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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:24 am 
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DCCC believes consultants, television ads, big-money donors and blue dogs are road to winning 2018.

There is undeniable energy among the Democratic base for the 2018 elections. Much of that energy is on the left, with grassroots activists advocating for unabashedly progressive policies. Candidates, including record-braking numbers of women, are tapping into this energy and running for state legislatures and Congress. So how is the DCC responding, and determining which candidates are viable and who isn’t?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1 ... in-in-2018

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:02 am 
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You ought to read the comments about that article at the dailykos. :D

I liked this one by justagurlinseattle:

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Um, even if they vote with Republicans some of the time, having that Majority means we would get to chose who heads the committees, and what bills get to the floor, who will get a hearing for confirmation to the courts.

That majority means a LOT more than just passing bills, and that is what the LEFT needs to learn.

A Conservative Democrat that votes with the Democrats 70% of the time is MUCH better than a Republican who votes with the Democrats ZERO% of the time.

When it comes to politics in a country as big as the USA, one size fits all is a disaster waiting to happen.

Yes, sometimes senators vote the way their constituents would like them to… that is why the represent their states and areas.

When a Democrat votes with the GOP it is disappointing, I am more concerned if they support the most important votes for the party.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:02 am 
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I agree they need to refocus on small donors, use social media more and big TV ad buys less (*), and get rid of the fucking useless high-priced paid political consultants like Mark Penn and Dick Morris. Plus work all 50 states.

Of course, they didn't ask me.

(*) TV ads work, but we're starting to notice, I think, we may have hit the wall there of diminishing returns.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:54 pm 
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The Dead Enders

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First

IN THE WAKE of the 2016 election, a group of despairing Democrats in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formed a new political group to ensure that they would never be out-organized locally again. Faith leaders, small-business owners, social workers, nonprofit leaders, teachers, and students joined together as part of the historic dusting-off that was taking place all across the country. The group, which came to call itself Lancaster Stands Up, put its energy toward defending the Affordable Care Act from its multiple assaults in Washington and fending off the tea party-dominated state legislature in Harrisburg.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/23/dcc ... gressives/


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:20 pm 
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The Dead Enders

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First

IN THE WAKE of the 2016 election, a group of despairing Democrats in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formed a new political group to ensure that they would never be out-organized locally again. Faith leaders, small-business owners, social workers, nonprofit leaders, teachers, and students joined together as part of the historic dusting-off that was taking place all across the country. The group, which came to call itself Lancaster Stands Up, put its energy toward defending the Affordable Care Act from its multiple assaults in Washington and fending off the tea party-dominated state legislature in Harrisburg.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/23/dcc ... gressives/


No they don't, they don't have to get past the Democratic Party First. Any candidates who wants to can create their own party to file their candidacy with, and go right to battling Donald Trump on their own.

However if they want to join in the battle with Donald Trump which the Democratic party is coordinating then they have to coordinate their efforts with the party, and not be lone rangers about it.

It's pretty simple and reasonable.


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What It's Like To Be Rolodexed: One Candidate's Journey Into The Reality Of Political Fundraising

THE FIRST DOOR I knocked on as a congressional candidate was a gut check.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/31/dem ... sing-dccc/


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:43 am 
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Democratic Establishment Tries To Keep Progressives Off Congressional Ballots

Several congressional candidates are facing expensive lawsuits from the Democratic establishment, who are challenging their ballot petitions

Several grassroots and progressive congressional candidates are facing expensive lawsuits from the Democratic establishment, which is challenging their ballot petitions in hopes of clearing the primary field.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?opt ... ival=21008


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California Democratic Party Shields Top Dems From Primary Challengers

Despite petition challenges from primary opponents, the California Democratic Party formally endorsed Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Anthony Rendon

In California, the State Democratic Party has made efforts to protect centrist Democratic incumbents, using questionable technicalities to dismiss primary challengers’ petitions for the party’s endorsement.

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Is Nancy Pelosi a "centrist"? Here I thought she was too left wing and that's why Tim Ryan should replace her. I am so confused. :?

She founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
ProgressivePunch rates her as the 24th most progressive/liberal person in Congress.
http://progressivepunch.org/scores.htm?house=house

Now look, words have meaning. As I keep saying. How is the 24th most liberal person in Congress a "centrist"?

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Is Nancy Pelosi a "centrist"? Here I thought she was too left wing and that's why Tim Ryan should replace her. I am so confused. :?

She founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
ProgressivePunch rates her as the 24th most progressive/liberal person in Congress.
http://progressivepunch.org/scores.htm?house=house

Now look, words have meaning. As I keep saying. How is the 24th most liberal person in Congress a "centrist"?


She sedd OFF THE TAAAAAABLLLLLLLLE

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The Left, let's see, that means:
1. People who were left (no pun intended) behind in a good education.
2. Mentally delusional people who believe in giving hope a meaning.
3. Teenagers with raging hormones.
4. People on bad drugs.
5. People burned out on too many drugs.
6. People subverted to communism.

Who needs them.

Some people on the Left in the past, like MLK, were heroes.

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:arrow: Democrats need to stay focused and do what Down With Tyranny advises.....

NRCC Promises To Smear Every Democratic Candidate With Ugly GOP Sexism About Pelosi

Back in early December we were warning Democratic candidates to start inoculating themselves immediately from the sure GOP attack that is coming-- "my opponent" is a Nancy Pelosi puppet." Remember when God tried to kill scores of Republicans on the train last week? It didn't work and they managed to get to West Virginia where they immediately started plotting how to thwart the 2018 wave.

"No one knows how to run against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi better than Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)," wrote Jonathan Allen. "In 2010, he made her the central figure in his campaign to win a rematch against Mary Jo Kilroy, the Democratic incumbent who had defeated him by little more than 2,000 votes in 2008." That was a Republican wave cycle, so let's not kid ourselves.

"Her record mirrors Pelosi's," Stivers said back then. "Really, my focus is going to be on Pelosi and Kilroy." Across the country that year, anti-Pelosi ads were a fixture in Republican campaigns, and Stivers, who ended up winning Round 2 by a whopping 13 percentage points, became part of a freshman class that delivered the House back into GOP hands after Pelosi's four-year run as speaker. . Now, as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Stivers is charged with fending off a Democratic wave and keeping the GOP's House majority in this year's midterm elections.

And he's dusting off the old playbook.

"Nancy Pelosi has stayed in the spotlight," Stivers explained said this week as he outlined the GOP's fall campaign plan at a news conference on the sidelines of a congressional Republican retreat here. The question is whether Pelosi is as toxic now, with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, as she was then. Republicans are certain that she is.

On Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence told Republicans here that Pelosi is “out of touch with the American people” because she described corporate bonuses of $1,000 as "crumbs" compared to the benefits the wealthy will receive under President Donald Trump's signature tax cut. The next day, in front of the same audience of House and Senate Republicans, Trump likened the remark to Hillary Clinton's formulation that half of Trump's 2016 campaign supporters were "deplorables."

Some Democrats fear that the prospect of Pelosi taking the speaker's gavel from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will hurt their party's chances in swing districts. Her approval ratings have hovered just below 30 percent. And Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate running for the House in a western Pennsylvania special election next month, has said he would not vote for Pelosi to lead the party if he's elected.

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And Pelosi isn't the only national leader who most voters hate. Paul Ryan is even more despised than Pelosi-- although the DCCC doesn't understand how to turn that into votes. They're so pathetic. Recent polling has Ryan's unfavorable rating at 49.3%, compared to 48.7% for Pelosi.

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:arrow: Democrats need to stay focused and do what Down With Tyranny advises.....

NRCC Promises To Smear Every Democratic Candidate With Ugly GOP Sexism About Pelosi

Back in early December we were warning Democratic candidates to start inoculating themselves immediately from the sure GOP attack that is coming-- "my opponent" is a Nancy Pelosi puppet." Remember when God tried to kill scores of Republicans on the train last week? It didn't work and they managed to get to West Virginia where they immediately started plotting how to thwart the 2018 wave.

"No one knows how to run against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi better than Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)," wrote Jonathan Allen. "In 2010, he made her the central figure in his campaign to win a rematch against Mary Jo Kilroy, the Democratic incumbent who had defeated him by little more than 2,000 votes in 2008." That was a Republican wave cycle, so let's not kid ourselves.

"Her record mirrors Pelosi's," Stivers said back then. "Really, my focus is going to be on Pelosi and Kilroy." Across the country that year, anti-Pelosi ads were a fixture in Republican campaigns, and Stivers, who ended up winning Round 2 by a whopping 13 percentage points, became part of a freshman class that delivered the House back into GOP hands after Pelosi's four-year run as speaker. . Now, as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Stivers is charged with fending off a Democratic wave and keeping the GOP's House majority in this year's midterm elections.

