8 comments June 12th, 2006at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

Just a couple of brief, distilled thoughts that I may or may not have expressed here in wordier form:

1) The principal problem with congressional Democrats, and why I fear that they will not adequately take advantage of Bush’s soaring unpopularity, is not their failure to work the media or express a coherent agenda. It is their failure to materially oppose Republican nominees and initiatives. How will the Democrats use the Republicans’ voting records against them when half of their own party voted the same way?

Their opposition doesn’t have to be successful every time, but it does have to be undeniable.

2) The most important thing about a Lamont victory in Connecticut is not that it would replace a fake Dem with a real Dem, nice as that would be. It’s that it would represent a power shift from corporations and lobbyists, to citizens and netroots. I simply cannot understate how huge this would be.

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  • 1. Blue Gal  |  June 12th, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    I absolutely agree. There’s a good post, not mine, of course, on the Democrats agenda or lack thereof, here:

  • 2. Blue Gal  |  June 12th, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Oh sorry. Link here.

  • 3. Elmo  |  June 12th, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    The Dem’s better start grabbing their balls…or we’re going to have to cut ’em off.

  • 4. Eli  |  June 12th, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks, BG. The Democrats should force the Republicans to go on the record as being against healthcare, Social Security, equitable taxes, transparent & fair elections, etc., etc.

    Yes, the Republicans might win, but come election time, you say “Here’s what the Republicans stand for; here’s what the Democrats stand for. Take your pick.” Make the Republicans *own* their votes.

    Um… Elmo? I think that ship has already sailed. We should be researching and fundraising ball implants.

  • 5. flory  |  June 13th, 2006 at 1:21 am

    it would represent a power shift from corporations and lobbyists, to citizens and netroots.

    And not just a shift of support for any old Senate seat, but Holy Joe’s seat. One of the most well funded corporatists in the Senate. And funded by one of the most pernicious special interests — the financial services industry. Right up there with the energy companies and defense industry in their corrupting influence on government.

  • 6. Eli  |  June 13th, 2006 at 1:37 am

    Politicians will suck up to whoever gives them the best chance to get elected. If the netroots eclipse the lobbyists, we will see a *huge* sea change.

  • 7. Multi Medium » The &hellip  |  January 27th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    […] 2.2. Democrats must consistently oppose Republican policies and nominees, even when they can’t win. When campaign season rolls around, they need to tie the Republicans’ votes around their necks, and this is considerably more difficult when half or more of the Democratic caucus voted with them. […]

  • 8. Multi Medium » Why &hellip  |  April 29th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    […] to force votes that make the Republicans show their true colors and then make them own those votes for almost four years now.  Simply compromising bills on economic stimulus, carbon emissions, and healthcare reform into […]

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