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dpbrown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-04 11:18 PM
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18. Power is in keeping progressive issues on the front burner
By not supporting a candidate who is actually running for President, you're deciding that the entire thing is just a horse race, and that Dean can play kingmaker at a brokered convention.

The alternative is to support a progressive who is still in the race, and who can keep the issues that matter in front of the voters, and cause the other candidates to continue to have to talk about them in debates.

You can choose to sit on your hands and stifle your voices until the Convention, but I think the more practical course is to support the candidate who is still in the race.

The benefit is that you can fight for a brokered convention, and still keep the issues worth fighting for in front of the people for whom those issues matter from now through the Convention.

Dan Brown
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  -The only strategic vote until the Convention is a vote for Kucinich dpbrown  Feb-23-04 04:51 PM   #0 
  - I like this letter!  no name no slogan   Feb-23-04 04:53 PM   #1 
  - I think that's an excellent idea  dpbrown   Feb-23-04 04:57 PM   #5 
  - Be bold, Minnesota! Vote for Dennis! n/t  maggiefaye   Feb-23-04 04:56 PM   #2 
  - This Minnesotan is right there with you. (nt)  jpgray   Feb-23-04 04:56 PM   #3 
  - Or Dean.  Jim Sagle   Feb-23-04 04:57 PM   #4 
  - While I admire the desire of Dean supporters to continue their support...  dpbrown   Feb-23-04 05:07 PM   #8 
     - Dean wants as many delegates as he can get.  Jim Sagle   Feb-23-04 05:18 PM   #10 
        - Voting for Dean kills discussion of progressive issues until Convention  dpbrown   Feb-23-04 05:46 PM   #11 
           - Power is in the delegates which you take to the convention.  jansu   Feb-23-04 07:21 PM   #15 
           - Would you mind defining this a little further?  hippywife   Feb-23-04 07:43 PM   #16 
           - I'd like to know that too.  scarletwoman   Feb-28-04 09:28 PM   #37 
              - The only thing Dean people ever told me was "electability"  dpbrown   Feb-28-04 10:47 PM   #40 
                 - Kinda ironic, ennit?  scarletwoman   Feb-28-04 11:01 PM   #42 
                    - Makes Dennis more real - "DK was progressive before it was 'electable'"  dpbrown   Feb-28-04 11:34 PM   #43 
                       - I don't want to offend any Dean people.  scarletwoman   Feb-28-04 11:50 PM   #44 
           - Power is in keeping progressive issues on the front burner  dpbrown   Feb-23-04 11:18 PM   #18 
           - This meme  mrgorth   Feb-24-04 10:53 AM   #24 
              - *sigh* Vote for Dean, with the blessings  diamondsoul   Feb-27-04 07:58 AM   #35 
                 - Specifically, a vote for Dean won't get a brokered convention  dpbrown   Feb-28-04 09:10 PM   #36 
                    - right now- a vote for Dean is taking your vote out of the game  Desertrose   Feb-28-04 09:38 PM   #38 
  - Go Dennis. A Vote for Kucinich is a Vote for Good.  WiseMen   Feb-23-04 04:58 PM   #6 
  - very well put  goodhue   Feb-23-04 05:01 PM   #7 
  - damn fine letter.....go Minnesota!!!!  Desertrose   Feb-23-04 05:12 PM   #9 
  - kick  goodhue   Feb-23-04 06:51 PM   #12 
  - Who else is voting for Dennis on March 2? (right after my B-Day!) ^_^  Kanary   Feb-23-04 07:05 PM   #13 
  - I'm voting for Dennis on March 2,  DemBones DemBones   Feb-23-04 07:13 PM   #14 
  - I will in CA.  LWolf   Feb-23-04 11:18 PM   #17 
  - Georgia and California  Kanary   Feb-23-04 11:26 PM   #19 
  - Me in Ohio!  ThirdWheelLegend   Feb-24-04 01:36 AM   #20 
  - me in MN  goodhue   Feb-24-04 10:38 AM   #21 
  - I'm hating this election cycle!  diamondsoul   Feb-24-04 10:49 AM   #22 
  - Me in Minnesota!  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-24-04 11:10 AM   #25 
  - Me in Minnesota  dpbrown   Feb-24-04 11:23 AM   #26 
  - Voting for DK in Ohio  justinpower   Feb-24-04 11:38 AM   #27 
  - Me in Minnesota on March 2, along with pracitically all of Pine County!  scarletwoman   Feb-25-04 10:04 PM   #31 
  - Let's deliver Minnesota for DK  dpbrown   Feb-25-04 10:06 PM   #32 
     - You betcha!  scarletwoman   Feb-25-04 10:08 PM   #33 
  - In Mass  Mairead   Feb-28-04 09:41 PM   #39 
  - So well said  redqueen   Feb-24-04 10:53 AM   #23 
  - I had seriously considered Edwards as the anti-Kerry  Walt Starr   Feb-24-04 11:39 AM   #28 
  - Kerry & Edwards estimate they got a third each of Dean's folks  dpbrown   Feb-24-04 02:04 PM   #29 
  - The actual author of this letter is Rebekah Smith  dpbrown   Feb-25-04 09:54 PM   #30 
  - The right thing is to vote for DK in the primary, save the Johns...  dpbrown   Feb-27-04 07:50 AM   #34 
  - Al Sharpton  mdmc   Feb-28-04 10:54 PM   #41 
  - I like Al too but I'm going with DK on tuesday--Calif. here. woohoo eom  Sugarbleus   Feb-29-04 12:07 AM   #45 
     - Yay!  scarletwoman   Feb-29-04 12:10 AM   #46 
     - Yay for you, Sugarbleus!  redqueen   Mar-02-04 01:11 PM   #52 
  - good going folks!  G_j   Feb-29-04 12:15 AM   #47 
  - Super Tuesday's getting near!  ThirdWheelLegend   Feb-29-04 01:44 AM   #48 
  - its here  goodhue   Mar-02-04 01:19 PM   #53 
  - I'm going with DK in CA Primary  Piperay   Feb-29-04 04:41 AM   #49 
  - Way to go Piperay!  ThirdWheelLegend   Feb-29-04 01:59 PM   #50 
  - I'm very happy to support the candidate best on the issues  dpbrown   Mar-02-04 11:58 AM   #51 
  - Thank you Dan  genius   Mar-02-04 01:26 PM   #54 
     - Thank Rebekah...I even got wrong who wrote the letter  dpbrown   Mar-02-04 02:32 PM   #55 

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