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We won.

Yep. We won, we need to repeat that and intersperse it with "they lost".  

Now brace yourself.  The fury will be loud, viscious, and if you weren't paying attention between 1993 and 2001, you won't expect it.  The beast was badly hurt last week and it wants vengeance. The noise machine will quickly build to a deafening roar.  The hatred that was somewhat muted by the responsability of power will be completely unleashed. Guess what? It will all be aimed at us and our leaders.  In an earlier diary, we saw how Elliot Spitzer defused Hannity(?). That is a marvelous case study of how to do it. Another approach that is also going to be helpful will be "in your face confrontation".  Both should be studied and understood.

Conservatism and republicanism are the gods that failed. They tried to make their mandates into some sort of god given law. What the Republicans did was fail in so many ways: Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, the budget, and you can add your favorites to this list.  That their ideas failed is not something that they will admit. The 1994 party change was decided with a smaller number of people participating than this year.

Where the Republicans were wrong, we need to say it over and over again. There is rarely a good time to back down and this is sure as hell not a time to back down. Kos did a good job of pointing out that if you consider the popular vote in the senate, this was a route. Six republican senators were terminated for cause. The voters of Virginia, Rhode Island, Ohio, Montana, Missouri, and Pennsylvania knew perfectly well what they were doing when they fired their senators. Those voters knew that they were giving up seniority in the senate to to make changes.

Do not forget. America won. The Republicans lost.

Originally posted to Dave from Oregon on Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 10:51 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I don't think conservatism failed (1+ / 0-)
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    RudiB

    Neo-conservatism and war mongering failed. If you take a look at the Democrats in office now across the nation, you'll see that a lot of them are the real conservatives.

    •  Labels--Can't live with 'em, or without 'em (0+ / 0-)

      The so-called "movement conservatism" that we've witnessed over the past few decades is very destructive -- the unholy alliance of economic plutocracy, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, imperialism, and intentional incompetence in governing.

      When Russ Feingold  wants to protect our constitution while the "conservatives" want to throw it out, who's the conservative?

      "When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it's clear proof that it should be rejected." Luc de Clapiers

      by RudiB on Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 10:58:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The neo-con (1+ / 0-)
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      sangemon

         philosophy of US imperialism failed as a basis for effective foreign policy. But the failures on the domestic front are the failure of the same Reagan-era movement conservative policies that the right wing punditocracy is now touting as the salvation of the Republicans, who have allegedly strayed from the true path.

         Conservatism, with it's goal of smaller (read powerless) government and tax cuts  that pay for themselves has been  discredited. Tried and failed. We need to pound this home every chance we get.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by happy camper on Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 11:26:40 AM PST

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      •  Smaller government (0+ / 0-)

        I do think the Republican tax cut philosophy is nothing but a scam. I would definitely like to see smaller government and lower taxes. It's been a long time since conservatism(smaller government) has been tried. Reagan , Bush I, and Bush  II expanded government. I don't like the government spying on Americans. I don't think the government should know everything I am doing and I am confident that government does not solve the problems of the people. I am definitely more libertarian than progressive because I believe that people can solve their own problems. Progressives tend to believe that the government can solve everything and they are wrong.

    •  That's what THEY say. How so? (0+ / 0-)

      Disagree. Who is that is "conservative" and on what issues?

  •  Hand them an anvil. (3+ / 0-)
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    sangemon, Dave from Oregon, Unbozo

    They're spinning like crazy, and trying to right themselves (no pun intended).

    A perfect time to keep attacking their failures, and articulating our own vision.

    Right now we can attract a lot of new supporters, people who generally believe what we believe, but who weren't paying attention to us lately. And who now know they'd be in good company.

    "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

    by pat208 on Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 10:51:50 AM PST

  •  I agree with Dave from Oregon (2+ / 0-)
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    sangemon, Neon Mama

    Except this time, we have the netroots to fight back.

    Agenda Item #1 on the Democratic Congress must be to protect Freedom of Speach in the Tubes and on the Internets.

    Notice: This Comment © ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 11:14:42 AM PST

  •  The best defense ... (0+ / 0-)

    is almost always a good offense. Besides it is the nature of conservatives to respect confrontation v
    pacifity. An aggressive, in-your-face- offensive
    posture might actually gain a few "Bubba" votes.

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