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As we near crunch time on respecting the recent election results, how can we deter Democrats from defecting?

A.    Key context:

1. Primary challenges to defecting Democrats will need to be mounted ASAP, when their defections are still open wounds.

2. The more (and earlier) money is mobilized against potential defectors, the more they will be deterred from actually defecting, and the stronger and earlier progressive challengers can be recruited against actual defectors.

C.    To do now:

In order to immediately build a credible threat of strong early challenges, Dkos and/or other organizations could organize:

1. now: solicitation of pledges (and immediate contributions) of cash (with a cool thermometer keeping track of totals), and

2. a month into the new term: a vote by contributors to select the most (or first, second and third most) egregious defector.

If 3 are selected, then funds could be allocated per a pre-agreed formula.
For example:
spend the first 300K to oppose the most egregious;
spend the next 200K to oppose the second most egregious;
spend the next 100K to oppose the third most egregious, and
spend the remainder at a 3:2:1 ratio.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Excellent Idea! (0+ / 0-)

    Let's take control of the mid-terms now. We don't have to identify candidates to run, but we can point out the defections to the Voters until someone gets organized and meets our Progressive criteria. Number 1 being,"Never Side with the Republicans on an up and down vote".

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 05:39:52 AM PST

    •  Current defections most urgent to deter; later all (0+ / 0-)

      For now it is most urgent to deter defections during the lame duck and first few weeks of the new session.  

      The second quarter of next year would be the ideal time to start supporting early recruits to ensure that all Republicans and most Blue Dogs have a challenger from early in their term.

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