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We failed.  We didn't call enough.  We didn't give enough and She wasn't clear enough.

This is not some country wide mandate that congress if off track.  This nation needs so many of the proposals in D.C. Right now.  The vocal minority is wide awake.  They poured in money and time.  We went about our daily lives.  

And now the conference process is severely compromised.  You're on Daily Kos so I'm sure you know what that means.

We cannot be off our game come November. And that isn't just us policy nerds, impassioned bloggers, and other sorts who frequent this site.  It's our friends and neighbors who worked to get a president elected who would actually sign something as 'far left' as a few new health industry regulations.   Tell everyone who worked in '07 for change in '08.  We need to get on our feet again.  Get involved again.   Knock on some doors and make some calls.  We can do it again!

or...  

We can let them be right.  We can let this be a sign that badly needed progress is unnecessary and unwanted.  We can let them jam this down our throats.  Oh Yes we can.  All we have to do is nothing.

Originally posted to MrsVirtue on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:39 PM PST.

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  •  I admire your idealism and persistence. Yes, we (3+ / 0-)

    need to keep up the good fight.

    I was inspired by Howard Deans fire on the Chris Matthews show tonight.

    He's seems to get it and has the courage to articulate bold progressive stands.

    We need more leaders like Howard Dean.

    I wish we could get him back in charge of the DNC.

    We need to start fighting like heck for the Novemeber 2010.

    It should be totally acceptable for our politicians to sit quitely on a 30 point lead like Martha Coakly did through  the last 45 days.

    Good luck.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:45:53 PM PST

    •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, HoundDog, SottoVoce

      I don't feel Idealistic tho.  I feel kinda sick.  I wish I'd phone banked more...

      You can bet your tooshie I'm gonna be going all out for Andre Carson this summer.  (In Indiana there is not much point to doing anything in a senator's campaign.)

      Anyhow Thank you Thank you Thank you.  

      I feel a bit better now.  

      ...but not much...

      •  MrsVirtue, where in Indiana? (1+ / 0-)
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        HoundDog

        FW will always be shades of pink/red.  These folks here love the status quo.

      •  You may not feel idealistic but you are. (0+ / 0-)

        Actually, my theory is that true persistent idealists, like ourselves, suffer more than "ordinary folks."

        Scientific studies have proven that folks who suffer from depression, have, on average, a more realistic grasp of reality.

        Think about it.  If you really pay attention to world conditions closely, how can you not be at least a little depressed about our situation.

        Hang in there.  

        Let's makes things better and reduce suffering as much as we can.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:02:12 PM PST

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      •  Mrs. Virtue (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't feel bad about this

        I wish I'd phone banked more...

        I have various relatives in MA who said they were so inundated with phone calls that they were ready to scream.  My SIL got 22 phone calls the day before the election.  My cousin was pleading for Wednesday to come so the callers and the ads would stop.

        Unfortunately, adding more phone banks on the last two days wouldn't have changed the outcome.  Too late for that.

        But fight the good fight from here on in!!!

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:21:57 PM PST

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  •  We need to fight and work our butts off (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.

    Charles de Gaulle

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:52:49 PM PST

    •  Yeah, and who will come to save us/France? (0+ / 0-)

      Where is our England who will broadcast the voice of de Gaulle to our comrades? Air America? The CBC? The BBC?

      Who will equip our Maquis? China, if we buy our equipment at WalMart.

      Are a half-million democratic socialists going to invade our shores to help us win the universal health care coverage they enjoy? From where will they come? Norway? Sweden? Holland?

      Who will come in as an occupying force, as we did in Japan, and break up the  corporate-government hydra of the  zeibatsu? Or as we did in Mussolini's fascist Italy? Canada?

      No, France lost the war. We may have lost, we may be able to retake our country without a total Revolution. Total revolution is the French example you didn't mention, the one with guillotines, and the torching of chateaus. My grandparents were refugees from a similar event with a more Asian sensibility.

