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A Resolution to Benefit the United States of America and the Democratic Party

WHEREAS, it was the 50-state strategy of the Democratic National Committee under former Chairman Howard Dean that enabled the Democrats to retake Congress in 2006 and paved the way for enhanced gains of the Obama wave of 2008;

WHEREAS, the Democrats dropping the 50-state strategy after Obama's election in 2008 coincided with the SuperPAC-funded and astroturfed Tea Party movement to enable Republicans to retake the House and take over state legislatures installing and seemingly entrenching Tea Partisans who have no interest in good faith bipartisan negotiations;

WHEREAS, it is a choice by the Democrats to abandon the 50-state strategy and no longer allocate resources, run candidates, or otherwise engage in efforts to offer the voters in the reddest red state districts an alternative to the Republican Party or even expose them to a message that conflicts with their right-wing bubble;

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party abandoning the 50-state strategy has been bad for the Democratic Party in terms of electoral success;

WHEREAS, the Senate has been more successful than the House in retaining its electoral majorities and even making gains to the extent that the Democrats in the Senate look to all 50 states to try to obtain a majority;

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party abandoning the 50-state strategy has been bad for the Democratic Party in terms of ease of governing whilst in power; AND

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party abandoning the 50-state strategy has been bad for the citizens of the United States and the governance of this nation and it is our obligation as civic-minded political actors to help restore order to the political process.


Henceforth, the Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and, most importantly, Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee do hereby agree to the immediate reinstatement of the 50-state strategy to compete in every district and support the development of the Democratic Party on the local level with the idea that such investments will lead to future federal and national success and better put the party in terms with the concers of citizens at the grassroots level.

I make a motion that we accept this resolution.

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  •  You have a second, third and fourth! (8+ / 0-)

    And long live Governor (Should have been president) Howard Dean.

  •  absolutely... (13+ / 0-)

    ...and a new, improved 50-state strategy would be a 435-disttict strategy (whereby we contest each and every Congressional District in the country, no matter how red). That would cover all 50 states and bring this to a grassroots level.

    •  Bingo! eom (1+ / 0-)
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    •  If Our Ideas Are Really Better (7+ / 0-)

      and if we're honest in our commitment, then there is no such thing an invulnerable, gerrymandered, district.

      The beauty of the 50 State Strategy, was its ability to activate neighbors in darkly red districts who had grown used to hearing that even an attempt at an effort was futile. Before it got shut down, we all know we were starting to see a real awakening, and it wasn't just because Bush was so bad.

      It was because Democrats were suddenly hopeful...and getting organized!

      With or without the DNC, I honestly feel it will happen again. It would just be a lot easier with the DNC back on board.

  •  And you have a fifth! (10+ / 0-)

    Being a Democrat here in Kansas, we will need some help from the national party in our fight against Koch brothers and their bought and paid for staff in Topeka. You would be amazed how many Kansans don't want any part in Gov. Brownback's vision for a "conservative utopia" in the Sunflower state. It's time to fight back!

  •  Yes! Yes! Howard Dean is the face that has been (7+ / 0-)

    too infrequently seen and heard on the progressive side in this debacle.  I hear the KS poster, and refer to a conversation this week with two fellow employees scared to death of Obamacare.  The had the talking points down pat they had heard, and those points were powerful in their minds only because there has been no effective counterpoint provided for them.  I felt them shift some in perspective that doom was certain as we chatted.  Here in TN, as red a state as there is for the moment, it is obvious these citizens are reachable and persuadible.  They are not stupid.  They need to be hearing the real facts on television and radio.  There has been so very little for individuals to tie onto for individual conversations.  Bring back Howard, or at least his approach to managing a 50 state effort on these huge issues.

  •  This very site rejected the Blue Dog Caucus... (4+ / 0-)

    and celebrated their demise.  And the only type of Democrat that could be elected in most of the seats held by moderate Republicans today are Blue Dogs.  

    Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers -

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:02:17 AM PDT

    •  The Blue Dog Caucus was not grassroots (5+ / 0-)

      They were propped up by outside corporate money and did not take the progressive message to their districts to actually grow the Democratic Party and spread its viewpoint.

