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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-10 05:48 AM
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17. The last time a liberal challenged a President perceived as weak, we got 8 years of St. Ronnie.
And super delegatess, plus formation of the DLC, plus the two 2007-2008 Democrat contenders trying to outdo each other praising Reagan and both putting that slime on their list of Top Ten Presidents EVER.

I heard some pundit say a sitting president who is challenged significantly in the primary loses, period.

Not saying it was cause and effect or that the same thing would happen in these very different times as happened then. Just saying.

I think my party way overreacted to the Nixon and Reagan landslides--or maybe some Party leaders just used them as an excuse to take the Party where they had wanted it to go anyway. (Many Southerners, faced with a fomerly Democratic (includig Dixiecrats) "Solid South" that began turning red under JFK and LBJ.) IMO, I'd rather see a classic Democratic Congress than a Democratic President and a Republican Congress--and classic Democrats had pretty much dominated Congress since Hoover.

But, right now, I think the DLC types and DNC are pretty much one and the same. And, in turn, that has carried the nation rightward, even though plenty of Democratic voters are classic Democrats or left of classic Democrats and very disheartened by now.

I fear a scenario where voters know mostly that they are always unhappy, even if they don't know why, so they just keep throwing out incumbents, be they red or blue. That will happen, I fear, as long as we see no clear differences in the economic policies of the two parties. (And before anyone raises the budget under Clinton, U.S. budget and U.S economy are not one and the same.)
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