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I assume most of you say Nate Silvers 538 piece and its not good. Its alos not hopeless.

We are not going to hold the Senate by running away from the ACA and simply “debunking” Koch Brothers Adds. Its insanity to even think that. Using my Public Health Background and some research, I think I have a strategy that could work in South Dakota to Louisiana
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The Public supports Expanded Medicaid by huge margins  (65% in South Dakota for example)  In fact, there is not state where it is not popular.  In many of these “Red States” there are many uninsured and an organization called  The National Association of  Free Clinics
http://nafcclinics.org/...

The American Nurses Association supports the ACA Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the Country (more than Physhttp://nafcclinics.org/... icians) “Listen to the Nurses”
http://nursingworld.org/...

Suppose you are a Senator , up for reelection in one of these states where the political terrain is against you. Do your sit on your hands and “hope for the best” that public opinion with change? No get out and start fighting and change the theme of the campaign

Reach out to the  Free Clinic Association  and don’t do speeches and campaign stops Do Health Fairs.  Reach out to the unisnsured and the Nurses
Establish a center where services can be provided and make your case that the  Clinics are there until people can enroll and Free existing conditions will no longer be a problem!
Invite the Nurses to speak  and “Challenge your opponent: Why do you oppose Preexisting conditions, Why do you want college children to remain to no lingered be covered.? Be Proactive.
Do you want these people to die? What about Death Camps? If the “deficit” is brought up, remind folks the deficit is going down This is not about “Obamacare, its about the health of our citizens. Will it work? Maybe , Maybe not but you will improve your standing in the community . Nate Silvers predicts a slight GOP Win so  this only has to turn 2-3 states around. In the meantime, you provided a much needed service and were able to educate the public.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 05:19:00 AM PDT

  •  Couldn't agree more. (4+ / 0-)
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    salmo, Livvy5, trkingmomoe, sulthernao

    Amazing how the Republicans and the crazy right have owned this issue.

  •  Our strategists appear to be spectators this time (3+ / 0-)

    The basic strategy for those who appear to be losing these sorts of public policy debates is to expand the scope of the conflict.  That is exactly what we on the Democratic side need to do, especially because the overwhelming majority of the voting public actually favor the Democratic policies when polled individually.  Expanding Medicaid is a good example of a policy issue where voters are telling Democrats they want to be on our side, if only we can find a way to motivate voters to get off their couches and get out to the voting booths in numbers sufficient to win.

    The passivity of Democrats nationally, and the lack of effective message discipline to lead the conversation about those policies is striking as Republicans seek to set the terms of the debate for the elections later this year.  We do have skilled political strategists, as demonstrated in 2012.  So, where are they?  Why are they spectators at this point?  As the Republicans are showing us, setting a national frame and reinforcing their candidates' definitions at this point in the campaign is basic political competence.  They're bringing their base along, pushing their crazies away from the microphone, and shoring up the Wall Street part of their coalition.  We're countering that, apparently, with a "you're on your own" message to Senatorial candidates like Maine's Sheena Bellows, who are doing their best with what are instead helicopter campaigns - no wings.  If we stay on that course, Nate Silver will have been right.

    •  So take matters into your own hands (1+ / 0-)
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      sulthernao

      and don't wait. Change the forum. We have the public health information. We have the Nurses. For God's sake use them.

      a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

      by Jamesleo on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:34:33 AM PDT

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  •  Yeah, they'll have (0+ / 0-)

    to wotk hard

    •  As much as I want the Democrats to win (1+ / 0-)
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      Skyye

      if you can't fight for your position; if You can't defend what you do, do you deserve it. Why are we such wimps? Why do we just "wait for the GOP to screw up" hoping they will say some racist, anti "war on women" remark that we can use to go after them instead of going out there and defending what we believe.
      Everybody gets mad at the Chent Uglars (Young Turks) and the Ralph Naders who claim "we are useless" but sometimes "can you really blame them" This is an embarrassment.

      a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

      by Jamesleo on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:11:48 AM PDT

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