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This is my first diary on DailyKos after being a regular reader here since 2007. Much of the constant back-and-forth over the actions of the Obama Administration has hit home with me. I worry a lot about the 2010 Mid-Term Elections. It is very disturbing to me hearing friends offline now echo much of what many say here because I believe people aren't thinking long-term. It isn't just about right now.

6 months from now, how will we feel if the GOP takes back the House? How will we feel if they should also take the Senate?

There's constant coverage of the Gulf oil spill, Elena Kagan, the financial reform bill, etc. But we're so focused on reacting to right now, we may fail to look at the future. Speaking as a middle-aged gay man living with HIV, believe me when I say it matters very much what choices you make and what the consequences will be.

I left the Midwest 20 years ago and moved to California because I wanted to live out & proud since I couldn't where I was born. Being 21, I made most decisions based on merely reacting to what was happening at the moment without thinking about how things might turn out. I didn't consider all the alternatives or how others could affect what happened to me and those I cared about. I didn't prepare for the future and imagine what might go wrong.

Result? My failure to prepare for adversity led to consequences (poverty, addiction, homelessness) I could've foreseen if only I'd taken the time to thoroughly think about what I needed to do to improve my life. When I finally started to look at what actions to take to correct my mistakes, it took over 15 years before things have now changed for the better.

Many liberals may be disappointed in the choices Obama has made in the past 18 months. All items on the left's agenda weren't addressed perfectly and so there's disillusionment, anger and impatience with the Democrats. However, we can't just think solely about short-term results; we have to think about long-term consequences.

Make constructive criticism. Call out the Ben Nelsons, Blanche Lincolns and Joe Liebermans for what they do wrong. Question the President and insist on accountability. But having made so many wrong choices in my own life, I know it's very dangerous to merely react to what's going on right now and think it doesn't matter if we give full support to the Democrats in the Mid-Term Elections. Think about the day after Election Day.

--Imagine a gloating John Boehner, a smug Mitch McConnell, a ratings-resurgent Glenn Beck and a pompous Sarah Paln crowing all over CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the front page of every newspaper, every magazine and every news website.

--Anticipate bills being pushed in Congress to expand offshore oil drilling, reinstate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, repeal the healthcare bill, institute a national "present-your-papers" immigration bill and even worse. (And say goodbye to all action on ending Don't Ask Don't Tell for probably the next 6 years.)

--Visualize the Tea Party, Operation Rescue, Focus On The Family and all the other right wing extremists re-energized and foaming at the mouth as they join the GOP in taking back "their" country.

So often in the last 20 years I said, "If only I'd known then what I know now."  So many times in the past decade have I read comments from Ralph Nadar voters who are horrified at how their well-intentioned actions helped elect George Bush. 6 months from now after the Mid-Term Elections, it will matter if the Democrats still control both houses of Congress.

We have 6 months to take the recent positive poll numbers and help the Democratic Party snowball them into even bigger numbers--and keep the GOP out of power where they belong! Please think about how you will feel 6 months from now if the Republicans "take back" our government and what that means for the next 6 years of your life.

Make choices you can live with.

Originally posted to Gay CA Democrat on Sat May 15, 2010 at 03:39 PM PDT.

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  •  I'll feel annoyed (2+ / 0-)
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    Shahryar, FeDhu

    that the Dems voted out of office were too stupid to vote for things the public wanted, but instead sided with big business under the impression that campaign contributions were more important than voters.

    That's how I'll feel in November.

    I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

    by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 03:58:36 PM PDT

    •  I see your point (3+ / 0-)
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      housesella, Wary, TheEqualizer

      But the thought of Boehner, McConnell, Beck, Limbaugh and Palin getting an even bigger bully pulpit from the mainstream media just chills me to the bone.

      No way do I ever want to live through another decade of Republican rule. Too horrible to even think of me doing nothing and allowing those bigots to take over. Ugh.

    •  Stupid Dems (0+ / 0-)

      Let me ask you a question.

      What is best for the people of the United States?

      And how, then, should a good citizen act?

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:48:07 PM PDT

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      •  StratCat answered this for me. (4+ / 0-)

        "Not voting, or voting for a third party, is the functional equivalent of voting Republican."

        To me, that's the central issue. I won't claim to speak for everyone in the United States, but I think having the Republicans in charge is bad for everyone and anyone. The success of our government is too important to let the GOP just walk away with it.

