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  •  Polls are interesting - But VOTING is EVERYTHING! (19+ / 0-)

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    •  Keep sayin it! (5+ / 0-)
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      savvyspy, Kdoug, edwardssl, MooseHB, conlakappa

      The votes are out there.  Get em off the couches.  

      An 'attack on the left' is the GOP in office destroying lives.

      by Sun dog on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:10:50 AM PDT

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      •  This is where it gets weird (3+ / 0-)
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        It just feels like on a local level, there's nothing to do to get them off the couch.  Where I live they are already off the couch, because they are wild-eyed flaming lib activists (Iowa City), or people who just don't want to be bothered.  And the GOPer minority here is getting very vocal.

        The whole cycle feels like the President could do more in two days to turn this whole thing around, than our whole organization could accomplish in two years.

        The 2008 voters who swept the Dems in are sitting it out, and the real question is, "why?"

        I sense it is that they need a central message to rally around.  And I don't have that.  He does.  And "Don't give them the keys back" is not the same as "Change the locks."  Like voting, the latter requires action, whereas the former requires as much action as that couch.

        •  I've been telling Roxanne (1+ / 0-)
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          that she should be doing more in Johnson County.  Look at how big we came in for Obama and the Democrats in 08.  She showed up for the homecoming parade but her campaign isn't putting together any fun rallies with bands or anything like that.  She's cool, I've enjoyed talking to her.  But the folks running her campaign seem pretty run of the mill.  As though she could win this thing by running a predictable, traditional race.  She is the one Iowa candidate with the potential to ignite some excitement but, so far, I don't think she's pushing the right buttons.  

          It figures, I'm in IC too, right?  

          An 'attack on the left' is the GOP in office destroying lives.

          by Sun dog on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:47:52 AM PDT

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          •  dog, I know your precinct (1+ / 0-)
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            I agree, Roxanne could be hammering Chuck on how if he believes in the things he says in his ads, why does he then vote in lockstep with his Dear Leaders to stop it?

            If he is committed to renewables, and has clout at the federal level to do something about it, why doesn't he negotiate in good faith to get some energy policy passed?

            Chuck is tough to beat, because he has a great rep for constituent services.  My mom has a fantastic anecdote about that (he gave her contingent an hour unscheduled, while Tom couldn't meet directly for a scheduled meeting that lasted 30 minutes).

            Roxanne has JoCo in the bag, but I don't think this year's state-wide candidates get that it's not about winning Johnson County, it's about driving the margins here.  Have to make up for King-Land (where I hope Matt Campbell is driving margins down).

            •  bingo (1+ / 0-)
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              MooseHB

              it's not about winning Johnson County, it's about driving the margins here.

              Especially in a midterm, there are always enough votes still sitting on their butts to have turned the thing around.  

              An 'attack on the left' is the GOP in office destroying lives.

              by Sun dog on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 10:49:50 AM PDT

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    •  Wait, what??!! (5+ / 0-)

      Oh, right, GOTV.  Got it.  It's especially important because the states will be re-gerrymandering the House seats next year to reflect the Census results.  If we let a bunch of state houses go red, the next decade becomes much tougher.  

      So, in summary:

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