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Really, I don't know what the deal is w/ you coastal Dems. Frankly, I'm a bit tiffed. Did you not see how we won states like IN, or are going to win VA? What precisely did you think ... that we could stand back and do nothing while the public option was in play? (Yeah, we lost that one, but at least all five IN congresspeople voted for it back in '10).

I realize that it's easy to abandon us. We have a serious Senate race here in IN. There are also major Senate races going on in VA, MT, and WI. What are YOU doing for them?

The thing that really PISSES me off about Kos, is that so many of you aren't going to get out there and WORK. We NEED you to work. The studies show that if you talk to your neighbors, and are willing to make a few calls, then this makes all the difference in the world.

Now I love to watch Rachel (Maddow) and Chris (Mathews) and Chris Hayes as much as you all do. But - stated as a RED STATE DEMOCRAT - and a proud Indiana veteran of the Obama win in '08 ... I gotta say, why are you not making calls? You can do it over the 'net for the DNC, or the Obama campaign, or your own Sen candidate. What is the situation w/ your house candidate.

Why in the world are you blathering, and NOT WORKING for us Dems?? What's your excuse. We need person-to-person contacts, the research shows that this is what makes the most difference. I don't give a hoot what makes YOU feel better - what you have to do is what makes our party most effective.

We, here, in Indiana ... will sadly have to live under Mike Pence as our new Gov.

Can you please make some calls for our President? Can you please accept this appeal from a red state Democrat? So many people knocked doors within an inch of their lives here in the home of the KKK.

It's time to get out there and make a difference.

If we could win Indiana in '08 for Barack, then you can do something too. Besides posting here.

I wish we had a site for Red State Dems. Our situatoions are different. We need support. I don't know why we have to do this, like we're some kinds of dwarves who labor in the dark. I'm totally tired of that. It's time to recognize us as equals. We have done great work in the past, what's wrong with us?

Originally posted to Raj47905 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM PDT.

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  •  Feel sorry for you but not too sorry, I'm in TN (4+ / 0-)

    and our Democratic leadership found a way to screw up our Senate Primary.  Corker was a guy who won by only 2% back in 06 and now he walks in unopposed.

    At least you have a some guys to pull for and can say your state went blue in 2008.

    Sucks being Dem in a red state.

    "Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot." - Grandpa Simpson

    by ourhispanicvoices on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26:50 PM PDT

    •  sorry (2+ / 0-)
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      radarlady, ardyess

      You make a good point ... I can't believe the Dem TN party isn't running anyone against Corker?? Shoot.

      I wish there was a place for us. I almost started a site last year. I feel for you, and everyone.

      We barely won IN, and now it's back to sigh it's roots. So we're dead and buried, just like you :/

    •  As an AZ Dem, I commiserate too (0+ / 0-)

      Dailykos is too consumed with Schadenfreude these days. It feels good, but I think we should have other priorites right now... Donating, calling, helping to GOTV across the country.

      People forget that though we did get Obama in... What happened? oh yeah, the republicans blocked and filibustered almost everything they could for 4 yrs...  

      So let me turn the tables on this diary and say two things

      1)  Hey Raj -I know all about how it sucks to have a terrible Governor and state leg. However,  I hear you have a very close senate race in IN.  What are you doing to help  that race?  Maybe you could do some diaries on kos highlighting the race, and getting people fired up to donate?
      2) How do you know people aren't calling for Obama from CA?

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

      by biscobosco on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:19:58 AM PDT

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  •  Raj, allow me to make a few recommendations.. (6+ / 0-)

    Well, let me preface it by saying I completely respect where you're coming from. Those of us in New York and California have our biases and the comfort of knowing our states will never be run by total nutjobs. Indiana Democrats have no such comfort.

    You're raising the alarm, however, in the wrong way. Going to war against where, unfortunately for you it must be said, most Democrats actually live.

    I'd suggest a more information oriented approach. Build an information blog right here at Daily Kos with solid writing. Build a following and start covering issues with care and dedication.

    I'd think you'd be more worried about Donnelly right about now because Obama is a shoe in. Maybe write that race up with plenty of local flavor and perhaps you'll get some positive response.