      •  What's best for the people of the US? (0+ / 0-)

        Not voting for stupid or corrupt politicians of any stripe, no matter what the political party tag they put after their names.  Better a deadlocked Congress than being stabbed in the back by pseudo-dems who give cover for Republicans.

        I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:57:38 PM PDT

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        •  Wrong (2+ / 0-)
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          ParkRanger, Gay CA Democrat

          Letting Republicans have power is simply wrong.

          Letting Republicans have power takes power away from the good Democrats.

          Not a logical choice.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

          by blue aardvark on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:05:07 PM PDT

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          •  I'm the Party of NO... (1+ / 0-)
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            ParkRanger

            No GOP. No Tea Party. No way, no how. Never.

          •  Which was worse? (1+ / 0-)
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            enhydra lutris

            Corrupt William Jefferson (D) of the frozen 90k cash, who made the party look super bad, of Cao (R), who actually helped with the Healthcare vote?

            I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

            by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:12:30 PM PDT

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            •  point taken, but not what I meant (2+ / 0-)
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              blue aardvark, ParkRanger

              You're right about Jefferson. I have zero problem with nailing corrupt politicians of both parties. However, as the final HCR vote (achieved only with Democrats and zero Republicans) proved, we need a Democratic majority above all else (IMHO).

            •  That's not the same as this (0+ / 0-)

              Not voting for stupid or corrupt politicians of any stripe, no matter what the political party tag they put after their names.  Better a deadlocked Congress than being stabbed in the back by pseudo-dems who give cover for Republicans.

              Stupid?
              Pseudo-dems?

              That gives you a lot of cover to point a finger at a lot of members.

              In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

              by blue aardvark on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:23:09 PM PDT

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              •  Pseudo-dems was a reference to Lieberman, (0+ / 0-)

                actually, but you could also tack on Specter, for instance.

                Stupid was, admittedly, an inappropriate values judgement - most dems aren't stupid, although a fair number are venal and petty.  They're out for #1, and that means their constituents can go hang if big corporate donors want them to oppose legislation that would help their constituents.  That is, corectly, not stupidity, but cupidity.

                I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

                by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:26:12 PM PDT

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  •  Also, btw, (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    I'm surprised at this line.

    So many times in the past decade have I read comments from Ralph Nadar voters who are horrified at how their well-intentioned actions helped elect George Bush.

    Even if you're one of the hardcore Nader blamers, the only Nader votes that could possibly have mattered were about 700 in Florida, and I'm amazed that you would have even run across even one of those folks online, much less 'many times'.

    I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

    by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:00:22 PM PDT

    •  support for Nadar in & out of Florida (1+ / 0-)
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      Wary

      The comments I read were from folks who regretted supporting Nadar. Where they were from wasn't mentioned in the comments I read.

      And much of my revulsion for Nadar is a result of the infamous interview Rolling Stone did with him a few years after the election. Some of the things Nadar said were so arrogant that it left me with a very bad feeling about the man.

      Nadar simply didn't strike me as an honorable man who I could admire anymore.

      •  Didn't catch the interview (0+ / 0-)

        But from what he said after the election was called for Bush by the Supremes, he was dead to me as a political figure.  I just don't give him credit for 2000.  The Republicans disenfranchised far more than 700 folks with their voter caging tricks in Florida.  Nader may have claimed to be a spoiler, but he was truly insignificant, even in that election.

        I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:16:13 PM PDT

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        •  Nadar's Rolling Stone interview (1+ / 0-)
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          Wary

          I'm sure it's archived on RS's website. I actually read a hard copy years ago. I lost count of the number of times I shook my head and had to pick my jaw up off the ground. Reading (and watching) Nadar's ever-escalating self-aggrandizement was a train wreck of epic proportions.

          But you're absolutely right about Florida. My Lord, how different our world would've been with a President Gore if he'd taken Florida. So sad.

      •  Nader was a dishonest liar (0+ / 0-)

        with a record of paying his employees very low wages even though they worked long hours with little benefits and busting unions. He also invested in corporations that he criticized Gore for owning shares in. I read "Crashing the Party" and, in that book, the man takes credit for every progressive achievement since the 1960s.

