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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

call me a contrarian

I just think the Democratic grassroots needs to be:

a) more critical of our liberal Democratic leadership than eviscerating moderates right now

b) much more focused on vulnerable Republicans than anyone

On A: Constructive, persistent criticism of folks like Kerry, Pelosi, Dean, Edwards, Hillary and Obama is the due of leadership. It comes with the territory and makes them better leaders. How can we expect anyone to "fight to win" if we aren't critical of how our leaders lead the battles we find important? It's not just about fighting...leadership is also about winning.

On B: The netroots virtually ignores vulnerable Republicans. We are idiots in this regard....churning our anger against media personalities, media outlets, the "scandal du jour" and "sell out Dems". There are a ton of Republican incumbents who are worthy of a little netroots attention. It would be great to see some blogger focus given to Republicans like Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce. She represents Ohio's 15th district and her race did not receive near enough attention in 2004, despite the fact that her district includes some very Democratic precincts in Columbus, Ohio.

Simply put:

We won't make progress if we don't hold our leaders accountable for actually winning.

We won't make progress if we let GOP incumbents off the hook.

PS. We lost the battle on the Budget Bill today 216-214. That article spells it out. Here's what Congresswoman Deborah Pryce had to say:

"American taxpayers, and anyone concerned with the nation's long-term fiscal stability, have won a great victory today," said House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (Ohio).

I may be a contrarian, but I think I'm right.


  • Beyond criticism, there's one more powerful tool we shoul dbe focused on:

    Voter registration. Now, not in September or November of an election year, but every day.

    Found a non-voter? Find out why. Then figure out how you're going to get that person to the polls.

    By Blogger rhetoretician, at 10:33 PM  

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