at this site and the voices which threaten no action - and even worse attitudes - due to the past 1.75 years of trying to turn back 30 years of entrenched institutions that have given us lobbyist-run legislation, coupled with right-wing-friendly (or, at least, uncritical) traditional media reporting.

      There's left-leaning policy that our party has put on the table which has repeatedly been torn to pieces - compromise through compromise - just to get anything that can move slightly less right-bound out the door.

      Because Republicans are usually 95-100% aligned against original, Democratic proposals for political (not even ideological) reasons, and the ConservaDems offer the killing shots.

      I really think that pushing the positives and the hope of more depth in making that happen - such as not losing what has been gained - is not a bad deterrent in stark contrast to the literally violent efforts by Republicans to hold back help from the economy and people, in general.  Things are seriously disfunctional because we're still living in the wake of all those decades since Reagan convinced a country that unions, the middle class and public investments should all bow in tax rate (and protections, trade, employment) subservience to the personal whims of our wealthiest people.

      Unfortunately, anything proposed now will suffer the same fate as past attempts at bolder change.  And, our own folks will - once again - call for the heads of our party regulars.  Which is truly not helpful.

      This is the "professional left" that we've heard about, I feel: we might all feel frustration, but those who so loudly proclaim that Democrats are not a vehicle in which to invest are not looking at the longer-term plan before us when making those remarks, I feel.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 10:26:51 AM PDT

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      •  Root of the problem: (3+ / 0-)
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        Playing defense never wins, and that is ALL this administration has been doing, IMO.

        Rick
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        by rick on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 11:28:14 AM PDT

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      •  let the other side dictate the rules then we fail (3+ / 0-)
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        Wow I can't understand why we are losing support. See we adopt crappy policies and then they have crappy results and then we take the hit with the voters.

        Its not that compromise is bad. Its that we ALWAYS concede too much and then are held accountable.  Do you think Republicans would be making a big comeback if the Dems came out with big bold ideas and then fought and defended them. Instead of caving in and whining this is the best we can do (which ain't very good).  The Left is not responsible for the Democrats impending election fiasco its the Democratic leaders and we cannot repair the damage they have done. Only they can. Take some big bold steps in the last months, draw a line in the sand. My guess is that will be the only chance to "enthuse" the disullisioned.

        •  Nobody said the "professional left" is (0+ / 0-)

          responsible for the full scope of election challenges, I feel - more that the "professional left" is not showing much help through its sometimes over-the-top negativism and may be hurting this election only in areas where anticipated support would typically be realized . . . that is, you'd expect everyone on the larger "Left" side to be fighting harder for future investments in elected officials - especially against Republicans - at this time.

          Defending "the Left" as a single block here isn't very helpful, I feel.  I'm part of "the Left", too - anyone not disappointed in DC is out of touch.  But, anyone who doesn't want to fight tooth and nail for our folks - i.e., the best shot at building in D.C. what Republicans have already done for themselves since Reagan's days - is rather missing the long view of politics, I feel.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 01:12:25 PM PDT

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          •  Democrat leaders have to fight if they want (0+ / 0-)

            to inspire others to fight. You are asking for a  full blown effort to reverse a trend. Guess what? How can we convince the rank and file to rally and fight when the Democrat leaders did not.  Even now are they are conceding ground with more Tax cuts knowing how ineffectual those policies are.

            You can not keep enabling these guys because they have failed.  They need to rally with some bold measures and hope for forgiveness. Cheering them on will only encourage them to continue on the same course and we can see that is not working.

            •  They haven't failed as you offer, I feel (0+ / 0-)

              Your expectations have failed more than what they could or have accomplished, I would submit - your characterizations of their superheroic efforts that you expect are not only entirely unrealistic, but contribute to the doom and gloom nature of downplaying what they actually have accomplished.  I see nothing in your comments that shows acceptance of the context for our D.C. reps going into the past 1.75 years.

              So, I'm finding only very little reasonableness in your line of thought, here.