    Build it and they will come.

    •  Does Donnelly even want Obama's help... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't have a sense of how much overt help some of these Senate candidates (Donnelly, Tester, McCaskill) want in their states.  They may want help with GOTV efforts but ads and appearances with President Obama... that may hurt more than help in some places.

      Now that Obama may dabble in Arizona, it's possible OFA will also look into Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, and South Carolina and I would be quite happy with that.  Being next to Illinois, you must have a good number of field offices... many more than, say, Utah or Kentucky.  And as in 2008 you should have a bunch of Illinois OFA volunteers flooding your state.  Maybe that's not what's happening now but I think we'll see a bit more activity after the debates.  Good luck with the Senate race. Donnelly is a much better fit for Luger's seat than that idiot the GOP is running.

      The most dangerous... programs, from a movement conservative's point of view, are the ones that work the best and thereby legitimize the welfare state. Krugman

      by BasharH on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:24:47 AM PDT

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      •  Indiana Democrats have an approach avoidance (1+ / 0-)
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        conflict with moving forward.  It will happen from within eventually is my bet.  There are some amazing young leaders coming to the fore but until they have a chance to make their mark there will be resistance to owning being a Democrat.  Its hard when you support the President and our candidates tell you to your face they don't want to be associated with him.  I try to help all candidates but truly my heart is not in it when people try to play a part that makes being a Dem seem like its undesirable.

        It is what it is but that doesn't mean it will stay like this.  We are learning how to be really empowered volunteers and that's got to lead to something good.

  •  What is really needed right now (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, biscobosco

    more than ever..... is Howard Dean back with his 50 state strategy...... and I think more than anything that helped O put IN in his column.  I think that I can say here that Obama abandoning Howard Dean and not continuing with the 50 state strategy was a big mistake by him, and cost the dems the 2010 elections.

    With that said, I basically agree with you raj.  But then there's sort of been a fly in the ointment here, and that is we are now in the days of Citizen's United  And the O team just can't be quite as daring maybe as they like, knowing that there's billions and billions of $$$$$ ready to unload on him with the slightest misstep.  Thankfully, so far, it's been rmoney misstep after misstep after misstep in this race..... and even after all of this rmoney disasters, he really still isn't quite out of the race, is he?

    People need to get rid of CU, and get back to the HD 50 state strategy...... and at least then we'll have a chance to start curbing and even minimalizing this exponential increase in batshitbrainism that we've had to encounter the last four years!

    All the best my friend.

  •  Bloomington and Indy Turnout Should Be Focus (1+ / 0-)
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    If all the registered Democrats in Indianapolis, and in Bloomington, that university town hot bed of liberalism nestled in the hills of South Central Indiana, would get off their tushes and go vote a straight Democratic Ticket, there might be a shot at a margin of victory again.

    Especially for taking by the House nationwide this year, GOTV efforts by Democrats not only in Indiana, but nationwide, should be the primary focus now.

    In fact, polls suggest that the Tea Party idiot running for the Senate, Murdoch, is in a neck to neck tie with the Democratic candidate, Donnelly. So if Democrats would get out and vote, they could potentially help increase control of the Senate by Democrats.

    Frankly, if those who vote Democratic do not use this opportunity to not only re-elect Obama in an electoral landslide, and provide coat-tails to Democratic House candidates, then whatever pain, suffering, and misery we will still have to endure thanks to GOP obstructionism will have been well earned, and deserved.

    In person early voting in Indiana starts Oct 9th. Which is also the last day to register to vote.

    Be there.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 03:41:14 AM PDT

  •  I for one have not ignored IN (0+ / 0-)

    I pushed to win seats in IN in 2006 and 2008. Played more defensive in 2010, I admit, but this year I include Indiana in both my House and Senate Act Blue sites. Not to mention Virginia. So I've raised some cash for your guys. And welcome more! I'd love to see both fundraising pages break $2000.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 04:38:25 AM PDT

  •  OFA is concentrating on swing states (1+ / 0-)
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    In IL we were told we were only phone banking for IA.
    I entirely agree with your sentiments but the Dem establishment has written deep red areas off. It's all about winning.

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