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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 06:59 PM
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Well... This Ain't Good - Lifelong Dems I Know Going Green & Independent
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That sick feeling I've had in my gut for the last couple of months has just grown exponentially.

Now this is just a snapshot, and it is in Sacramento, CA, but I usually meet a number of like minded progressives every other Friday at a local watering hole here. And for months before, and months after the 2006 election they were doing their part to support the Democratic election\agenda. And I don't know what the hell has happened, well maybe I do (maybe we all do), but around ten of them (in a bar that holds not many) have either switched registration to Green or Independent in the last few weeks. They are not, they say, necessarily gonna vote that way in a general election, but they are adamant in the Dems earning their vote in 2008. And their disillusionment in the post 2006 Dems is very very LOUD!

I got one HELL of an earful as we compared the news of the last couple of weeks, and it was bitter disappointment and anger that I heard over and over. A friend of mine put it in the starkest terms, actually, two of them did. The best synopsis of what at least those two were saying was, "Hey I've been asked for the last three cycles to hold off going Green (or Independent), because we just need one more cycle, just one more election, to get where we need to be. And ya know what? I'm through waiting, I want to put my energies into the future. Into building a party that actually stands up for what's right."

I argued with them, but I just couldn't bring myself to ask them to wait one more election cycle, all I could get out of them was that they would wait and see how the Democrats did in the next couple of months, and who they nominated in 2008, and then they would make a determination on whether they would vote to hire one of them to run the country.

Frankly, isn't that what we are all doing in some sense?

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