              "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

              by wader on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 02:17:32 PM PDT

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              •  You mischaracterize the situation. (0+ / 0-)

                This is the defeatist attitude that has brought the party to its knees in 2 years.  You keep telling me that we have to accept the political reality, that only so much can be done and a thousand other excuses. Guess what !  Those are BS excuses. NO ONE expects them to win everything that is your words and is an excuse for not trying.  

                First take a negotiation course. I have, you always come to the table with more than you want. You do this for the express purpose of being able to bargain. You do not concede key demands before negotiations. You use every tool at your disposal, media, incentives horse trading and you divide your opponents. In other words you do not lower expectations and whine about how hard it is. And guess what you will lose sometimes and that is okay. So spare us the excuses about how hard it is in Washington. EVERYONE here is aware of the institutional roadblocks built into our system,

                Stop belly aching about how the Left is too hard on the Dems and let them own their incompetence. They may actually learn a lesson from it and produce better results. Which will actually get them reelected rather than having to scramble to make up a 20 point deficit because the average voter is fed up with their excuses. People like you are the problem because you never hold them responsible. News Flash ! the voters will.

                •  I am offering that your expectations are (0+ / 0-)

                  far too detailed and instructive, sounding almost impossible to meet.  A micro-manager who plays an armchair quarterback - even presuming enough to prescribe a basic business course for me.  How helpful.

                  Perhaps something you've learned is that no negotiation is the same, despite patterns that can be recognized in some general plays, and that pre-existing conditions can limit the range of your problem to negotiate in many cases.  Further, that the personality and style of anyone within a negotiation is further complicated by factors when more players than two are involved - such as, a President, entire political parties, D.C., lobbyists, a corporate-friendly media and so on.

                  That is, you seem to presume that you understand the factors, environments, pre-conditions, what is on table for various pieces of legislation, etc. when many PR announcements likely were floats and not hardened points to negotiate.  Nor were all players formally announced or even reported upon during various legislative attempts by our parties.  In some cases, the politics of the Senate itself took full power over rational negotiation.

                  None of this seems to factor into your presentation of the issues that you have summarized.

                  Therefore, I summarily reject your odd notion that I support a defeatist standpoint in the Democratic party by noting that in an election year, we happen to have some positives and easy contrasts to tout.  Now, already available to us.

                  Yet, your dour and unflinching demands for our representatives to do more (or else?) in order to gin up the populace - because they have thus far "failed" is something NOT defeatist in comparison to my perspective as offered?

                  Upside-down worlds are surely strange places.

                  Further, I specifically noted in my posts that your general use of "the Left" is not only unhelpful, but misleading and inaccurate.  Yet, you continue in that vein - I am finding your reasoning is still far too polarized for reasonable consideration, here.

                  Your characterization of my "bellyaching" also does not reflect any points mentioned, but instead washs your hand above a large swath of generalizations about somehow punishing Democrats in order to make them better.  During an election year.

                  Again, your context seems incredibly tone-deaf: this is an election year and partisanship is valued at such a time.  Perhaps there is a course for that?

                  Summary: Your premise at the beginning of this subthread begins with prescription, falls on its assumptions that you know the conditions in play related to policy and legislative negotiations at various points in parallel timelines, then reaches conclusions which were naturally proscribed by those conditions.  And yet, you characterize my position as supporting defeatism - despite my statements that we have made progress (far beyond what any Republican Administration+Congress would have done, of course) that can be propped up in a campaign, there is much more to do and this all requires that we win more elections over time.  While, you simultaneously talk of complete failure by Democrats and seem to offer that hurting them will help them in the end.  As if you are the Reverse Flash of Democratic politics.

                  Frankly, I find you willfully ignoring the institutional issues in D.C. and how complex they happen to be, nor do you show much appreciation for how they got there - which includes how long it took for them to be built up.  What you see as excuses I see as challenges to understand and help overcome.  And yet, I am somehow supporting a defeatist notion compared to your black/white characterizations that fall squarely on the negative for our party in this election year.  That's astounding logic.

