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Once again today's (2/20/12 3:07pm eastern) Daily KOS reads more like a republican cause.

Scanning the entries/items,   I see 10 things - not counting the Open Thread or Morning Digest.  Of those 10, all 10 were about republican candidates, positions or policy.

The Morning Digest was a single item about the republican pecadillo in Arizona.  The Open Thread had 16 links, 6 were basically republican themed.

For you keeping score at home, that is 17 republican theme/memes out of 27 total items.  Republican agenda is covered at a 76% rate on DailyKOS.

This is NOT the way to build enthusiasm for Democratic party policy and candidates.  Just being the "NOT republican" is not going to get it done.

People want action.   People want leadership.  People need inspiration.  

Cartoon snark and coverage of every bloviation of the right wing may be amusing - but seriously risk turning into the old Saturday Night Live debate parody where "Dukakis" listens to "Bush" babbling about 'stay the course' and reacts saying "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy!".   Then in real life - Dukakis got destroyed in the general election, setting the stage for much of our current misery.

If DailyKOS kommunity is any indication, then the Democratic ticket is in serious trouble.

Often I hear that despite his capitulation, accomodation and compromise, Obama has achieved major policy progress.   Why are those achievements not the focus of discussion?   What should we "netizens" in the "web roots" be marshalling to talk up at the local level to inspire confidence in Obama and down ticket candidates?  What will help motivate turnout?

The 2010 midterms should be a real wake up call.   Assuming that a not-republican position will be enough is assuming too much.  

We need some reasons.  We need some excitement.  We need more than:

Oh well,
what the hell,
Obama 2012

We need HOPE.  We need CHANGE.  We need something to rally for, to BELIEVE in.

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  •  The posts regarding the GOP are there because (1+ / 0-)
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    that is the nature of the news cycle; the Rethugs are having a clown car circus in the news cycle.

    Ignoring the circus, ignores the enemy.

    Considering the stakes in this election (existence of the middle class, at least), ignoring the enemy as it tears itself up, would not be wise.

    I would bet that when the primary show is done, the coverage is going to be very different.

    I do get your point and understand your frustration: I am just thinking there are real reasons beyond the folks here at DKos being distracted.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21

    by Thousandwatts on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 01:57:39 PM PST

  •  Primaries are healthy for debate (0+ / 0-)

    I realize that the coverage is because there are multiple paper right wing tigers out gassing hourly.

    while it would take some money, I still believe it would be better for the Democratic party to have had primaries as well.  Having multiple Democratic candidates debating policy and issues in a constructive, positive manner would have been good for the party, good for the policies and good for the politics.

    News organizations and blogs like KOS would have some Democratic stories to run and contrast to the right wing ones.   As it is now, it is all republican, all the time.

    By the time the RNC has its convention and announces the big surprise of a hand picked real contender, the DNC and Obama will be back on their heels reacting left to keep saying "what they are proposing is bad..."  

    Let's hope you're right and we see some inspiration coming soon.

  •  It's the role of the incumbent versus the role of (0+ / 0-)

    the challenger.

    the DNC and Obama will be back on their heels reacting left to keep saying "what they are proposing is bad...
    They get to tell us how wrong we have been doing it.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21

    by Thousandwatts on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 04:41:45 PM PST

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