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If we turn out, we win. But we have lots of work to do on that front.
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Notable from House GOP press conf.: Not one of 5 GOPers mentioned ObamaCare in opening statements -- first time in as long as I can remember
Republicans continue to back away from Obamacare as an issue. ACA repeal has gone from the GOP's raison d'être this cycle, to hot potato. Problem for the GOP is, there isn't much they can fall back on.

They've got that whole "Reid is the devil, so vote for us so we can get rid of him," and people are like, "who"? "What"? They can get their hate on for Nancy Pelosi because she's a woman. Reid is a soft-spoken elderly white Mormon. Good luck turning him into Satan.

And then there are the issues, as the latest WaPo poll shows. Which party do respondents trust to cope with the nation's "main problems"? Democrats, 40-34. What about handling the economy? Democrats, 41-38. Health care? Democrats, 43-35. Immigration? Democrats, 40-34. Helping the middle class? Democrats, by a whopping 52-32. Women issues? Democrats by an even more whopping 55-25. Abortion? Democrats, 43-35. Gay marriage? Democrats, 45-31. Minimum wage? Democrats, 49-33. Climate change? Democrats, 47-29(!).  

Republicans win on a generic gun control question, 44-39 (not asked about things like background checks, that poll off the charts), the budget deficit 44-35, and cutting waste from government 45-38. If Republicans want to make the 2014 election about those things, good luck to them. But on every other issue of note, Democrats lead, and oftentimes lead big.

However, that same poll also shows Democrats with major electoral disadvantages. For example, Democrats lead 40-34 on immigration, but filter for only registered voters, and it's suddenly 37-37. Dems may lead 52-32 on the middle class questions among all adults, but among registered voters, it is ... 52-33. Okay, so it's not all doom and gloom.

Winning on the issues is the first part of winning November, but we also have to win the turnout battle. If we vote, we win. And right now, we've still got a great deal of work to do on that front.

Originally posted to kos on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:06 AM PDT.

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  •  People need hope and excitement. (31+ / 0-)

    Obama in 2008 provided both.  Yes, follow up and calls to GOTV are essential, but people need to be motivated.   Minimum wage helps, but there needs to be a motive to get our somewhat apathetic (in mid terms) voters to make the time to vote.  Rs do all they can to make voting difficult.  

    Many leftists here proclaim that the party has to move more left, and while I would like to see that for other reasons, this is more a "sizzle" issue instead of a "steak" issue.    

    Hate of African Americans and Obama in particular motivates Republican voters, and does the outrage machine of FoxNews.  But our voters are motivated more by hope.

    They have to believe.   Perhaps the Clintons can help, especially with many key senate races in the South.    

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:14:50 AM PDT

  •  Let's just get out and vote. (23+ / 0-)

    Here in Maine we are going to get out and vote for a gay man. Let's just vote. It's easy. It's not difficult. Just vote.


    by commonmass on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:16:43 AM PDT

    •  Not just us (4+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, Egalitare, Jon Sitzman, jrand

      Get out as many people as you can.

      Tell them it's crucial to vote.

      And start today.  Make sure people are registered to vote.  Make sure they know where to vote.

      Look to see if there are primaries coming up.

      And if they start to say, "My vote doesn't count," you can tell them the story of Alice's Restaurant.

      If one person walks into the shrink's office and says, "Shrink,  You can get anything you want, at Alice's restaurant." and walks out, the shrink is likely to think he (or she) is really sick and won't take him (or her).

       And if two people, two people do it, ...

      ... in harmony ...

      Sorry, I ramble.

      So, one vote may not count.  But 500,000 people who vote, one at a time, make a difference.

      And 5,000,000 people voting is almost like a revolution.

