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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-11 11:34 PM
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148. I work directly with politicians
both Dems and Republicans. This is the one thing they have in common, a desire to keep the job. If you can get them elected, or raise them lots of money to increase their chances of being re-elected, you will be attended to. If your support is conditional and ineffective, you are done.

It doesn't matter how "right" you may be ideologically. You can have the best arguments and thought out positions in the world. The problem is that we use the wrong metric. We see correct as the most morally justified position. Politicians are all but universally situational beasts. Their lives are dominated by the election in a few weeks or the one in two years. They are raising money for the next campaign from day 1. It is a profession that is all about winning elections and not angering too many of the wrong folks in between them.

How does one become one of the "wrong folks to anger"? You do it by being in their corner constantly and reliably as a significant source of votes and money. This kind of relationship is not created by a single election, it is built over a career. Why was Kennedy a "liberal lion"? In part because he believed in it, but in easily equal measure because he could count on being re-elected doing it. If this were not the case, he would have lost doing it, and losing candidates are never "liberal lions".

Serving liberals are not in "safe seats" because they were already liberal and happen to move there. Neither do they change the District to a more blue shade. They become liberals because this is what the voters in these areas have supported with consistently dollars and votes. The politician is the product of the process, not the other way around.



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