    •  Recaall Bill Mayer & Micheal moore, Nader voters (1+ / 0-)
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      housesella

      In 2000 who got down

      ON THEIR KNESS in 2004

      On national Tee vee to BEG NADER NOT TO RUN

      W've had several others here on D-Kos over the years ALSO saying the same thing about regretting their votes for Nader

      As well as former Republicans who ALO regretted Voting for Republicans in 2000, 2004.

      My Senator is Mitch McConnell and he said to us in KY to not worry by this election the electorate would have forgettong how bad it was under them and they'd win.

      Sounds like many folks here are buying into Mitch McConnell's prediction.

      This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

      by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:24:22 PM PDT

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      •  That's the truly sad part to me about voters. (1+ / 0-)
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        Wary

        These idiots can do something absolutely hideous, but by the time elections roll around a year or two later, voters will have completely forgotten about it.  Drives me up the wall.

        I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:33:54 PM PDT

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        •  what drives me up the wall are those who in the (0+ / 0-)

          here and now do nothing but denigrate the democrats as though they and this nation (and the friggin' WORLD) would be better off under a republican regime.

          i do not understand what i see as blind stupidity when it comes to recognizing the consequences of voting third party.

          principles are great unless your "principle" causes those issues that make up your very "principles" to be wiped from the face of the earth!

          scares the hell out of me, too.  what do these "purists" really want?  the downfall of the political system we have?  oh.  some have said that very thing.

          sadly, they don't realize what may come out of that vacuum.  (think those with the most money, power, control... and that isn't us little folk!)

          NOTE: i will no longer engage in non-productive, rude or argumentative replies - so, if you are waiting for a reply, please don't hold your breath! ~ edrie

          by edrie on Sat May 15, 2010 at 10:48:20 PM PDT

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    •  Nader cost Gore New Hampshire in 2000. (2+ / 0-)
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      Wary, Gay CA Democrat

      Gore takes NH, Florida is irrelevant. Of course there is no way to know for certain, but Nader had far more votes than the difference between Bush and Gore, it was very close. Exit polling also supports this conclusion.
      Water under the bridge, and plenty of blame to go around, of course, but my take is that Nader voters in NH helped screw the pooch.

      It sucks, I hate it and wish it were otherwise, but this is what we have: not voting, or voting for a third party, is the functional equivalent of voting Republican. Some day that may change, but not before this November.  

      "Democracy is like chicken soup. You have to stir it up often or a scummy oily film forms at the top."

      by StratCat on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:46:28 PM PDT

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      •  God Bless You (2+ / 0-)
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        Wary, ParkRanger

        "Not voting, or voting for a third party, is the functional equivalent of voting Republican."

        You should copy and paste that everywhere. It's brilliant!

        •  For ever two self-identified liberals... (0+ / 0-)

          in this country, there are three self-identified conservatives.
          So, do you want to win or not?

          Winning means acheiving and maintaining a center-left coalition in congress that will frustrate and infuriate progressives, but it beats the crap out of the alternative. That is what is possible for us. So, Progressives: Do you want to win or not?

          There is so much gnashing of teeth about this on DKos. And I understand the impatience and frustration from progressives, I feel it too.
          So support progressives in the primary, work your ass off and try to move the party to the left, little by little. And in the general election campaign, get behind the party and be a good soldier. Anything else is just fuckin' dumb.

          "Democracy is like chicken soup. You have to stir it up often or a scummy oily film forms at the top."

          by StratCat on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:29:50 PM PDT

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    •  Nader's total votes in Fl WAY more than 700 (1+ / 0-)
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      Gay CA Democrat

      97,488

      AND here's why people REGRETT his run IF he hadn't then Gore WOUL be President because he would have gotten the Florida vote--ook at these totals:

      Final for Bush

      2,912,790

      Final for Gore:

      2,912,253

      See that a mere 537 difference.

      It's safe to say that IF Nader had NOT run Gore would have been President or IF people had NOT oted for him, Gore would have been president.

      No doubt about it.

      This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

      by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:54:05 PM PDT

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      •  After a decade of Bush... (2+ / 0-)
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        Wary, TheEqualizer

        It still stuns me to think how things might have been if Gore had won.

        Which is very relevant to me when I think about the 2010 Midterm Elections. If the GOP just takes the reins of Congress, it's sayonara and back to the future. More Bush/Cheney/Tea Party insanity for the next 6 years.