      "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

      by MikeTheLiberal on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:52:38 AM PDT

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  •  Take heart, and GOTV. nt (11+ / 0-)

    UNDELETE my socialist f*ckstick Markos!

    by T J Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:33:52 AM PDT

  •  Can we buy the Republicans more microphones? (9+ / 0-)

    That's the best strategy I can come up with to increase youth and minority turnout.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:42:56 AM PDT

  •  Oh....but there is (2+ / 0-)
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    Jon Sitzman, Drokkenian
    Problem for the GOP is, there isn't much they can fall back on.
    Aside from their collectively large flaccid WHITE ass, they can still fall back on

     - damaging the economy,

    - destroying jobs,


    - BENNNNNNGHAAZZZZIIIIRS (those 2 scandals merged), Teh GAAAAAAAYZZZZ,

    and other lame-brained, dull-witted dumbshit stuff they found to be important.

    ANd they are still outraged about the legalized Devil Weed.

    I wish they would tell more Americans how bad they are for smoking teh Pot and how committed they are to filling the private prisons of their large donors with harmless, innocent pot smokers.

    Plenty for these fucking morans to run on.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:45:12 AM PDT

  •  GOTV (2+ / 0-)
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    suka, VirginiaBlue

    Okay, it's about getting out the vote. The right has control of the media in a number of places and runs non-stop garbage ads attacking Democratic politicians and policies. People being harmed by their states' Republican policies hate and fear Democrats. How circumvent this? Concrete recommendations?

    Ginny Mayer, Ph.D. Democrat CA State Senate Candidate - SD-35 (Orange County)

    by Ginny Mayer on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:50:46 AM PDT

  •  How can we promote GOTV efforts, (8+ / 0-)

    especially in contested races?  I don't need to GOTV in my own district or even region, because I live in a blue, blue world.  But I would like to help mobilize Democrats in other parts of the country and am not sure how.  So far I have just given money directly to candidates, but I'd like to help more specifically with GOTV efforts.  

    I don't know how to do that, frankly.  I'd love to see some specific suggestions of organizations that focus on voter registration, voter mobilization and voter empowerment.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:51:22 AM PDT

  •  We need to bring the general to the particular (2+ / 0-)
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    suka, Jon Sitzman

    The particular Republican incumbent congresscritter voted to let insurance companies deny people who'd paid premiums for years on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

    It isn't enough to have people disagree with "The Republicans" on some issue where they might not know the Republican position. We have to tie the particular candidate with his particular, unpopular issue.

  •  Our candidates need to give us a reason to vote (4+ / 0-)

    I'm worried about my Congressman Kurt Schrader because of all the Oregon Democratic Congressmen he is the most conservative.

    The State of Oregon is in a noticeable economic rebound. We have new shopping centers being built around established ones, there are new homes being built in SW Portland and it's suburbs. Intel and Nike are both building more production facilities.

    What we need are federal dollars to upgrade the infrastructure. Suburban Portland traffic is impossible. I think Schrader needs to loudly call for a massive federal infrastructure rebuilding program paid for with increased taxes on the upper 15% income earners.

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

    by llbear on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:53:20 AM PDT

    •  That could fly EVERYWHERE (3+ / 0-)
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      suka, T J Lewis, llbear
      call for a massive federal infrastructure rebuilding program paid for with increased taxes on the upper 15% income earners.
      Running on the ACA = winner

      Running on "putting us back to work" with actual fucking proposals = winner

      What the hell are these people waiting for?

      Hell, Charlie Crist is slamming Rick Scott over the chrome dome over Florida's refusal to expand Medicaid. And to hear some folks around here, he's a Fake Democrat. Well shit, he's sure acting like a Real Democrat ought to act on that much. Why can't the rest of them do this? Do they want to win or not?

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:07:49 AM PDT

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    •  Right on - half measures do get it done (1+ / 0-)
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      Kos is right - as usual - the difference in the mid-term will be the turnout.

      Yes, netroots can (and will) knock on doors, etc. to get out the vote.

      However, the lack of strong and consistent policy leadership over the past years is a gigantic albatross.