      That is the 50-state strategy I am talking about here.

      •  No grassroots progressive is going to win (2+ / 0-)
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        Theodore J Pickle, Aquarius40

        current Republican held seats.   The best you are going to get is a corporatist Dem that is decent enough on social issues.  

        Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers -

        by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:22:39 AM PDT

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        •  I cannot disagree more strongly. (3+ / 0-)
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          TheUnknown285, CroneWit, codairem

          A 'corporatist Dem that is decent enough on social issues',IS a Republican.
          Real populist ,issue driven politicians that represent the interests of the majority of their constituents in plain spoken language devoid of dogma would be welcomed by many,including those presently captured by the false populism of the teabaggers.
          The Democratic party either has a historic obligation to the principles that produced the policies of the New Deal,New Frontier,and Great Society or it can continue it's slide into a Clintonian 'New Dem' neo-liberal party dominated by the interests of Wall Street,transnational corporations,and the 1% representing the 'ownership society' that Republicans traditionally inhabit.Your eagerness to capitulate to sell out compromise based on inaccurate partisan framing of issues,would (at best) deliver Pyrrhic victory ,much better to re articulate our message to connect to a generation of citizens looking for real answers to their economic and social concerns that transcends bumper sticker ideology.
          The worst result of the rightward tilt in the political spectrum is not (unfortunately) the  insanity of the Republican bomb throwers,but that the Democrats have been drawn so far right themselves, that voters are confused by Republican words coming from (supposedly) Democratic mouths.

          'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A.Einstein

          •  Who do you think will VOTE for (1+ / 0-)
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            these new found Dems?  And why haven't they been ELECTED by now?

            "...that voters are confused by Republican words coming from (supposedly) Democratic mouths."

            SO, you think it's all about the message and that voters are too stupid to understand Dems from Repub?  That all Dems have to do is get up on stage and start talking about the wonderous joys of the New Deal and the Great Society?  Oh, brother....

            •  So apparently YOU (1+ / 0-)
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              are moved by the conservative message already.
              Otherwise,what's your point?

            •  If you'd bothered to read the comment with even (1+ / 0-)
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              a minor element of curiosity or discernment,you would have noted that I said both DEMOCRATS and a large part of the electorate that is NOT served by either party at present would welcome someone who would address the real economic issues of their day to day life.They have not been 'ELECTED by now'(with the exceptions of Sanders,Warren, Grayson,and a few others) because by and large the present corporate control of both parties prevent them from RUNNING!
              People would love to see a real difference between the 2 shades of gray foisted upon them by the party of money and voter participation turnout figures are proof of that.
              I very much question what is becoming an increasingly small difference between 'Dems from Repubs' and whether that difference is meaningful to anyone but those stupid enough to buy into the 'horse-race' mentality framed by the MSM to distract citizens from anything that could make a real difference in their lives.

              'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A.Einstein

    •  Valid Concerns (3+ / 0-)

      IMHO the long view path leading to a Blue America starts with voting out Republicans and replacing them with Democrats, no matter how conservative.  This opens space for better Democrats to replace more Democrats, and ultimately good Democrats to replace the better Democrats.

      It's a long term strategy that surely will have its share of frustrations and betrayals, but I think it is the best shot we have.

      Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies have nothing to lose but their chains -Marx (-8.75,-8.36)

      by alain2112 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:56:59 AM PDT

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      •  Overall that's true (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't agree with the blue dogs but if they vote to organize the House and Senate with Democrats, then we're ahead.  It would get Boehner, Issa, et al out of their chairmanships.

        I don't think that only blue dogs can win in those states, in the long term at least, but it will take time to bring them around, so  we should fight a 50-state strategy with the best candidates we can get, in terms of a change at winning, in the most difficult districts.  In the bluer districts, we don't need no stinkin' blue dogs...

        •  Organisational Issues (1+ / 0-)
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          K S LaVida

          Boring but important stuff.

