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poskonig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 01:46 AM
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15. Things you can do.
Edited on Sun Nov-30-03 01:47 AM by poskonig
First of all, welcome to Democratic Underground!

Examining the issues is a first with me. While it not necessary to vote for the candidate who is the most "pure" on the issues, if a candidate is frequently wrong on the issues, it makes little sense to vote for them.

Secondly, be honest about what personal characteristics of the candidates you like. Chances are, if you like something about a candidate, a significant amount of others may like it too.

Lastly, look at electability versus the other candidates. This usually is a synonym for organization and cash, but it can also refer to an intuitive apprehension of how the candidate will perform against Bush.

I loosely supported Kerry during 2002, came on board the Dean campaign in March 2003, had doubts about my support during the Confederate flag debate and (re)considered Clark and Kerry, and have settled back with Dean since.

Why do I support Dean? His issues are close to mine -- he tends to be a fiscal moderate who is liberal on social issues who exercises sound judgment on foreign policy matters. I like his blunt, no-bullshit immediate style. In addition to his fundraising and endless supply of volunteers, Dean will make the 2004 election a bloodbath, which I believe will work in our favor and remove some of the Bush mystique once the campaign heats up.
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  -How NOT to Pick A Candidate burning bush  Nov-30-03 12:34 AM   #0 
  - If I understand you, that is not a good way to decide  jpgray   Nov-30-03 12:40 AM   #1 
  - You read me correct  burning bush   Nov-30-03 12:48 AM   #7 
     - nice try  mitchum   Nov-30-03 12:58 AM   #10 
     - have you heard what happened on meet the press?  slinkerwink   Nov-30-03 01:02 AM   #11 
        - I'm one of those types!  burning bush   Nov-30-03 01:23 AM   #13 
           - then watch Hardball Monday!  slinkerwink   Nov-30-03 01:49 AM   #16 
           - ok....the real underdog is are you rooting for him?  bearfartinthewoods   Nov-30-03 06:26 AM   #29 
              - Underdogs  burning bush   Nov-30-03 05:01 PM   #33 
  - I support Dean because....  slinkerwink   Nov-30-03 12:40 AM   #2 
  - Kucinich is currently my favorite candidate, Dean 2nd. Clark?  JailBush   Nov-30-03 12:44 AM   #3 
  - Suggestion: re-word your post so as not to include profanity  Wonk   Nov-30-03 12:45 AM   #4 
  - YIKES! thank you!  burning bush   Nov-30-03 12:53 AM   #9 
  - Your top 3 are good choices  Amerikav60   Nov-30-03 12:45 AM   #5 
  - Stick Around  Jerseycoa   Nov-30-03 12:46 AM   #6 
  - Welcome to D.U., burning bush!  Kanary   Nov-30-03 12:51 AM   #8 
  - Yeah, welcome!!  wtmusic   Nov-30-03 01:05 AM   #12 
  - Thanks for the Welcomes!  burning bush   Nov-30-03 01:25 AM   #14 
  - Things you can do.  poskonig   Nov-30-03 01:46 AM   #15 
  - My Priorities in 2004  burning bush   Nov-30-03 03:44 AM   #23 
     - You are doing a good job  Tom Rinaldo   Nov-30-03 10:17 AM   #32 
     - Substance  burning bush   Nov-30-03 05:29 PM   #34 
     - Welcome, BB, and I hope you won't think me rude  spooky3   Dec-01-03 05:21 PM   #42 
        - OK, I Should NOT have used the word "Substance"  burning bush   Dec-01-03 05:56 PM   #46 
  - Did you ever take that online "test"  Kanary   Nov-30-03 01:52 AM   #17 
  - This one?  Kathleen04   Nov-30-03 02:18 AM   #18 
  - That's the one. Also  Kanary   Nov-30-03 02:29 AM   #19 
     - You're welcome..  Kathleen04   Nov-30-03 02:39 AM   #20 
        - Ive taken that and I am as far left in the UK as I am here in the US  JohnKleeb   Nov-30-03 02:39 AM   #21 
  - Just Took it, check this out!  burning bush   Nov-30-03 04:01 AM   #24 
     - You do not wanna find out about Howard Phillips dude  JohnKleeb   Nov-30-03 04:04 AM   #25 
     - Yep, read for 2 or 3 minutes, that was all I needed!  burning bush   Nov-30-03 04:11 AM   #26 
        - nutty eh  JohnKleeb   Nov-30-03 04:19 AM   #27 
        - The nice thing about the Constitution Party is....  Lisa0825   Dec-01-03 05:33 PM   #43 
     - I'm not at all surprised  Kanary   Dec-01-03 05:12 PM   #38 
     - OK, I promiss!  burning bush   Dec-01-03 05:16 PM   #39 
     - dupe (nt)  burning bush   Dec-01-03 05:16 PM   #40 
     - Interesting! As many here have said the site needs to be  spooky3   Dec-01-03 05:42 PM   #44 
  - I'm for Dean but you need to think it through...  fabius   Nov-30-03 03:25 AM   #22 
  - Welcome, and I agree with many of your points  Adjoran   Nov-30-03 04:30 AM   #28 
  - just my opinion  Dr Satan   Nov-30-03 06:52 AM   #30 
  - "Stand for something and let the cards fall where they may."  Kanary   Dec-01-03 05:18 PM   #41 
  - You've gotten a lot of good advice here.  SheilaT   Nov-30-03 10:04 AM   #31 
  - Kick myself  burning bush   Dec-01-03 04:42 PM   #35 
  - I can think of three main methods for choosing a candidate:  mlawson   Dec-01-03 04:51 PM   #36 
  - Pragmatic  burning bush   Dec-01-03 05:01 PM   #37 
  - I have to say this is one of the better threads I've seen lately  Bandit   Dec-01-03 05:56 PM   #45 
  - Thanks! But I have something to say about newbies...  burning bush   Dec-01-03 06:11 PM   #47 
  - Not a good way to pick a candidate.  gulliver   Dec-01-03 06:19 PM   #48 
  - "who has the best chance to get you that America"  burning bush   Dec-01-03 06:44 PM   #49 
  - Kick to hit 50  burning bush   Dec-02-03 11:55 PM   #50 

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