      Going all the way back to Pelosi taking impeachment off the table in 2010 to Obama not pursuing war crimes on ANY of Bush junta to Geitner giving Wall Street a free pass to capitulating and compromising on every thing from health care (not even trying for a single payer) to defense (not even proposing reductions) to infrastructure (where's that bridge funding?) etc.

      Sure, rebublican obstructionism is a major factor - but where is the leadership?  Yes, gerrymandering makes is harder.  Of course, the dark money propagation generate confusion.   But still, the big issues poll huge in favor of Democratic positions and should be proudly championed and promoted.

      There is a big disappointment in the Democratic base.  There is, for good reason, the feeling of the process is fixed and broken.

      We need Obama to get way more aggressive and visible backing up candidates like Mark Begich.  We need the Democratic Party to go full on behind populist people like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, et. al.

      Core democratic policies are WINNERS.   As long a Obama and the Party don't amplify that, embrace it and extol it there will be not be the turnout.

      sez me

  •  Killing Net Neutrality to keep Comcast / Verizon (5+ / 0-)

    happy. That'll do wonders for the youth turnout.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:54:49 AM PDT

    •  That can be turned around (3+ / 0-)
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      T J Lewis, suka, kj in missouri

      That can be turned into a reason for young people to show up at the polls.

      First the messaging has to be changed - starting with the name.

      The name "Net Neutrality" sucks. I don't care if it's technically correct - it sucks. Damn, can't we even name something right?

      OPEN NET, or FAIR NET. They're easy to say and people can understand them instantly.

      Then, communicate that the slime in suits are ruining the net for young people. Demonize the guys that really are demons.
      This will mean really saying the truth about who is a demon on this issue - Republican or Democrat.

      Finally, give the young people a clear solution to keeping the net out of the reach of the slime - VOTING.

      THAT"S how you turn it around. It can be done.

  •  more voters first requires (3+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, suka, jrand

    more citizens registered to vote. I have registration cards on my waiting room courtesy of the OR Sec. States office.
    If you have a small business, consider doing the same for your customers.

  •  The drop in Obama's approval (5+ / 0-)

    is concerning, and somewhat puzzling. He was at 46-52 in the poll in early Feb, which may have been an outlier.

    But it seems like the trend in most polling  has been at least stability, and even improvement especially from the bad days of the website rollout.

    But instead, this is poll shows his approval at a record low.

    I'm not trying to say it's wrong, just that it is puzzling.

    •  I feel that way about the polling also. (2+ / 0-)
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      Capt Crunch, suka

      "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." Abraham Lincoln

      by appledown on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:06:23 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed... (1+ / 0-)
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      Objectively, the polling is a concern - the numbers are just odd.

      But subjectively.... This isn't 2010. Back then, the Repubs were angry, united and motivated: black president, socialistic new health law, Dems offering to cut Social Security (remember chained CPI?). We were demoralised and exhausted: Repub Senator in Massachusetts (Massachusetts!!!), Dems offering to cut Social Security, our own calling us f*cking retards (thanks Rahm), the ACA not being nearly good enough for many of us.

      Now? The Repubs are still angry, but where's the motivation? ACA is law, repeal just died, immigration's on the table: they're more angry at their own - not unified against us. On the other hand, our red-state senators are saying all the right things: Pryor's standing up for social security (if not minimum wage); Begich is actually running on Obamacare, as is Landrieu in her own way - and so is gubernatorial candidate Crist (now there's a changed man!).

      We can still lose this November, and lose big. But the narrative right now doesn't suggest it. I'll be watching the numbers closely - I suspect the trend will move our way.

      UNDELETE my socialist f*ckstick Markos!

      by T J Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:34:26 AM PDT

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    •  ABC/WaPo polling is shit (0+ / 0-)

      They, along with Gallup and Rasmussen, had Romney leading or tied for a month or so before the election.

