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Response to Drew Richards (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:44 PM

4. Excellent idea! Democrats.org needs to do this as well.

I'd like to see DU be something more than a place to chatter about ephemeral happenings. Make it a site where we can get into the nitty & gritty politics--who are the candidates, what do they stand for, what are their prospects, and what can we do to help them.

We shouldn't be limited to just House/Senate candidates, either. The state and local elections are VITAL to our long-term political health, and we neglect them at our peril. What happened this week in Virginia, and what is happening in Virginia, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania regarding their Electoral College voting, is due to our neglecting the local scene too much. I fear that it's coming in Missouri and other states where the reds dominate the state houses. The tide of dumb laws on abortion and women's health issues is another consequence, and turning it around will not happen at the Congressional level. We need to turn this tide at that level, and stop pinning so much of our hopes on national elections. Democrats don't have the deep pockets of the Koch brothers and Adelsons to rely on, so we have to be smarter, more vigilant, more nimble, and work harder. That's what will ultimately defeat the Republican/right-wing machine.

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