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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 06:43 PM
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25. Whatever you do, don't stay home
if only to have some influence on your local offices, which are much more important to your everyday life than any national office. For example, Creationists could take over the school board if all the left-of-center people stay home. You could end up with privatized this and privatized that. You could end up with a governor like Tim Pawlenty, who tried to slash all kinds of assistance for the poorest of the poor on the grounds of "needing to balance the budget."

Try primary challenges to incumbents first, and if some DLCer gets nominated anyway, then mark your ballot as your conscience sees fit, but mark your ballot somehow.

The reason is that politicians care only about the people who show up.

If only 10% of the public voted, and the Dems won 60% of that total and the Republicans 40%, that would still be only 6% of eligible voters, and yet, the Dems would claim a "landslide" and a "mandate," just as Reagan did when he won 27% of the eligible voters.

Of course, if the Dems lose, the DLC will immediately declare that the party has been "too liberal," and they'll try to persuade Bill O'Reilly to run.
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