  •  If we don't GOTV in November, we can count on (4+ / 0-)
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    appledown, Jon Sitzman, VirginiaBlue, suka

    pain and lots of it, thanks to the Rethuglican agenda of obstruction and obfuscation and ODS.  GOTV or this entire country suffers at the hands of these despicable assholes.


    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:05:33 AM PDT

  •  Boots on the Ground, Door to Door Organization (3+ / 0-)
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    VirginiaBlue, suka, jrand

    Its easy to buy ads with someone else's money. The hard part is old fashioned politicking. If we spent a small fraction of our ad budget on organizing and retail politics. Block captains, precinct captains, mass appeal voter registration events, rides to the polls, meet and greets, etc., combined with modern data techniques it would make the difference.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:07:53 AM PDT

  •  Depressing. (4+ / 0-)

    That the GOP has even have a legitimate chance to win the Senate this year is depressing.  How can so many be so deluded?  How can peoples' ignorance be so profound, so abysmal that they blithely vote against their own interests and those of their children?

    •  Because hate, othering and catchy sounbites (4+ / 0-)
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      VirginiaBlue, suka, Arfeeto, TheDudester

      stick in people's minds, and influence decisions.

      Republicans aren't really good at anything but marketing.

      Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

      by Jon Sitzman on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:18:13 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with you...but I understand it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Face it, right now things ain't exactly peachy in this country--the recovery was mostly shitty low-paying jobs and the right has done an excellent job of creating anger and outrage among the ignorant with all those bullshit big money commercials that rant about everything from Obamacare to the promise that if fossil fuels and Wall Street can do ANYTHING they want without liability or regulation we will have millions of new high-paying jobs (i.e. the bullshit of the 80's). Yet behind the curtain it was the GOP who has been doing everything they possibly could to make life harder.

      That puts them in their best strength--running against something. With the political agenda of a 1% wish list, it's the best they can do--trick people into believing everything is going to be much better if they get in charge--just like those fucking jobs we never heard piss about after 2010.

      Here's a challenge...Try to remember the last time you saw a GOP commercial that ever talked about anything optimistically that actually sounded good. I bet you can't do it because I don't think they can do it.

      •  You're correct, Dudester. (0+ / 0-)

        Indeed, I wouldn't consider challenging any of the points you make.  Yet your argument, well reasoned though it is, doesn't address the question that vexes me, which is why so many citizens are stupid enough to swallow Republican propaganda uncritically, even though it cuts against their interests?  Are they so uninterested in politics that they don't know any better?  Are they not curious enough to know what the other side is offering?  Do they not understand the importance--indeed the civic duty--of knowing what their government is doing?  Why are so many people apathetic or just plain moronic?  That, it seems to me, is the ultimate failing of our society.

        •  It's because they buy into Reaganomics...and more. (1+ / 0-)
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          I live in Colorado now but nowhere have I seen what you're talking about more than my home state of Kentucky. You have people there that are very poor but they buy into the GOP's argument that what's good for the rich is good for them. And that government wants to take away their freedoms and such.

          They hear, "OMG, evil Obama's gonna ban coal and I won't have a job" or "Well, we've tried it left's way (even though we never really have), and it didn't work so we'll go back to the old way. And then some of them just buy into the government=evil, corporations=good. Then of course there's just people who will vote R because they're racist and hate that we have a black president and will do ANYTHING to stop him--even if it hurts them.

          The point is, there's too many reasons why people vote against their interests. But the bottom line is 99% of them come down to one thing, ignorance.

          Years ago, I used to be one of them. I believed what helped the rich, benefited me but I wised up. What wised me up you might ask? Bush and actually seeing their policies in full swing. Of course the problem with wisening people up in that way means we do something I don't think the country could afford another of--letting them have full control again.