      The English, other parts of Western Europe and even parts of America (Hawaii) accomplished land/economic reform without mass-murder/justice for the proletariat. This is what, "we need to fight and work our butts off" for. But France in the 1940s is a bad example. We have no allies. We are alone. If you must use an example from the 1940s, we are the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. We must once again find our own Pecora, we must again find our Harry Hayes and apparently, we must force our somewhat disappointing president to support them.

      Yes, we must fight. But we are not France.

      All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

      by Jacques on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:00:00 PM PST

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  •  Bullcrap (4+ / 0-)
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    I live in MA, and from where I sit, if it weren't for OFA and Obama, this might have easily been a 8-12 point loss.    Basically every story I heard on MSNBC out of the Brown camp was them being a little surprised by how close it was at some points.     The only life this campaign had from the Coakley side was the last couple of days when OFA kicked in.

    She stunk as a candidate.    She never should have been up for the Primary.     Emily's List and Western MA have a lot of questions to answer for on this one why they'd back such a terrible candidate for the 60the Senate seat of all places.     But OFA was pretty awesome.

    •  won't galvanize (1+ / 0-)
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      This isn't exactly about what OFA did.  It's that in the last few weeks Brown raised over 1.3 million from all over the country. He could of been running on Jonathan Swift's Lets eat the poor Kids platform and he still would of got that cash because he's a chance for them to stop the health care bill.  She got a mere trickle.  Because we feel like we've got it made.  If we place the blame solely on Maratha's lackluster performance we won't galvanize and we won't step up in November.  

    •  But why wasn't OFA not on the ball before-hand? (1+ / 0-)
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      Jacques

      To TELL her to get her ass in gear?

      •  Because we (OFA) have been totally (0+ / 0-)

        de-balled.

        On Jan. 17, 2008, when Obama announced the formation of Organizing for America (OFA) as the successor organization to his campaign, he told would-be supporters, "The movement you’ve built is too important to stop growing now." He promised that "volunteers, grass-roots leaders and ordinary citizens will continue to drive our organization, helping us bring about the changes we proposed during the campaign." More than half a million people watched the YouTube video of Obama's OFA announcement within just a few days.

        Despite Obama’s explicit promises, the people who voted for him weren't organized in any kind of new or powerful way, and the special interests — banks, energy companies, health interests, carmakers, the military-industrial complex — sat first at the table and wrote the menu.

        We're back on the outside, looking in.

        All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

        by Jacques on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:10:01 PM PST

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        •  open a new resturant (0+ / 0-)

          We can change that.  One legislative seat at a time.

          The people who voted for him weren't organized because they just voted for him and said job well done.  

          The people who organized for him though.  Well...I'd say that was pretty damn new and pretty damn powerful and still present and still relevant.  

          There is no button that a president can push will instantly stop those folks from sitting at the table and writing the menu.  We have to open a new restaurant down the street.  The bad news is we've not got even half the funds.  The good news is we've got ten times the dedication.

  •  Hound Dog (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    Are you sure that the reason she lost was because she went on vacation during the holidays?

    Because I wasn't aware of that fact until the corporate media reported this news a few days ago. And even if I had known that, it wouldn't have mattered to me.

    I voted for her because she was the best available candidate to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Kennedy's death.

    Why did democrats and independents go with Brown? What happened the last two weeks?

    Was it the JFK ad? The truck? Don't seem to me to be reason enough to change my vote on such an important moment.

    •  Tons of things (1+ / 0-)
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      - her mailers were terrible.    I don't know if you got the one with the Brown cover and Bush on it but it was just tone deaf and stupid.     No one is thinking about George Bush right now.     SEIU sent one a day later that was really good - it had Scott Brown as a UPS driver delivering jobs to China and India.

      - her TV ads were terrible.   They never introduced her as a person, just a head + neck on TV talking about boring bank accountability.    Brown on the other hand was driving a truck and showed his nice looking daughters.

      - she was terrible - c'mon, the Fenway park quote and the Schilling quote?  

      - she was from Western MA outside of the machine and she allowed herself to be painted as the inevitable machine candidate.    I don't know how that even happened given that she couldn't deliver Boston, but she didn't fight back at that one.

