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  •  Same here (5+ / 0-)

    My folks were terrified of the YAF'ers and Birchers of the Goldwater era; Reagan was "that actor from California" whom they supported in the 80s only because of Bush (similar to the folks who voted "for Sarah not him!"). It's harder and harder and harder for them to be enthusiastic about voting Republican. My folks loathe their Republican state legislators in NJ as a bunch of "hacks", but there's no Dem bench to mount any kind of serious opposition (yet).
    My mom is burned out on the anti-Obama demonization saying, "He's just not that bad!"

    •  That's the hidden story of many elections. (3+ / 0-)

      Too many voters don't pay attention to state elections, so the state ends up with conservative legislators determined crush unions, disenfranchise the poor, and keep women from having abortions.

      Note how in the Special Elections in NY (NY-20, NY-23, and NY-26)  the Republican candidate was in the NY State assembly.

      That's a good background to have in running for Congressional Office.

      We need to work on electing more Democrats to state seats.  It prevents passage of laws that infringe on people's rights and well being,  and it gives useful experience as a stepping stone to higher office.

      HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

      by HylasBrook on Mon May 30, 2011 at 08:07:13 AM PDT

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      •  In states with party enrollment (2+ / 0-)
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        HylasBrook, xaxnar

        the Dems for lower offices would do well to target unenrolled/independent voters, linking the whole R ticket to the clowns in DC.

        •  That's what we do in NY. There's actually an (3+ / 0-)

          Indepence Party (right wing of course) but we pursue NOP (No Party Affiliation)  Democrat activists know the NOP who lean left and encourage them.

          That's why in NY the big advantage in Republican registration doesn't always pay out because there are so many left of center NOP's

          HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

          by HylasBrook on Mon May 30, 2011 at 11:17:17 AM PDT

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