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Fri Jul 27, 2018, 09:54 PM

What do you look for most in a Democratic candidate?

I'm trying to pose this question without getting into arguments that fall along parallel lines of the 2016 primary, though I understand some of that might be inevitable. I'm genuinely interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on what you look for most in a candidate--and I'm talking more about their character, guiding principle, or philosophical disposition--rather than a specific policy platform.

I personally think, that in this moment of radical right-wing dominance, I want Democratic nominees who acknowledge that the Republican party (not just Trump) has been becoming increasingly dangerous; not only in their policies, but their tactics in governance (i.e., blocking Garland). I'm all for reaching out to work on bipartisan legislation with the handful of Republicans who are reasonable on certain positions, but by and large I think we need Dems who are prepared to fight dirty--Obama (as much as I love him) tried playing nice, and in many instances it did not work too well.

Anyway, I'm curious to find out what everyone else thinks.

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Reply What do you look for most in a Democratic candidate? (Original post)
welivetotreadonkings Jul 2018 OP
CozyMystery Jul 2018 #1
Squinch Jul 2018 #2
dalton99a Jul 2018 #4
DURHAM D Jul 2018 #5
BigmanPigman Jul 2018 #8
Hekate Jul 2018 #11
catrose Jul 2018 #17
Madam Mossfern Jul 2018 #3
Squinch Jul 2018 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2018 #7
Squinch Jul 2018 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2018 #14
RandySF Jul 2018 #10
Cha Jul 2018 #12
underthematrix Jul 2018 #13
FM123 Jul 2018 #15
ucrdem Jul 2018 #16
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2018 #18
phylny Jul 2018 #19
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 2018 #20

Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:00 PM

1. I want someone who is fierce, straight-talking, and honest, has integrity.

Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, and people like them come to mind. My mind, unfortunately, cannot remember all of the names of people I admire.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:01 PM

2. This year? I look for a D after their name. The end.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:03 PM

4. +1

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:04 PM

5. This.

^^^^^^^^^

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:04 PM

8. Me too!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:11 PM

11. What Squinch said. We find unity among ourselves and with Never Trumpers, or the republic dies. nt

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 11:26 PM

17. Yes. Also breathing.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:02 PM

3. I look for a candidate

who is most likely to win.

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Response to Madam Mossfern (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:04 PM

6. Yes. This too. A D after their name and likeliest to win against the republican.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:04 PM

7. At this point I want someone who can defeat the opposing GOPer.

I do not care so much about ideological purity, or about race, gender, age, or other characteristics. More than anything I want someone who will be counted in the D column in Congress. I'll worry about all that stuff later, when we get control of Congress and Trump is gone.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:06 PM

9. We need the committees!

👍

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Response to Squinch (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:31 PM

14. Exactly. We can't control the committees without a majority.

If they have a pulse and a D after their name I'll vote for them. I don't feel like we can afford to be any choosier than that this time.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:08 PM

10. Candidates who fit their districts and have interesting life stories.

Elissa Slotkin probably doesn't sell in the Bronx and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might not be a good fit in Central Michigan. Each, however, has a great narrative.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:12 PM

12. First they show their Tax Returns and be a Democrat

who's worked hard for our Democracy.. not trying to tear others down for their own agenda.

Fire in their Belly!

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:13 PM

13. Educational background, history of public service,

character,

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:33 PM

15. I look for D's like decency, dependability, dignity, dedication, determination, discipline...

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 10:36 PM

16. They have to be smart. That means a law degree. Obama was no-drama but he moved mountains.

Whatever you might think about his style he was a dynamite executive and pulled one rabbit out his hat after another. He'll never get the credit he deserves but a law degree is important. Look at Trump, look at Dumya. Disasters.

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #16)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 11:38 PM

18. A law degree is not always evidence of intelligence.

I went to law school. It was academically challenging, but somehow, some remarkably dim people managed to squeak through it. And as further evidence I give you, for example:

Louis Gohmert
Glenn Grothmann
Roy Moore
Michele Bachmann
James Sensenbrenner
Tom Cotton
John Cornyn
Trey Gowdy

And there are many more dumb lawyers in the U.S. Congress. Presumably after taking courses in constitutional and administrative law one would understand these things, but the nitwits on that list obviously don't. A law degree would be useful only for a person who isn't fundamentally stupid.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 11:50 PM

19. I don't know if I am eloquent enough to describe exactly what I look for (other than the "D")

but I've been very enamored of several current Democratic politicians this year, including Adam Schiff, Kamala Harris, and Ted Lieu.

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Response to welivetotreadonkings (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 11:55 PM

20. Inspiration for our youth like this...

Quote from:

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Talked to a Republican woman yesterday who said l was too “liberal” to earn her vote. We then discussed student debt, the GOP tax plan that increased the deficit, and the many benefits of her Medicare plan. She asked for more info and a donation envelope. #NE02

WEB site: http://eastmanforcongress.com/
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/karaforcongress

There's just soooo many of these great young candidates around the country that inspire us old folks and we're hoping to contribute to as many as our limited budget will allow.

............... .............

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