        It is too important for us to do nothing. We need to support the Democrats and keep them in the majority. Just the thought of a GOP-led Congress frightens the hell out of me.

      •  Ok, 537 votes that mattered then, not 700. nt (0+ / 0-)

        I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. - Oliver Cromwell

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:58:54 PM PDT

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        •  What mattered really was (0+ / 0-)

          America and th disasterous 8 years of GOP mis use--all because of a 3rd party candidate who has since about the era of the New Left in the 60's beleived that bringing the nation to it's knees under extremist corporate ruin would somehow lead to a New PROGRESSIVE era--that was the ideology behind old Ralph, and people bought into it.

          This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

          by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:07:06 PM PDT

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      •  Link to my information (0+ / 0-)

        This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

        by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:04:19 PM PDT

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  •  Good first diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Wary, Gay CA Democrat

    The only nuance I would suggest is that sometimes we get electability confused with what is best for the party.  In PA, Specter has staked his campaign on his electability, but I (and many other Dems) are going with the real deal in Sestak.  Now, hopefully Specter won;t go all Lieberman on us and put that asshole Toomey into office by splitting the vote...

    When the storm blows hard you must stand firm, for it is not trying to knock you down, it is trying to teach you to be strong. Lakota saying

    by dizzydean on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:04:10 PM PDT

    •  If He Were to Do That, and the Party Back Him, (1+ / 0-)
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      dizzydean

      making it a second time around, it will be catastrophic for the party.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:08:31 PM PDT

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      •  The Dem Party did not back LIEberman (1+ / 0-)
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        dizzydean

        So there wouldn't be a 'second' time around.

        I think a few individuals within the Party did back him, but the party as a whole could not do so.

        Also if I recmember correctly in Con. a failed candidate could choose to run as independent not all states allow that, candidates MUST register to run one way or another by a certain date BEFORE the Primary.

        Recall Crist had to make that choice to run as either GOP or Independent well before the primary.

        This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

        by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:37:55 PM PDT

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    •  thanks--and I agree about Sestak (2+ / 0-)
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      Wary, dizzydean

      I didn't know much about Sestak when he first announced his run. I've followed articles on his campaign since then and am impressed with what he's said.

      And I'm an even bigger fan of Bill Halter.

      My biggest concern is that we as a community don't surrender to apathy and let the GOP take over by default. I don't care if it was Dean, Kerry, Edwards or Hillary; I would've voted for any of them over Bush/Cheney. And I think our economy and our government would've done far better off if any of those candidates had managed to beat Bush. The modern Republican party is truly a horror movie come to life.

      •  You're absolutely right (3+ / 0-)
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        Wary, Nedsdag, Gay CA Democrat

        I wasn't not a Hillary fan, but would have held my nose come November 2008 had she been the nominee.  I feel the same way about Arlen...if he wins on Tuesday, he's got my vote in Nov.

        When the storm blows hard you must stand firm, for it is not trying to knock you down, it is trying to teach you to be strong. Lakota saying

        by dizzydean on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:32:27 PM PDT

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        •  It's frustrating... (2+ / 0-)
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          Wary, dizzydean

          Of course, we all want a "perfect" candidate who does everything ideally. But instead all we have are gloriously imperfect human beings.

          We do the best we can with what we have.

          •  "Imperfect human beings;" (0+ / 0-)

            is this a cute euphemism for "sold to the highest bidder?"   Democrats work just as hard as the Republicans for the multinational corporations.  You can't work within the system when the system is fundamentally corrupt and rigged from the start.  Bourgeois "democracy" truly is democracy in name only.

            The supremacy of finance capital over all other forms of capital means the rule of the rentier and of the financial oligarchy -- Lenin (1917)

            by GiveNoQuarter on Sat May 15, 2010 at 07:11:03 PM PDT

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      •  As we USED to say here on D kos (3+ / 0-)
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        RosyFinch, dizzydean, Gay CA Democrat

        We'd GET OUT THE VOTE

        And hold our noses while voting no matter who was running as long as it was a Democrat, those were the good old days. I miss them.

        This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

        by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:40:06 PM PDT

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        •  Hear, hear! (3+ / 0-)
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          Wary, Nedsdag, dizzydean

          I freely admit I was rooting for Howard Dean. Instead we got Kerry (sigh).