    •  The Dem leadership are going through the motions (0+ / 0-)

      there's zero intensity coming from Obama, Pelosi, and to a lesser extent Harry Reid, who is at least showing some urgency. He doesn't want to lose the senate to McConnell. This translates into lack of interest and weak GOTV.

  •  This (1+ / 0-)
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    If we vote, we win. And right now, we've still got a great deal of work to do on that front.
    Why is this a constant refrain?  

    If we were so good at the "issues". why would  this be a consistent issue?

    Yup.  "a great deal of work to do"...

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:10:11 AM PDT

  •  we make climate change (3+ / 0-)
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    Lady Libertine, suka, kj in missouri

    a major political issue, we win big. we have to drive the narrative.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:12:27 AM PDT

    •  been saying that for a looong time. (1+ / 0-)
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      Laurence Lewis

      why any major candiate hasn't picked up and ran with the environment-is-the-hub-to-everything narrative drove me right out of the game for awhile.

      "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

      by kj in missouri on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:16:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  this (2+ / 0-)
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        T J Lewis, kj in missouri

        could be promising.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:55:22 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  if she truly (1+ / 0-)
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          Laurence Lewis

          makes the crisis of our environment a central narrative, i'll overlook a lot of other things.   just typin' here.

          "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

          by kj in missouri on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:35:06 PM PDT

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          •  same (1+ / 0-)
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            kj in missouri

            i will be an enthusiastic supporter. the last time i was an enthusiastic supporter of a presidential nominee was 1988.

            The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

            by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:43:50 PM PDT

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            •  lmao (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Laurence Lewis

              i toted a cardboard sign sporting his name in the back window of my ratrap in Connecticut in those days.  i've since lost it, but i received a handsigned card from the guy after i sent him a poem after his epic loss.  (sent him a poem, yes i did.)

              but, gotta admit, i was suckered in again in 1992 and although way jaded, fought for Al while stuck in the red of Missouri (Ashcroft days).

              then i convinced myself Kerry of '04 was Kerry of '72.   went right from "poser!" to "omg, yes, the late 60's live again!" in a little over 6 months.  

              i shouldn't admit all this in public.    LOL

              "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

              by kj in missouri on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:51:31 PM PDT

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              •  i actually (1+ / 0-)
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                kj in missouri

                was somewhat enthusiastic about gore. i thought he'd have been a much better president than he was a candidate, and likely much better than clinton. i didn't hold my nose when voting for him.

                my brother wrote environmental policy for dukakis, and even from within the campaign, there was such tremendous respect. he wasn't the type to stir most people's emotions, but he was truly principled.

                The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

                by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:55:50 PM PDT

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                •  al had a respect (1+ / 0-)
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                  Laurence Lewis

                  for the tech and i liked that.  i too think he would have governed and tacked better than he campaigned.  he didn't have Clinton's spark but he had a brain.  

                  fantastic re: your brother.  i didn't know that.   is anything he advocated still applicable in today's world?

                  "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

                  by kj in missouri on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:05:47 PM PDT

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                  •  anwr was the big one (1+ / 0-)
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                    kj in missouri

                    dukakis initially was leaning toward supporting drilling, partially because alaska's democratic governors supported it, but my brother wrote a detailed policy paper explaining why it was wrong. typical of dukakis, he sent it back covered with handwritten questions. my brother wrote out responses, and dukakis ended up opposing drilling. he read the details, and he was open to reason.

                    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

                    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:51:47 PM PDT

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    •  Nope, disagree 100% (1+ / 0-)
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      While I fully entrust the scientific community on climate change, and recognize that it's an important issue, I do not believe that it is an issue that will ENROLL more people to vote Democratic.

      Not unless between now and November there is a huge climactic catastrophe that can be directly laid at the feet of man-made climate change.

      People just DON'T understand the issue, and it's not likely to be a big political draw. People who are for enacting climate change regulations already pull the D lever.

      What we need MOST is to answer the following question:

      "How do I benefit by voting Democratic in November?"

