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I wanted to diarize (is diarize a word?) my rant about the Democratic Party rolling over and playing dead in the recent special elections in north metro Atlanta, so that Kos Georgia people will see it.

We've got to do better than this.  Even the Libertarians competed for these seats.

Here's the link to my rant

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  •  Thanks for this (0+ / 0-)

    It may seem hopeless now, but unless we give up it won't always be.

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by MadRuth on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:30:10 AM PST

  •  I agree that Georgia Dems are fading away (3+ / 0-)
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    when we should be growing in influence. Demographics are changing in the state, and the old while male guard should be coming to an end. When I first moved to Georgia in '92 there were Democrats running at least for federal office, but this last election my congressman ran unopposed, at least in the general election. There was a Tea Party challenge in the primary which he survived.

    I've joined my county Democratic Party, but I'm still not sure how much I'll be able to do.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:20:39 AM PST

    •  Same in TX (2+ / 0-)
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      Democrats do not even file a full slate for available offices.  At least the Libertarians show up.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:53:55 AM PST

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      •  Yes, if Dems are not running Dems can't win (1+ / 0-)
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        Georgia and Texas are similar in a number of ways.  The old conservative and segregationist southern Democrats dominated the party until the Nixon era, and started jumping ship to the GOP, and the more the Democrats' statewide influence faded the more passive they got beyond local mostly urban areas.

        Given Texas's demographics I think the national party should be providing funds for field organizers, voter registration, and GOTV.

        In Georgia I think we are, and probably should be, on our own until the party shows some sparks of life.  Swinging Texas into the blue column could lock up the presidency for the Democrats permanently (or at least for all our lifetimes).  At the moment, unless the Democratic Party shows it can demonstrate a bit of zeal, pouring money into the party would be a waste.

    •  seeing all the uncontested seats is frustrating (3+ / 0-)
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      My own view is that joining the county party, and doing work at the precinct level, is a very important thing to be doing.  

      I wonder sometime if there's any coordination at all among the various Democratic Party entities.    Every time I do voluteer work, it was me who contacts them rather than them asking me to do stuff.  For the past forty years I've mostly worked on specific issues, or campaigned for specific candidates.  Only lately have I turned my attention to the party itself, mainly because I moved into Cobb County, where the GOP dominates on a county-wide basis.

      I'm optimistic for the long haul, but the fact that only Natalie Bergeron ran as a Democrat with 13 Republicans and Libertarians running was disappointing.

      We can't let that happen again.

      •  I agree. I've wondered that as well. Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        each county should a a liaison position to coordinate with other local parties and the state party as well.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:22:42 AM PST

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    •  You'd be amazed (2+ / 0-)
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      at what one more volunteer can do. OK, if you're just one more person at one doorknock, that's not making a big difference. Speaking as a local party chair, one more person who comes to the meeting and regularly volunteers for committees and projects is a big help. Someone who comes up with the ideas and offers to chair the committee and really run with it is absolutely invaluable.

      I decided at one point to show up to the local party meetings and volunteer for everything I could. That's how I ended up in charge. It's a lot of responsibility, but I also get a lot to say.

      Also keep in mind that while I'm in a blue district with a party that was strong when I got here, it didn't just appear. There are decades of work that got us here. Be patient, and be willing to just do better than you did before.  Be conscious of the value of each individual, and  the multiplier effect of one more active volunteer and one more successful project.

      •  Sound like really good advice. I hope (0+ / 0-)

        I'm up to it. I'm a little old lady. ;)

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:32:00 AM PST

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      •  Thanks eric (0+ / 0-)

        I've made a decision to get involved in party politics, mostly at the precinct level, this year.  In the past I've worked on a series of single issue campaigns, and on individual political campaigns.  I've decided that at this phase in my life involvement in the county party is what I can do to have the most impact.

        IOW I think your advice is good.

  •  Im from the metro Atlanta area (2+ / 0-)
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    And during the 2012 elections I saw a lot of Obama biden bumper stickers. Obama even made a fundraising swing here. The DNC needs to invest in Georgia. How can we make it happen?

  •  I read your link (0+ / 0-)

    and I understand your frustration. Even if those are red districts, you don't know what will happen in a special election when you make an effort. The minority sometimes wins just because they show up. If you think your party (I wasn't sure, but I inferred that you were referring to your state party) then maybe the local party has to take the initiative to offer help to the one Democratic candidate, even though it's a different district. My district did that, sending volunteers out of our safe district to swing districts, and we won a couple of those very narrowly. The effect might well have been to give our legislators from our safe district a majority to be part of. Fortunately our state Democratic party took special elections very seriously after the 2010 debacle, making a serious effort in a safely blue district in early 2011 just out of fear of another surprise. Maybe we would have won regardless, but it felt better to not take the chance. OS make sure you don't just blog about these special elections, but speak up to party officials. You can't build up a base of voters, volunteers, candidates, etc. when you don't run.

    And run for party office. Don't be content to just show up once in a while. At a local level, elections are often a matter of someone at the meeting volunteers to run, and everyone else elects them by acclimation. As a local party chair trying to fill openings, I'm really aware of this.

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