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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:08 AM
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19. We aren't even holding onto the map we had in '06. Again, look at VA.
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 08:11 AM by leveymg
Swing voters tend to be low-information voters or discouraged voters who swing with whichever party currently has momentum and the most plausible promise of change. Right now, that is not the Democratic Party because of the failure of the leadership to appear to be committed and capable of delivering a change agenda. Results are even more important to the activist base who need to see a return for their hard work.

Delivering SChip, etc. may be important, but it's not really enough of what people are looking for. We're looking for major legislative accomplishments in proportion to the number of Democrats in office -- something Harry Reid and Barack Obama aren't delivering. Nancy has a better track record delivering a solid majority in the House, which has a more progressive membership. The Senate has been too timid and centrist, because timid centrists still run the upper house. Obama has, as well, appeared to be timid and centrist. They've been ineffective at delivering major reforms in an environment that requires bold, aggressive action.

We need to govern from a clearly identifiable set of principles. That's what leaders do. The American people have yet to see much real leadership, and are becoming discouraged. That opens the door to those who want to destroy what we hope to create.
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  -What is really going on in Massachusetts: RBInMaine  Jan-17-10 07:21 AM   #0 
  - Your logical development will give some a headache. Let's keep it simple:  Buzz Clik   Jan-17-10 07:27 AM   #1 
  - How could you sound anymore like a fool?  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:29 AM   #2 
     - In other words, I do a perfect imitation of a growing mass of DUers. Why, thank you!  Buzz Clik   Jan-17-10 07:35 AM   #4 
        - Obama is very popular in MA polls. So how can it be his fault? You are a fool.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:55 AM   #15 
        - Obama may poll well in MA but,  Little Star   Jan-17-10 08:21 AM   #27 
        - I've seen that too  Tailormyst   Jan-17-10 10:46 AM   #35 
        - sigh. When sarcasm is so incredibly evident, is it really, REALLY necessary to use the smilie?  Buzz Clik   Jan-17-10 10:56 AM   #37 
        - No one on DU sounds like that, although you wish we did.  Tesha   Jan-17-10 08:02 AM   #17 
           - LOTS of hyperbole here. Not happy? Go form a nice, PURE 3rd party and see how far you get.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 08:11 AM   #20 
              - No, I'd rather change the Democrats back to being Democrats...  Tesha   Jan-17-10 10:29 AM   #33 
              - By the way, "Well argued!". You used DU Standard Reply #3, ...  Tesha   Jan-17-10 10:51 AM   #36 
  - I am not reassured by your rationalization of the mess we're in. I'm in VA and saw what happened in  leveymg   Jan-17-10 07:33 AM   #3 
  - In other words, a reduced electorate. The OP mentioned that.  Buzz Clik   Jan-17-10 07:36 AM   #5 
  - A discouraged electorate. Not like a plague "reduced" 20 percent of the Democratic vote in VA.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 07:40 AM   #6 
  - Shut up and clap louder!!!  vi5   Jan-17-10 07:44 AM   #7 
  - They've done PLENTY better, if you would be willing to open your eyes a little wider.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:53 AM   #13 
  - Have we gotten things for "our side"?  vi5   Jan-17-10 10:17 AM   #32 
  - Simpleton.  Buzz Clik   Jan-17-10 10:57 AM   #38 
     - And clearly by that response....  vi5   Jan-17-10 11:54 AM   #39 
  - VA was a STATE election. I guess they did not like what they were getting from STATE Dems then. (?)  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:51 AM   #12 
     - Not all politics are strictly local. We're seeing VA again in MA. We'll see it again  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:20 AM   #26 
  - Trends are usually a LESS RELIABLE Dem/Progressive electorate off cycle.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:50 AM   #11 
     - English subtitles please.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:22 AM   #29 
  - You are right about one thing...  Atman   Jan-17-10 07:45 AM   #8 
  - I'm reporting on the ground what I saw here. The same dynamic is at play there - it's only been in  leveymg   Jan-17-10 07:54 AM   #14 
     - It is a deep recession, and people are fearful and angry. That's the biggest thing everywhere.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:57 AM   #16 
     - FDR didn't cop-out by saying, "It's the economy." He delivered a real reform agenda.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:14 AM   #23 
        - That is all so generalized and so easy to say  treestar   Jan-17-10 10:41 AM   #34 
           - What do you know about GOTV ? Been doing it since LBJ.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 12:53 PM   #40 
     - Hope and Change" were campaign buzzwords, but policy is bought and paid for.  Craftsman   Jan-17-10 08:14 AM   #22 
        - Not likely to be the last.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:15 AM   #24 
           - Yep  Craftsman   Jan-17-10 08:21 AM   #28 
  - You are completely right.  Scruffy1   Jan-17-10 07:47 AM   #9 
  - Barack Obama is the First African-American President......  FrenchieCat   Jan-17-10 08:12 AM   #21 
  - Understand first what national governing is all about. 2nd, all politics is local.  RBInMaine   Jan-17-10 07:49 AM   #10 
     - We aren't even holding onto the map we had in '06. Again, look at VA.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:08 AM   #19 
     - I'm on the ground in Mass. . .  janet118   Jan-17-10 08:20 AM   #25 
        - Thank you for continuing the good fight.  leveymg   Jan-17-10 08:28 AM   #30 
  - K&R  NJmaverick   Jan-17-10 08:05 AM   #18 
  - SCHIP disappears in 2016. Parents will have to buy insurance  tsuki   Jan-17-10 08:29 AM   #31 

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