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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:44 PM

Democrats don't eat the moderate or conservative members of their own party

There are far more moderate and conservative democrats in the US senate than there ever were moderate Republicans:
Mary Landrieu
Joe Manchin
Kent Conrad
Ben Nelson
John Tester
Claire McCaskill
Joe Lieberman

Republican Moderates:
Susan Collins
Olympia Snow
Scott Brown - Albeit in an assholish sort of way

I think it's a good thing by the way that we keep an open tent to welcome candidates from a wide political spectrum. Eating our own or excluding others makes us no better than the teabaggers.

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Reply Democrats don't eat the moderate or conservative members of their own party (Original post)
NNguyenMD Nov 2012 OP
yourout Nov 2012 #1
MadHound Nov 2012 #2
think Nov 2012 #4
cali Nov 2012 #7
MadHound Nov 2012 #10
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #13
YoungDemCA Nov 2012 #15
cali Nov 2012 #3
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #8
Tierra_y_Libertad Nov 2012 #5
woo me with science Nov 2012 #9
KG Nov 2012 #6
Enrique Nov 2012 #11
leveymg Nov 2012 #12
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #14
YoungDemCA Nov 2012 #16

Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:45 PM

1. No....we promote them to positions of power.

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:46 PM

2. No, they just shove their liberal members into a closet,

 

And only let them out every four years to vote.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:54 PM

4. +1

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:13 PM

7. baloney. patently so.

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Response to cali (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:19 PM

10. Really?

 

Name one truly liberal piece of legislation that Obama has proposed and pushed in his first term.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:48 PM

13. +1

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:47 PM

15. Pretty much this.

nt

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:47 PM

3. Joe Lieberman is not a dem and historically your claim doesn't hold water

though it's certainly true in recent decades. Up until the 70s, the republican party had lots of moderates and liberals.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:13 PM

8. +1. The Dems have run a # of conservatives out of their party in recent yrs. nt

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:03 PM

5. 3rd Way "moderates" are in charge. They're the one's gorging themselves on the left.

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:17 PM

9. A planned, malignant infiltration

by the corporate one percent.

Down to discussion boards on the internet.


Reject Third Way propaganda, especially now: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021791044

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:12 PM

6. piss on Joe Lieberman

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:31 PM

11. we primaried Blanche Lincoln and Joe Lieberman

rightfully so, imho.

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:46 PM

12. Maybe, enforcing a bit of party discipline would be a really good thing in the Senate.

End the filibuster and strip DINOs from their Committees if they vote with the Republicans on key issues. That would produce a different Senate and a different America.

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:45 PM

14. It is good to make them feel welcome, but they need to be reminded what party elected them.

Switching parties won't work because the tea party will get rid of them in a primary.

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Response to NNguyenMD (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:56 PM

16. "Conservatism" is wrong-headed and unpopular, regardless of which party promotes it

A majority of Americans want taxes to go up on the rich, want defense spending cut, and want to keep Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs strong. They want good infrastructure, clean air, excellent schools for their children, and programs that help the poor and middle class.

The Democrats need to stop ignoring their own party platform and negotiating with the Far Right of this country, who are not a majority anywhere and only have a lot of power because of our peculiar electoral/political system that favors conservatism. Equally important, the Democrats must not give in to the talking points of the mainstream media (not just Fox News), who say the U.S. is a "center-right" nation (despite all evidence to the contrary).

Obama was reelected by one of the most diverse, progressive, forward-thinking electorates ever. Ignoring this would be to the peril of Democrats everywhere.

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