      - meanwhile Brown was on the radio during drive time every morning (which is free) and showing himself to have a sense of humor, and making 66 appearances to her 19.    

      I voted her because Obama needed the vote, but I was all for Capuano wiping her out in a primary in 2012.

  •  She would have made a good (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator. Grassley, Reid, Nelson, McConnell. I wonder what kind of candidates they are. They'd put me to sleep if I had to listen to any of them on the campaign trail.

  •  I am sorry (0+ / 0-)

    But you will need to get the President engaged first.

    So far his modus operandi seems to be "wait until the very last minute before he becomes engaged"
    and then act so very surprised that "his efforts" did not work.

    His total detachment just is not working -- and his judgement now to wait for Brown to be seated --- good grief!!

    The President is the leader of the country --- I wish he would start leading.

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:09:08 PM PST

  •  I have a slightly different take (0+ / 0-)

    Creigh Deeds lost his governor's race after two very successful, popular Democratic administrations. (Mark Warner and Tim Kaine), I think for two main reasons: 1) He's a lousy politician and 2) He ran way too far-right. Hell, Deeds said he'd not accept Federal money for HCR. And while I voted for him, that one statement sure turned off a lot of potential, left-leaning voters in VA.

    Coakly is also a lousy politician and is pretty uninspiring to the base.

    I might get flamed for this but I do think Obama could've been a little more helpful to both campaigns. I know... easy for me to say. But he showed up for Coakly only at the last minute and by then, she looked like a deer in the headlights.

    Add to all that the MSM - which never helps us and portrayed Brown as a gosh-darn, clean-cut, Cosmo-posing kind of guy - who, well... just looks American, and darned if those MA voters didn't fall for it.

    Having said all that - sure... we always need to work harder. Republicans can't govern for shit but never underestimate one in a political campaign.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:12:07 PM PST

  •  I saw Daily Kos (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    come out in full support of Martha Coakley the last 10 days, even though they all knew she ran a lousy campaign. But they were willing to support her in any way they could because she was the best candidate of the two to go to the Senate.

    In other words, they rightfully looked past her inability to run a smooth sailing campaign. Why didn't the MA voters do this as well?

    And don't forget, this wasn't a normal November general election.

    •  Huh (0+ / 0-)

      "In other words, they rightfully looked past her inability to run a smooth sailing campaign. Why didn't the MA voters do this as well?"

      Because why should they?    If you can't run a campaign, why should anyone trust you to help run the country?

      •  Because people do run flawed (2+ / 0-)
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        campaigns. Everybody does.

      •  Running a campaign is something you (0+ / 0-)

        hire someone to do. No one should run their own campaign!

        I ran one for free until I said, "Hey, this may actually work. You can't ever pay me, and I can't spend nearly this much time in the campaign office; you need to hire the pro from Dover." I made some calls, found a pro who happened to be "at liberty" and similarly aligned politically, and got the hell out of Dodge. (I kept track of things from afar, my candidate lost, but not because she didn't have professional management.)

        Who was it who said ,"a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client"? I don't know who ran Coakley's campaign, but it was the wrong person. Your campaign manager says, "You're going here, talking to these people. The Q&A after will probably revolve around these pages of the book, look them over while we driving. You want some coffee? Right after this we're doing a wave and shake at a diner, they've got the best loose-meats in this county, and we'll get a picture, so you don't want a donut now...loose-meats? It's like a deconstructed hamburger. What does it matter? It's hot and tastey, you had oatmeal and fruit for breakfast and will find you a big salad for dinner. You'll live through election day, that's what you pay me for.*"

        P.S. Is it true that Coakley took Christmas week off? It sounds like she was running her own campaign, and if so, she really did deserve to lose.

        *This is a paraphrase of an actual conversation I heard in the 2 hour drive to a speech. No, the candidate did not get a donut, even though I did. And, the candidate did live through election day, and won. That's why you hire a pro.

        All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

        by Jacques on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:35:45 PM PST

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