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  •  Intensity Gap Problem (13+ / 0-)

    Those who think that not voting will punish the Dems are only fooling themselves.  By not voting, you are hurting the American people not the Dems per say.  We will have gridlock, no funding for the health care reform bill, government shut downs, endless investigations and lately we hear that the repubs plan on impeaching Obama.  Are you awake yet?

    I suspect the Dem intensity will really go up if the repubs take control and we see just what that means.

    Anyone who thinks sitting it out is a good thing is way off base.

    •  The time to show bad Dems the door is (6+ / 0-)

      during primaries.  Now, we have to stick together.

      •  The Dem establishment disagrees with you (0+ / 0-)

        and they are willing to spend money and keep polls closed in a contender's precincts to prove it to you.

        To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. -- Noam Chomsky

        by just some lurker guy on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 03:56:25 PM PDT

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    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      first, the people you need to reach aren't here, or if they are, debating won't help.

      Second, re the comment, "Anyone who thinks sitting it out is a good thing is way off base," misses the key issue. The unenthusiastic non-voters noted in the above polls aren't "thinking" at all, for the most part. It's not the result of a rational decision-making process. Rather, they are disconnected, or confused, or don't know enough, or don't care, or are alienated from our political process.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 12:20:26 PM PDT

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