          Hell, I was bummed when John Edwards couldn't beat Kerry after Iowa. Ah well. What can ya do? :)

          •  Yeah we 'got Kerry" BUT we also got DEAN (3+ / 0-)
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            Nedsdag, dizzydean, Gay CA Democrat

            In the BEST way to restructure our party machine with his 50 state strategy and then we began to WIN elections!

            This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

            by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 04:56:37 PM PDT

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            •  I can't argue with that. (2+ / 0-)
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              Wary, dizzydean

              Point very well taken!

            •  And now Obama and Kaine are tearing that apart (0+ / 0-)

              There is a reason why Democrats have been losing every election(save NY-20 and NY-23) since Obama's election.  

              •  Yeah, the Reason is the Economy (2+ / 0-)
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                housesella, dizzydean

                We just won the special election in FL to fill can't remember his name, Wexler, I think, but he quit to take another job--we won that one as well.

                After the 2008 elction we won three othersbethe inagruation.

                I know that by Kae NOT being abl to fulfill the DNC chair's positon till AFTER he left Gov-ship hurt. I also think the Dem base was boneafter the 2 yr long campaign and w just wantedo savor victory for awhile.

                We had very bad candidates in Virgnia and Mass--anadmittedly again, I thik the 'base". was tired.

                Well, if anyone can stand more years of GOP Congress and can't put disappointments aside, I fee sorry for ya.

                I liveda very long life, first voted in 1968 for Humphry so I've a lot of disappointment my time. In NOWAY do I EVER WANT other GOP anything, but then t appears many here don't care any longer,

                I just hope that some how those folks find some peace n and will work for a better future withe Democrats.

                I PROMISE everyone that ALL people do much better when he Democrats are in control that exerience keeps me going.

                I hope some consider us oldsters expereinces atake time to rethink it all, hoding your noses while doing it.

                This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

                by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:22:28 PM PDT

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                •  Many DO care, and many (1+ / 0-)
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                  Gay CA Democrat

                  wished to God that RFK had lived to challenge Humphrey in '68...what a fucking waste...

                  Be that as it may, there's always hope...as RFK himself said:

                  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

                  The Dems, for all their foibles, are still the party which is seeking the public good more than the GOP.  Always.  

                  When the storm blows hard you must stand firm, for it is not trying to knock you down, it is trying to teach you to be strong. Lakota saying

                  by dizzydean on Sat May 15, 2010 at 08:02:55 PM PDT

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  •  Democrats were in trouble as early as Dec 2008 (1+ / 0-)
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    ParkRanger

    And everyone in the blogosphere laughed and said that the GOP was dead forever.  The GOP is never dead.  They come back every fucking time.  Democrats need to be on their toes and looking over their shoulder all of the time when they are in power.  All Democrats should be ashamed for the way they were asleep at the switch in 2009 as the Republicans rebuilt in one of the quickest resurrections in political history.  Never again.  

    •  I give more credit to the Tea Party (1+ / 0-)
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      Wary

      The GOP really hasn't done much other than ride their coattails for past year. Take away the Teabaggers and the Republicans have done pretty much nothing at all.

      Once unemployment starts to lower some more, the GOP (and the Tea Party) won't have much to run on.

    •  It's called 'transformation" (0+ / 0-)

      That's era we're in.

      The GOP didn't recreate itself, iuschange the nae of their strategy from the southern strategy to the 'tea party"

      It's the same old tactics--different name is all.

      This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. Barack Obama

      by Wary on Sat May 15, 2010 at 05:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  The Democrats' fortunes turned south in the late (0+ / 0-)

      fall of 2009. Even though their candidates in VA and NJ ran bad campaigns, when they could not effectively get an HCR bill passed, it set everything in motion. Then Scott Brown won in MA because Martha Coakely acted like KKT's long lost sister and a lost a race that she should have won easily. Then there were also several unexpected late retirements and candidates who bowed out of running like Beau Biden.

  •  Thanks Gay Dem, I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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    Gay CA Democrat

    I loved your diary.

    We are each creating the world we want to live in.  I have a choice about what I think and the actions I take.  None of us have to let anyone else's anger or dissatisfaction -- from the right or left -- keep us from taking responsibility for our own life and the choices we make. As far as I'm concerned, I'm the only one responsible for the life I lead. To me that's freedom.

