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  •  Here's a way to look at it: (3+ / 0-)
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    Democrats stayed home in Wisconsin and elsewhere last November. They did not vote for the Rs. Please. They didn't vote for the Dems, either, in part because they felt betrayed by them, betrayals that were documented time and again right here at dKos and widely throughout the lefty blogosphere. Day in and day out. Over and over again.

    It was what amounted to a Democratic voters' strike. For some reason, I have the suspicion that many of these Dems on Strike knew what would happen if they stayed home: the Rs would win, and win they did. They won big. It was a wipe out in Wisconsin and some other states as well as the House of Representatives.

    And look what the Rs are doing with their "mandate" built on a Democratic voters strike: they're going hog-wild with their usual list of irrelevancies, idiocies, and authoritarian overreaches. And this time, surprise-surprise, they are being met with resistance from the People. Instead of "resistance" from Dems in office.

    The People of Wisconsin are leading the way, but the call to resist is being taken up nation-wide and is being acted on in more ways than most of us can imagine.

    The People must resist. They cannot rely on their politicians to do it for them. As the resistance grows, we're seeing just how small a segment of the Popular Will the Rs and their TeaBagger shock troops represent. We're seeing a real Progressive Movement generated from the ground up, almost spontaneously, based on real human needs and common interest rather than the authoritarian will to power of a corrupt and decadent establishment.

    This struggle could not have been engaged if Dems had stayed in power -- in Wisconsin or in other states that they lost, or in the House of Representatives. And yet, this struggle would have been just as necessary.

    Power to the People. Power to the People, right on.

    --felix

    •  Wasn't just Dems staying home (3+ / 0-)
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      Indies voted HARD against us last year. That's typical of midterms (against the party in power), but it was exacerbated this time by the economy and perhaps fears of things changing too fast.

      Now, though, I think the enthusiasm gap has been turned on its head - Dems are much more engaged than Republicans, and indies seem to be moving toward us, if they haven't already.

      •  With regard to Wisconsin you may want to (1+ / 0-)
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        Allogenes

        take a look at this:

        60% of Dems in Wisconsin did not vote in November's election.

        80% of Independents did not vote.

        Only 15% of registered Rs stayed home.

        All I'm pointing out is that voters in Wisconsin especially, but in other states too, were taking a calculated risk:

        Rather than vote for Dems who had repeatedly betrayed them, they didn't vote at all -- and in Wisconsin, the I's stayed home, too --  leaving the pathway open for an R win. Rs and their programs are then subjected to intense pressure from the People themselves, as we're seeing in Wisconsin and all over the country.

        Protest may not be pretty for those who prefer politics, but it's sometimes necessary. This is one of those times.

        Power to the People. Power to the People, right on.

        --felix

    •  Nice analysis! (0+ / 0-)

      I'm one of the ex-dems you describe. And until they give me a reason to vote FOR them, I won't.

      But I was at my Statehouse on Saturday, doing my bit with the other actual people.

      Viva la revolution fromage!

      How far to the right do the Dems have to move before you stop calling them Dems?

      by Diebold Hacker on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 05:00:09 PM PST

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