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Why should one be fearful of embracing working poor and working middle class centric policies? Why would a candidate play on the other party’s narrative if deep within you know you have the moral narrative? Two politicians seem to be realizing that making the effort to connect to the masses on their own narrative is the way to victory.

Earlier this week Clay  Aiken announced he was running for Congress. He is challenging Congresswoman Renne Ellmers (R-NC) in North Carolina’s 2nd district. It is a fairly Republican district. One would expect Clay Aiken to run away from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He has not. In fact he has adopted a very populous tone with southern sensibilities.

Charlie Crist took it a step further. Charlie Crist was on the Daily Rundown today that likely shocked everyone who has watched Democrats cower when asked about a progressive agenda, let alone an association with President Obama.

Charlie Crist came out swinging. Chuck Todd in his every more apparent appeasement of the Right, attempted to give Governor Rick Scott credit for Florida’s unemployment rate drop. Charlie Crist would have none of it. He boomeranged Rick Scott Obama embrace attack by embracing it. Christ said categorically that the improvement was a result of President Obama’s stimulus. He even said he was grateful to the President during the interview.

But it would get better. Charlie Crist channeled Congressman Alan Grayson. "About a million of my fellow Floridians are not getting health care today.” Charlie Crist said. “And I am told by friends at SIEU that means that six people in Florida die every day as a result of that. Every day." When Chuck Todd came to the defense of Rick Scott by claiming that factual statement was a “tough allegation,” Charlie Crist did not back down.

“That’s right,” Charlie Crist said. "If people are sick, and they aren't getting health care, what happens? They usually get sicker, or they die. … In addition to it, it is economically stupid."

Democrats will not win in 2014 trying to be Blue Dogs. They will win by telling Americans why they deserve to be elected. They will win by adopting policies Americans want and narrative they define, not one defined for them by the Right.



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  •  Good points. But when do we start blaming those... (0+ / 0-)

    ...who vote against their self-interests or abstain?


    ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:05:18 PM PST

    •  People who are being abused cannot stand up (0+ / 0-)

      for themselves. That's because abuse merely aims to injure, not kill. So, when a victim of injury offers resistance, he risks inflicting more injury on himself and becoming the abuser's tool. When there's abuse (deprivation, austerity, secrecy, injury) on the agenda, the only proper response is an intervention. Democrats promising not to hurt as much are not reassuring. Might as well the devil you know as the one you don't.

      "What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger," is a lie. It is a lie designed by abusers to give them a pass and prevent outside interference.

      http://hannah.smith-family.com

      by hannah on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:54:27 PM PST

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  •  Yeah, he's been taking Grayson lessons. But (1+ / 0-)
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    You know, this reminds me of a story I heard about how politicians think. It talked about how they can go from one position to another and be so firmly convinced of each position that they almost forget that they once held the opposite view.

    George Wallace used to be a moderate on the segregation issue until advisers told him that he would win if he embraced segregation.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:48:23 PM PST

    •  Truth is that it's not possible to lie about the (0+ / 0-)

      future or even one's own intent, because circumstances might change everything. If we insist that politicians tell us stories about what they intend to do, then we're going to be fed fictions.
      That said, separation and segregation are apparently very popular concepts. And, when you come to think of it, the melting pot is not an attractive place to be. Being separate brings with it the illusion of independence, integrity, privacy and non-interference. That's attractive.
      I say "illusion," because, whatever the expected result, separation and segregation are essentially coercive. Whether it's beans or people, segregation involves manipulation and, while that helps us to classify and identify and remember defining characteristics, applying force to people is wrong because it conflicts with their natural essence as mobile organisms. Restraint, we have decided, is only appropriate when a person's behavior is injurious to someone else. That is, restraint is the proper response to crime. Which, obviously, doesn't mean it can't be improperly applied. In fact, U.S. history is replete with examples of legal restraints being applied in the interest of someone else's convenience. And sometimes that convenience is nothing more than a desire to assuage an irrational fear (e.g. gated communities).

      http://hannah.smith-family.com

      by hannah on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:09:35 AM PST

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  •  "embrace" is a very good word. (2+ / 0-)
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    humphrey, TheDuckManCometh

    I hope we use it a lot more. It's actually way better than "hug," which rhymes with bug and lug and tug and even drug.

    It goes nicely with "ephemeral" and even "euphemism" e-words for the electronic age.

    Clay Aiken, btw, is making abuse the issue, rather than death. That's good because death is inevitable, but it need not be premature. Which is what abuse leads to -- premature death. That's what the ACA is designed to address.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:16:02 AM PST

  •  I must say, Crist looked really good in that (0+ / 0-)

    exchange.

    And he made Chuck Todd look pretty bad.

    Chances are good that Crist will be the next governor of Florida, imo.

    Tipped and recced.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:39:37 AM PST

  •  Playing offense (2+ / 0-)
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    TheDuckManCometh, Capt Crunch

    I guess it's because Crist was a Republican. They understand you don't want play on your opponents terms.

    I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Barbara Jordan

    by Lcohen on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:25:23 AM PST

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