      We may not like it, but most voters are self-serving, not altruistic, especially those up for grabs.

      Besides, now that both abortion and marriage equality are no longer the hot-button issues they were, we have a HISTORIC opportunity to peel away the senior vote.

      Not only are baby-boomers entering their senior years, (kind of an oxymoron there) but considering Republican ambitions for Social Security and Medicare, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull them away.

      What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

      by equern on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:27:13 PM PDT

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  •  *we* need to deliver the votes? (2+ / 0-)
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    paradox, suka

    Of course, as ever.

    How bout the Dems we so faithfully vote into office year after year deliver on the most pressing issues of our time? Income inequality (Economy, help the declining Middle Class); Climate Change.

    Q#6 on that Poll says a lot. Yes, wrong track = 66% reg voters, 69% all adults. Of that?

    Wrong track, Blame Both  41
    P.S. "gay marriage" s/b "marriage equality".

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:14:58 AM PDT

  •  want to depress the vote (3+ / 0-)
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    paradox, ChuckChuckerson, equern

    1. Run on Hope, again
    2. Run on Clintons, again
    3. Run on not being the GOP again

    Whatever you do, don't try to lead on the Climate, Income Inequality, and rebuilding the US. Don't run on civil liberties and preparing for an uncertain future. These aren't important issues.

    Business as usual. More of the same, with a dash of hope.

    Did I mention we aren't the GOP?

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:20:08 AM PDT

    •  Precisely (0+ / 0-)

      Know what I think of the midterms? Same ol' same ol'.  There's no national agenda, there's no risk, they're not even offering peace, for Christ's sake.

      [shakes head] This Party goes nowhere when it comes to consistently implementing anything, they simply like not being Republicans.  Thanks for the failure.  Again.

  •  Vote like your life depends on it because it does" (0+ / 0-)

    given the ACA or lack thereof in Red States

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:23:31 AM PDT

  •  We? Why is turnout our responsibility? (3+ / 0-)

    Turnout is the duty of leadership. What am I supposed to do, tell people what might happen or what might get delivered? I have a voice, yes, but nobody gives a shit what a I think. Folks do follow and listen to leadership, if it exists.

    For instance, why isn't there a national agenda for November? Why isn't the President promising a $15 minimum wage with a House Democratic win?

    Ah, I see. Well, I see nothing, but you know what I mean.

    •  ^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^ (0+ / 0-)


      What will electing Democrats to Congress (and other places) do to help THE STRUGGLING AVERAGE MIDDLE CLASS VOTER.

      The GOP obviously doesn't care, but I'm beginning to get the impression that the Democrats don't either.

      My biggest fault with the party is that we have become a party of balkanized demographics with carefully targeted policy positions for each.

      But an over-arching national campaign for the average middle class voter???


      What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

      by equern on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:33:30 PM PDT

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  •  Better than Republicans is a low bar. (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe not enough to convince people they should bother with voting.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:36:19 AM PDT

  •  But what's with the new wp poll? (0+ / 0-)

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:37:02 AM PDT

  •  A serious question: (1+ / 0-)
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    Imagine for a second that I am a working class American living paycheck-to-paycheck that has never voted in my life because "both parties are the same", and because I am generally not interested in politics or current events.

    Sell me on voting for Democrats WITHOUT mentioning the Republican Party or Republican candidates. Give me reasons that will convince me that voting for Democrats will make a difference in my life.

    It's not easy, is it? That's our problem. The Democratic Party as a product sucks. We aren't interested in meeting our customers needs, only in being slightly better than our closest competitor. That's not how you build a brand that people trust.

  •  The time is RIPE for a populist platform! (0+ / 0-)

    People are sick of the shit.  They are sick of the partisanship and the gridlock.  They are sick of hurting financially.  And I think they are realizing they are being screwed over by the oligarchs.  It's time to give them a progressive/populist message they can get behind, instead of nutjob concervative vs. conservative lite.