    So right now my choice is to pick strong, liberal Dems around the country and support them to the best of my ability.  To call my senators, Bayh and Lugar, about everything that is important to me. And to counter misinformation in my family or people I speak to every day.  And absolutely to vote.

    I'm 62. I was a lifelong independent and voted in every single election for the best person.  Now I'm a democrat and will vote for a democrat if I think they will do a good job, if not they don't get my vote but no one else will either.  And I let Republicans from the state level to federal know that I will not vote for them as long as the GOP is acting against the interests of the people of this country.  And if I'm don't live in the right place to vote or not for that GOPer and they have a good Democrat running against them, I tell the Republican when I contribute to the Democrat.  I'll do whatever I can.

    I have no interest in spending my days in misery and bitterness about anything -- what a waste.  I have a choice about what I do with my thoughts and actions and there are always good actions, good causes and good results to be a part of.  Always!

    I don't even want to think about what it would be like with John and Sarah at the helm or any of those other idiots now in the Republican party.

    Great diary! Thank you.

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

    by ParkRanger on Sat May 15, 2010 at 06:15:05 PM PDT

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      Thanks for taking the time to read what I wrote. There are so many diaries here it's hard to know if me adding another one to the bunch is helpful to anyone. I'm grateful.

      •  It's very important to me (1+ / 0-)
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        I read very few of the diaries anymore.

        The first election I was politically aware of was Kennedy -- I think I was in the 6th grade.  I remember a newscaster saying he won by an average of 1 vote per precinct.  And look at how close the Bush/Gore race was.  

        I can't imagine someone thinking not voting is in any way a position of power.   The Republicans want liberals to be discouraged and not vote.  Even if there is only one good person, I vote, and there is always at least one.

        Thanks again for your diary.  I really enjoyed it.  

        "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

        by ParkRanger on Sun May 16, 2010 at 09:10:20 AM PDT

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  •  Y'know the best thing about voting in 2008? (1+ / 0-)
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    I actually voted for someone I believed in. Always before (admittedly, at 30 I've only had the chance to vote in two previous elections, 2000 and 2004 since  I did not register in time to vote in '96), and both times, I voted against someone. In '08, I actually voted for someone.

    I  guess you only get that chance once in a lifetime because in '12, I'll be back to voting against the other party. Such is life, I suppose, but it sucks.

    As a queer woman, I get to make a choice between the party that is openly misogynistic and homophobic (that would be the Republicans, for the record) and the party that is politically misogynistic and homophobic (that would be the Dems).

    You'd think, living in Texas, I would be used to it, but I suppose I'm still young enough to want to believe.

    •  I still believe in President Obama (0+ / 0-)

      but I totally understand why you feel it's going to be a matter of voting against the GOP. Me, I aim to be a realist above all else. I take one look at the Republicans and it's easy to see why I'm still a Democrat.

      Yes, the Democrats are far from perfect. But damn it, I don't need perfect people. I just need people who are willing to try. And the Democrats are making a better effort at trying to live up to their rhetoric than at any time in the past 25 years.

      I know they fall far short. But look at where we used to be compared to where we are now. My God, things are getting so much better. Let's never lose hope. Ever.

  •  I'm with you on this point. Vote Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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    or suffer unthinkable consequences under the Party of NO!

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      "Suffer unthinkable consequences" indeed. If I'd known how low Democratic voter turnout was going to be in 1994, I'd have spent several months before the Midterm Elections helping re-elect more Democrats. The post '94 Midterms Congress was one of the most devastating experiences for me as a Democrat.

      I have no desire to relive that horrific time of my life. Having the Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress was a disaster for the nation in so many ways. I mean, that GOP Congress was the one who initiated the infamous phrase "government shutdown" into our modern historical lexicon.

      It's very scary to me to try and contemplate what this even-farther-to-the-right group of Republicans could do to our government the 2nd time around. I suspect even the 1994 version of Newt Gingrich would be considered a leftist by the current GOP.

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    might fail therefore let's support the status quo.  This is a self-fulfilling prophecy for failure.  So is fear. "I'm so terrified of the possibility that GOP voting persons with (R) after their name might win that I will ensure that GOP voting persons with (D) after their name do win."  Sad.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -

    by enhydra lutris on Sat May 15, 2010 at 08:53:44 PM PDT

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