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  •  While I agree with your position, (9+ / 0-)

    I think it omits an important point, Organizing Day, when they divide the chambers up into majorities and minorities, select the Speaker and the Committee Chairs, thus the agenda.
    The purists who revel in driving the Blue Dogs out of the party often fail to understand that a politician is probably a better judge of what plays in his/her district than some ideologue sitting many miles and a cultural gap away. Driving out the Blue Dogs didn't get us better Democrats, it got us Republicans.  And their majority.
    I suspect the purity crowd isn't going to be happy with Chairman Issa, for example.

    Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt

    by DaNang65 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 01:24:21 AM PDT

    •  DCCC and DSCC Wasted A Lot Of Money On Sellouts (7+ / 0-)

      I don't have to worry about supporting these slugs and leeches.

      ~Ruff

    •  that's a good point (0+ / 0-)

      if you want i can add your comment to the diary - or even better, you should expand and write one of your own.

    •  It may be they want us to think (2+ / 0-)
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      that being Republican lite plays in their area, but I doubt it.  Even if it were true, the Republican meaness should be done under the Republican name.

      Arkansas has a Democratic Governor.

      The Democrats were good at voting Democratic 80% of the time.  But the other more important votes were done with Republicans.

      I miss Blanch Lincoln and she isn't even gone!

      •  Agree. Why would someone want to (2+ / 0-)
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        vote for a bluedog Democrat when they can have a full-blown conservative Republican?

        I think the number of voters who believe a candidate can be both Democrat and conservative is shrinking, and probably not worth the effort to appeal to.

        One thing's for sure, the future of the Democratic Party lies with young voters and minorities and they are, for the most part, liberal.  The focus should be on building the future base of the party, not the dinosaurs of the past.

    •  You are quite wrong about politicians (0+ / 0-)

      Mike Arcuri was sure as hell not a better judge of what plays in his district than the local activists who were sick of his random support for right-wing nuttery at random times.  It won him no support from Democrats, Republicans, or independents.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 04:19:45 AM PDT

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