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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 09:08 PM
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5. Absolutely fascinating, Whometense!
I mean, people are not all that liberal in this country -- I don't know anybody who is as liberal as me (and here on DU, I feel like the moderate!). Now mind you, I'm in a red state, but I know people who are not super religious and not related to the military, and they STILL have absorbed all of the conservative rhetoric to the point where it's all fact (especially in regards to economics).

If you look at where center left parties have succeeded it's with Bill Clinton (New Democrats) and Tony Blair (New Labor). I do think that because of Bill's personal problems, we lost momentum; there is a chance that if Monica hadn't happened Gore may have won. The thing I like about Kerry is that he comes from a liberal philosophy yet it always comes with a large caveat of realism. Scowcroft called him self either an idealistic realist or a skeptical idealist. I think this also goes with Kerry. He wants to help the underclass of this country, yet he certainly wouldn't break the budget or overtax those who create jobs. He would love it if the ME became a region of peaceful democracies, but will settle for peaceful countries that begin to address their citizens' concerns. He would love to have our troops out of Iraq now, but not at the expense of destabilizing the whole region. And I could go on.

But these Kos Kids, who are super blue on cultural issues, but who knows what they want to do in terms of economic and foreign policy have no patience to understand what Kerry is doing. They are kind of like the current pope. It's better to empty the pews than to compromise. I will go out on a limb here that had Dean been our nominee he would have lost by a landslide. And THAT was their guy and STILL is their guy. And, like dailykos, he's really not all that liberal, he just talks like a radical.

That diagram is disheartening, isn't it? The media hasn't really picked up on this too much, so hopefully nobody will know how bad the underbelly of our rank and file has gotten . . .
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