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Below is a diary that I published here back in January of this year.  I have copied it in its entirety.  I think the message I was hoping to send then is even more germane now.  I truly believe that, in order to be a successful political force in this country, progressive must stay committed to the political process with the understanding that we are in this for the long haul.  Here it is:

   I've written here before about the small industry group meetings I had last year with Jim Inhofe, our crazy Senator from Oklahoma. He assumed that everyone at those meetings was "friendly to the cause" as he likes to say. Some of the things Inhofe said were truly amazing. The guy is nonsensical, anti-science, misogynistic (context in which I wrote about this before) and overall, just crazy. Worse yet, and contrary to my prior thoughts on this matter, I don’t think he’s putting on an act or that he is just saying this stuff to get a rise from the rest of us rational human beings. He truly believes what he says.
   Anyway, in these meetings, he constantly talked about "the country needing to just hang on until November 2010".   According to Inhofe, it is then that the GOP will take back control of the House and make significant gains in the Senate.

   As support for this belief, Inhofe cited to a metric he had formulated under Clinton which he called the "libral dissatisfaction quotient" or number or something.  He said this number was higher than it ever was under Clinton and that its trajectory all but assured that a significant portion of "librals" would simply abandon the political process prior to 2010, "like they always do".   With a devilish grin and an evil laugh that would give Pat Buchanan goose bumps, Inhofe explained how easy it is to demoralize "librals" and make them disillusioned.  He then went on to add that "librals" will never accomplish anything in this country politically because "they don't have the guts for it and just like to cry about things all the time".

   I'm a "libral" progressive and Jim Inhofe is not right about me.  Also, I truly believe he is not right about the vast majority of progressives in this country.

   I understand that the political success is measured in decades, not years.  Politics is a long-term process and victory goes to those who understand the value of diplomatic outreach and the ability to influence the long-term trend of a Party.  In this regard, it's my goal to get true progressives elected as the Democratic candidate and I work my ass off trying to do that (I’ve succeeded twice in a very conservative red state).  If I fail, I'll support the Democratic candidate as best I can 99 times out of 100 (I won’t do it if the Dem candidate is clearly more conservative that the GOP) and I will stay engaged in the political process.  I know my efforts within the Party will engender loyalty and respect which will further enhance my ability to make the Party more progressive.

   I've had some glorious progressive victories within the Party over the years.  And yes, I've also had some setbacks that have been so painful it physically hurt.   I'm nonetheless going to continue to work my ass off to get more true progressives to run as Democrats.  If they win, that’s great.  If they lose or if I'm not entirely happy with the policy objectives of the current Democratic leaders, I'll strongly but respectfully voice my objections.  I'm not, however, going to piss in the water and cause internal strife within the Party.  Simply put, the last thing I'm going to do is whine and cry about how the Party has failed me and threaten to take my ball home - absolutely nothing constructive results from this.

   Jim Inhofe is not right about me and don’t let him be right about you.

Again, I say, Jim Inhofe is not right about me.

I understand that in order to have any chance at political success in the long term I must work with progressives and moderates to move our agenda further.  Inch by inch, day by day, and one race at a time.  I'm not going to nitpick my Party and foment discord and conflict among my fellow progressives and within my party - especially during this election season. I'm going to get out there and support my candidates with my all energy and all my resources.  I'm going to do everything I can to defeat this crazed right-wing hoard.  I hope you do too.

I hope Jim Inhofe is not right about you.

Please do whatever you can to GOTV today and tomorrow. If we get out the vote, we can make a huge difference tomorrow - many of these races are that close. We cam win them.  We can shove Jim Inhofe's "libral dissatisfaction quotient" up his you-know-what.  

Originally posted to JCPOK on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:35:20 AM PDT

  •  Inhofe's 100% right (ouch). (5+ / 0-)
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    eeff, TLS66, MadGeorgiaDem, Rich in PA, moonpal

    This phenomena has occurred repeatedly in the Democratic Party over the last 40 years.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:42:33 AM PDT

    •  We don't like to fight and claw and lie (0+ / 0-)

      like the other side.

      Republicans are more authoritarian and so, chafe when others are not under some yoke so they are motivated by anger, which is motivating to me too, I clean when angry.

      But most DEMS are DEMS because we are live and let live types, we hate sustained anger that moves elections.

    •  Unfortunately it's true... (3+ / 0-)
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      lordcopper, Magick Maven, ETF

      especially on DK with people ranting how they are through with Obama, with the Democrats, yada, yada, yada.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:52:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Democrats are so inept and predictable... (2+ / 0-)
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    lordcopper, moonpal

    ...that even Jim Inhofe, who wouldn't break 50% on any aptitude test, has us figured out.  

    The most impressive thing about man [...] is the fact that he has invented the concept of that which does not exist--Glenn Gould

    by Rich in PA on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:45:35 AM PDT

  •  Fixed (2+ / 0-)
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    eeff, JCPOK

    I've written here before about the small industry group meetings I had last year with Jim Inhofe, one of our crazy Senators from Oklahoma.

    "I trust that you will continue to let me and other Democrats know when you believe we are screwing up." - Barack Obama

    by GreenSooner on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:54:42 AM PDT

  •  Too bad the elected Democrats have not figured it (1+ / 0-)
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    out yet.  Base dissatisfaction happens when our elected officials forget their promises on the campaign trail and render their voters speechless and feeling a bit betrayed by their inability to use super majorities in both houses to accomplish real change.  Long haul, yes I agree, as someone who has already been in it for the long haul, over 30 years of activism, and who just watched my party squander away the unbelievable opportunities (super majorities in both houses) and present us with compromise bills when we were the only one compromising.  Progress in the Democratic party has the speed of a tortoise, can we at least ratchet it up a bit?

    Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. Harry Truman

    by temptxan on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:54:54 AM PDT

  •  Nice (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for reposting a great diary.

    I'll do something to help.

    I'm just an ant in the army of the Amateur Left

    by eeff on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:55:28 AM PDT

  •  Coddlers of Big Business (0+ / 0-)

    One problem liberals have with getting out to vote is the choices given. Often the choice is between a right wing extremist coddler of big business and a slightly left of center coddler of big business. From this point of view Obama's problem is not being too far to the left. It is not being far enough to the left. It is difficult to keep voting for people who won't make things better just to keep things from getting worse.

  •  Jim "I'm above the law" Inhofe pulled a real (0+ / 0-)

    bone-headed stunt on Oct. 21st when he landed on a closed runway and later left the airport by taking off on a taxiway.  If it was my license, I could just kiss it goodbye but he is above all that:

    I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps himself in the Constitution than someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps himself in the flag! Ivins

    by SomeStones on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 03:23:51 PM PDT

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