And he's dusting off the old playbook.

"Nancy Pelosi has stayed in the spotlight," Stivers explained said this week as he outlined the GOP's fall campaign plan at a news conference on the sidelines of a congressional Republican retreat here. The question is whether Pelosi is as toxic now, with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, as she was then. Republicans are certain that she is.

On Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence told Republicans here that Pelosi is “out of touch with the American people” because she described corporate bonuses of $1,000 as "crumbs" compared to the benefits the wealthy will receive under President Donald Trump's signature tax cut. The next day, in front of the same audience of House and Senate Republicans, Trump likened the remark to Hillary Clinton's formulation that half of Trump's 2016 campaign supporters were "deplorables."

Some Democrats fear that the prospect of Pelosi taking the speaker's gavel from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will hurt their party's chances in swing districts. Her approval ratings have hovered just below 30 percent. And Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate running for the House in a western Pennsylvania special election next month, has said he would not vote for Pelosi to lead the party if he's elected.

<snip>

And Pelosi isn't the only national leader who most voters hate. Paul Ryan is even more despised than Pelosi-- although the DCCC doesn't understand how to turn that into votes. They're so pathetic. Recent polling has Ryan's unfavorable rating at 49.3%, compared to 48.7% for Pelosi.


Down With Tyranny advises "Democratic candidates to start inoculating themselves immediately from the sure GOP attack that is coming-- "my opponent" is a Nancy Pelosi puppet." ???

When I read that and tried to figure out what it was that "Down With Tyranny advises," that seemed to be it. :shock:


Why does Down With Tyranny think it's better that Democratic candidates be GOP puppets than they be Nancy Pelosi puppets?

Because if they take Down With Tyranny's advise to inoculate themselves from that GOP attack," GOP puppets is what they would be.


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:arrow: Democrats need to stay focused and do what Down With Tyranny advises.....


Or else what?

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NRCC Promises To Smear Every Democratic Candidate With Ugly GOP Sexism About Pelosi

Back in early December we were warning Democratic candidates to start inoculating themselves immediately from the sure GOP attack that is coming-- "my opponent" is a Nancy Pelosi puppet." Remember when God tried to kill scores of Republicans on the train last week? It didn't work and they managed to get to West Virginia where they immediately started plotting how to thwart the 2018 wave.

"No one knows how to run against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi better than Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)," wrote Jonathan Allen. "In 2010, he made her the central figure in his campaign to win a rematch against Mary Jo Kilroy, the Democratic incumbent who had defeated him by little more than 2,000 votes in 2008." That was a Republican wave cycle, so let's not kid ourselves.

"Her record mirrors Pelosi's," Stivers said back then. "Really, my focus is going to be on Pelosi and Kilroy." Across the country that year, anti-Pelosi ads were a fixture in Republican campaigns, and Stivers, who ended up winning Round 2 by a whopping 13 percentage points, became part of a freshman class that delivered the House back into GOP hands after Pelosi's four-year run as speaker. . Now, as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Stivers is charged with fending off a Democratic wave and keeping the GOP's House majority in this year's midterm elections.

And he's dusting off the old playbook.

"Nancy Pelosi has stayed in the spotlight," Stivers explained said this week as he outlined the GOP's fall campaign plan at a news conference on the sidelines of a congressional Republican retreat here. The question is whether Pelosi is as toxic now, with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, as she was then. Republicans are certain that she is.

On Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence told Republicans here that Pelosi is “out of touch with the American people” because she described corporate bonuses of $1,000 as "crumbs" compared to the benefits the wealthy will receive under President Donald Trump's signature tax cut. The next day, in front of the same audience of House and Senate Republicans, Trump likened the remark to Hillary Clinton's formulation that half of Trump's 2016 campaign supporters were "deplorables."

Some Democrats fear that the prospect of Pelosi taking the speaker's gavel from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will hurt their party's chances in swing districts. Her approval ratings have hovered just below 30 percent. And Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate running for the House in a western Pennsylvania special election next month, has said he would not vote for Pelosi to lead the party if he's elected.

<snip>

And Pelosi isn't the only national leader who most voters hate. Paul Ryan is even more despised than Pelosi-- although the DCCC doesn't understand how to turn that into votes. They're so pathetic. Recent polling has Ryan's unfavorable rating at 49.3%, compared to 48.7% for Pelosi.


Feh, which "most voters" hate Pelosi?

The ones who watch Fox propaganda, and progs still arguing the primaries?

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