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:43:10 AM PDT

  •  Maybe if the Dems were not so passive and boring (1+ / 0-)
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    they'd inspire better turnout.  One thing you can say about the Repubs, it they are aggressive, stir the pot and make news.  By contrast, the Dems are not very inspiring or exciting - too much brain and not enough guts.  "Cool" is cool, "calm" is calming, "intellectual" is brainy, and none is very motivating.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:44:15 AM PDT

  •  Put more liberal issues on the ballot. (0+ / 0-)

    In Colorado, having A64 (legalization of marijuana) helped Dems here--I also wonder if that's one reason Obama/Holder didn't bring the hammer down on us here after they won.

    I believe if more ballot measures were put in place that liberals or center-left people like, it would attract more left-minded people to the polls. Just a thought.

  •  All Issues Filtered Through Reducing Inequality (0+ / 0-)

    Krugman had a blogpost yesterday mentioning that economic books and his columns mentioning inequality get more attention than when he mentions increasing demand.
    The answer to that should be that all progressive issues should be filtered through the popular theme of reducing inquality. The issues that are popular one their own need an overall theme to tie it together. It can help with a national campaign that can provide air support to the hard work of GOTV which focuses on finding the issue that motivates the voter to come out. It will increase enthusiasm.

  •  Republicans want to make it about gun control (0+ / 0-)
  •  I am always enthusiastic about voting. (0+ / 0-)

    Of course, I was raised by Republicans, so I was taught that it was important to vote in every election.

  •  If ABC/WaPo's polling is to be trusted (I don't) (0+ / 0-)

    the fact that the GOP is more trusted on the budget deficit by 44-35 is fucking embarrassing from a WH/Democratic party messaging perspective, seeing as the deficit has been cut in half under Obama, and facepalm-worthy, considering Americans lived through 8 years of Bush blowing the surplus he inherited from a Democratic White House, and leaving the country in a fiscal crisis.

  •  Dems won't turnout in November (0+ / 0-)

    Unless Obama and Dems get serious and throw some red meat to the base. Obama making a couple of speeches (mostly in his weekly address) and Harry Reid holding a vote on raising the minimum wage isn't anywhere enough. Expanding Social Security, Medicare, rejecting Keystone, and not selling out on Net Neutrality, any one of those would energize the base. If the minimum wage is the only thing Dems are running on, then they're kidding themselves. Besides, they're not exactly screaming $10.10 from the rooftops.

  •  State-by-State KOS (like) Social Media (1+ / 0-)
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    This thread has 70+ comments on it. If everyone commenting here (who lives in a red or purple state anyways) would start a Kos like website in each of those states, instead of just commenting here in a big circle, you guys would wipe the floor with ALEC and Koch.

    This is on Markos: dude, show each of these people how to run a Kos like blog, and help them set them up in each of their states, (and then interconnect them all even). They could use them for social networking, and for event announcements and general organizing stuff. Leverage the technology, its cheap now.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:21:35 PM PDT

    •  Even Comments and Letters help (0+ / 0-)

      Few people read letters to the editor anymore, but if your local paper has a comments section, people love reading those.

      What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

      by equern on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:58:10 PM PDT

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  •  Dems' biggest problem is DC electeds (0+ / 0-)

    The same galling, obnoxious defensiveness that has characterized "centrist" rightwing Democrats for the last 30 years, intellectual laziness, a feckless willingness to roll over for the teevee news, and a lack of strategic, long-term political thinking.  

    Seems like they've started to wake up in the last few weeks, but election campaigns are now 24/7, and elected Democrats are simply way behind the curve.  They might have mitigated some of the problems by not delaying the start of ACA for so long after the bill passed, but...whatever.  It seems that Democrats are loathe to be seen as "political", when in fact it would behoove them well to act that way from time to time.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:30:03 PM PDT

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