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  •  problem as I see it: (0+ / 0-)

    Americans seem to lack the insight to understand that "strong" means more than merely unlocking the armory.

    People are fungible. You can have them here or there. - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, responding

    by peterborocanuck on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:26:18 AM PDT

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    •  That's more of a media thing (1+ / 0-)
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      I think what voters see as strong are candidates who are able to clearly, and without reservations, express what they actually think. No equivocation, no philosophizing, no acknowledging that the other guy may have a point or three. Democrats seem to fail to realize that politics is war by other means and that you need to express yourself forcefully. If you can't stand up for your ideology (or even have an ideology), voters simply aren't going to support you.

      •  At this point, (0+ / 0-)

        standing up for liberalism must feel a little like standing up for a child molester's right to privacy, or a Dahmer's right to life.

        People are fungible. You can have them here or there. - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, responding

        by peterborocanuck on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:28:40 AM PDT

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        •  Goldwater... (0+ / 0-)

          ....stood up for libertarian conservatism at a time when it was totally discredited. Within four years, Republicans took the White House (and held it in every election except for 1976 until 1992) and within 16 years, they took the Senate. They turned conservatism into the ideology that everyone claimed to follow. We need to make progressivism an ideology that everyone wants to follow. The first thing you have to do is be proud of it.

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