          If we had twenty five congresscritters who voted to elevate Speaker Pelosi instead of Speaker Boehner, we would be ahead of the game even if they voted en bloc with the Republicans on specific pieces of legislation.

          And I say that knowing full well that Blue Dogs can bite, as with the hard cases who so muddled the negotiations on the ACA.  It wasn't the Republicans who killed single payer.  Which is to say, there is never a simple technological fix - you always have to go with judgement and with preponderance of evidence.

          I agree that the 50 state strategy is a crucial part of the mix.  When lightning strikes, like it did in 2006, you need the foundation is place so you can move quickly to exploit your opportunities.

          Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies have nothing to lose but their chains -Marx (-8.75,-8.36)

          by alain2112 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 01:31:43 PM PDT

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  •  Did they really abandon it? (2+ / 0-)
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    Theodore J Pickle, Aquarius40

    I am not aware of this. On the contrary, it seems to me that the Pelosi Project, the DCCC, DNC, and other entities have been actively promoting a 50-state strategy. The problem has been getting good viable candidates, even in districts where they are likely to lose 70-30 to a Tea Partier after a brutal campaign.

    And of course trying to keep pace with the bottomless money-pits of the KochPACs.

    •  You bet they abandon the 50 state strategy (6+ / 0-)

      Obama kick Howard out and put in his place my former Governor and now VA Senator Kaine.

      Tim Kaine is a nice guy, but he lost the 2010 Congressional races by dropping the 50 state strategy at the direction of Obama.

      Make no mistake about the Democratic Party lack of backbone to fight for Universal Healthcare played a major part in their defeat in 2010. But when you target only safe Congressional seats to defend you chose to let the GOP win the others.

      We need to fight for every elected office from dog catcher or  school board opening, to the President.

  •  Governor Dean is helping the 50-state strategy (5+ / 0-)

    over here in Utah; there's a fantastic effort to get 40,000 new Democratic voters in Utah, and we're also starting to get better candidates to poke their head out and run.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:56:32 AM PDT

  •  I will support if it's... (2+ / 0-)
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    CroneWit, unfangus

    ... a 50 State Progressive Strategy.  I absolutely will not support any strategy that involves running a bunch of ConDems.  That strategy has been disastrous for us, as seen in 2010 where we had a party paralyzed by a cadre of conservative "Democrats" giving Republicans bipartisan veneer, muddling Democratic messaging, and sucking away limited party resources.  

  •  Absolutely bring it back (3+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, Odysseus, alain2112

    right down to the race for local dog catcher in Oklahoma.  Contest every single race.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 09:07:52 AM PDT

  •  And we need Dr. Dean as National Chairman. (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, alain2112

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 09:09:24 AM PDT

  •  My first real aggravation with this Obama WH (3+ / 0-)
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    CroneWit, codairem, alain2112

    ...was the feud between that piece of shit Rahm Emanuel and Howard Dean, which has still never been fully explained.   Dean has never gotten the credit he deserves from the Obama White House in my opinion.

  •  I disagree on this. The FACT of the (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, alain2112

    matter is there are some ares of the country where the BEST you'll be able to get is a Blue Dog.  The country is too polarized at this point.  Hell, we ran a moderate Dem for SC-01 and the idjits still chose Sanford!!!  What the  progressives on this site delude themselves into thinking is that everywhere in the country would be receptive to a progressive message.   I genuinely don't believe that the DNC, Pelosi et al. really want the Blue Dogs because they know, more than anyone, how much of a damn pain in the ass they are.  Most of the time, they cause more trouble than they're worth. BUT, depending upon what's at stake (i.e. Speaker Pelosi or Speaker Boner), it might be worth cajoling them.

    Understand, I'm NOT saying that Dems shouldn't run candidates in all states; I agree that we should be fielding candidates for the lowest local offices there are. But don't delude yourself into thinking they'll have a progressive agenda.

    Oh, and P.S.: if you haven't noticed, while Dean isn't a Republican, he's gone to the right in recent years much in the same way a corporate Dem would.

  •  50-state strategy has my vote! (0+ / 0-)

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