                  Meta: your tone apparently seeks to represent a general "Left" and a larger population of "us", despite my obvious attempts to fix the replies to you and your opinions - regardless of your noted condescension in this discussion, I find your inability to take specific responsibility for a conversation in which I am addressing you and you alone to be show how this has been a rather silly waste of time for both of us.

                  Maybe I'll find something more useful and worthwhile to recommend from you in another diary.  Just not in this conversation, I'm sorry.

                  "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                  by wader on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 04:06:47 PM PDT

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                  •  Calling you out touched a nerve. You put words (0+ / 0-)

                    in my mouth. When I called you on it and gave you my actual rationale for my argument. You proceed to reiterate the same tired old arguments. And yes you are bellyaching. Complaining that somehow by showing  a united front that will some how reverse or at least stem the Democratic losses in the fall.

                    That is your opinion and as you probably already have surmised I think that is wishful thinking and anecdotal evidence supports my view. When I suggest an alternative you accuse me of micromanaging. That is just plain arrogant. You can advocate continuing the same course of action and I will continue to shake my head in disgust as our poll numbers go further down.

                    My guess is you are some paid shill because you seem intent on defending  tactics that keep putting us deeper in the whole

                    •  I have responded directly to your words (0+ / 0-)

                      And can easily throw down quotes now, if you'd like.  My nature is to be tenacious and challenge seemingly unfair or unreasonable people - you're simply one alias getting my nod at this time.

                      Certainly, you may run from your words and claim to have common sense politics on your side, but you can't hide your ultimate positions being advocated.  Further, I find your continued evasion from taking responsibility for this meaningless tack of avoiding any sort of constructive, organized attempt to support our party in an election year (in all manners of saying: funds, GOTV, etc.) rather laissez-faire and bordering on politically irresponsible, at best.

                      As far as tactics which place us further into the hole, your obvious attempts to turn blacks into whites here shows that obfuscation and subterfuge are your favored tactics when called out as willingly undermining our electoral attempts.  And for what?  What is your purpose?  Ah, the crux.  I'll let you explain your personality foibles for the rest of us.

                      You've offered no alternatives.  You've offered more of the same: nothing.  Do nothing but needlessly argue about how many angels our party has fit onto the end of a pin recently.  Truly, this is taking the long view.

                      You've not only touched no nerves in me, you've merely lowered my estimate of your potential value in this conversation.  Dream and attempt to stem your oddness here all you like, but you have no rational basis for undermining our candidates during an election year and still participating on a site devoted to "more and better Democrats", IMHO.

                      Trying Rovian tactics of projecting your positions upon me is a losing proposition - I was a College Republican in name and spirit, years ago.  I supported Reagan's first term, but not his second - I was living the horror of waking up on my own, over the course of years, seeing what I had previously contributed to within our country.  The awfulness that was spread as a virus and which hit as crescendo with BushCo.

                      It seems best and right to be partisan and help - as all fair-minded people should consider, in their own ways.  Mine is to help us avoid voting in more Republicans in 2010, among other things.  At least at this site, that is of paramount purpose to discuss and share as a topic, in addition to all the ancillary issues related to what those Democrats should help represent over time as they are placed or held in office.

                      I see no solutions from you.

                      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                      by wader on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 09:30:44 PM PDT

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                      •  It's hard to take someone seriously when he (0+ / 0-)

                        continuously advocates losing tactics. Then defends them with personal attacks. Your weak tactics were tried and failed. Plenty of folks not just me are advocating a tougher approach. I have read your responses in other diaries and the pattern is clear  anyone who disagrees with you is subjective to long condescending rants on how they do not understand only you do. Well that may work on someone who is adopting someone else position I have reasoned out my arguments (you should try it).  Markos has a name for you and your ilk Weeny Liberals. You spend more time fighting your side because you are afraid of the big bad Right

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