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  • Originally posted by LynahFan View Post

    And the media runs around yelling, “Samesies!”
    Does it really matter if it is "Samesies" or not if in the end the house burns down? Do you think the now homeless person feels better because [insert Dem here] showed up for a photo op and railed about how to prevent this a day late? The person is still screwed either way the GOP is just honest about who they are.

    See that is the Dems problem...they sure can tell us everything that is wrong and have a million ideas that might work but they don't have the game to close the deal. The old guard likes the status quo too much and the new guard often can't get out of their own way unless their name is AOC. They have spent almost my entire life allowing terms like "Progressive" and "Liberal" become slurs to the average person. They run from almost any sort of real adversity and think history is the ultimate judge. It isnt. We are living now and the Dems are showing that once again they are the kings of the regular season but choke when the games get serious.

    I mean for ****** sake the GOP literally has no platform. They have run some of the most mindless and stupid campaigns in political history...the type of stuff that is normally a joke and laughed off on Election Day. AND THEY FUCKING WIN! And it isn't because they cheat, it is because people would rather vote for the person that is going to shoot them in the face than the one who will stab them in the back. The Democrats have lost the blue collar union worker...TO A PARTY THAT HATES FUCKING UNIONS! They have lost the elderly to a party that denies them health care and openly said they should die to save the economy during a Pandemic. They lost women to a party that wishes they would go back to being Donna Reed and **** about equality. They are so worried about making sure no one has ever made a mistake ever in their life that they forget that most Americans don't give a crap as long as they can make their nut each month. They never learn, they just repeat the same stupid mistakes every time they have a shot to make things better, they lose power and the GOP just gets handed everything they want. They are such spineless twats they can't even keep their caucus in line when literally the fate of Democracy is at stake. (which they spend hours telling us about so we keep the checks rolling in) All they can do is whine about Donald Trump and then hold hearings that go nowhere. At least when the GOP pulls that stunt people pay attention.

    The Dems are too weak willed to honestly make a difference anymore. That is why people flock to strong man losers like Trump.
    Last edited by Handyman; 02-22-2022, 09:05 PM.
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    • I'm with Handyman, I think, at least in principle. One party is evil and the other is grossly incompetent. Sure, one is demonstrably worse. But we're collectively screwed either way as there aren't any adults left in the room.
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      • Originally posted by Swansong View Post
        I'm with Handyman, I think, at least in principle. One party is evil and the other is grossly incompetent. Sure, one is demonstrably worse. But we're collectively screwed either way as there aren't any adults left in the room.
        The Dems are not "grossly incompetent." They are average. And they operate in an environment where 48% of the electorate is backing an actual fascist party. How are they supposed to govern effectively when half the country wants the end of democracy?
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        • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

          The Dems are not "grossly incompetent." They are average. And they operate in an environment where 48% of the electorate is backing an actual fascist party. How are they supposed to govern effectively when half the country wants the end of democracy?
          Grow a spine, perhaps?

          Maybe punch the bully in the mouth instead of wagging their finger yelling "don't do that?"

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          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

            The Dems are not "grossly incompetent." They are average. And they operate in an environment where 48% of the electorate is backing an actual fascist party. How are they supposed to govern effectively when half the country wants the end of democracy?
            If they weren't grossly incompetent at least 10% of that 48% would easily vote left. ffs Hillary lost to Trump and the Dems should not be in danger of losing the House.

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            • Can’t believe I’m defending Kep, but I’m certain he’d want Dems to grow spines and punch mouths if they could. Manchin, Sinema, and to a lesser extent, conservative Dems in the House, all block any ambitious government spending. Pelosi, Schumer, are both bought and paid for, but they’re far to the left of the two Senators I mentioned. They can only prod and cajole the Manchins of the world so much. Manchin benefits politically voting against ambitious government spending, so that’s a basically impossible fix. We have people like Drew vote for Sara Gideon instead of Susan “democracy saver” Collins, and now it’s just a Sinema problem.

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              • The thing I don't get is that the very people who criticize the Dems the most are the ones who turn around and object whenever we voice proposals for serious economic reform. That would break the logjam. The Dems are hemmed in because they won't commit to decent economic justice for fear of alienating centrists and their wealthy donors. So we continue with low energy leaders and policies that just nibble at the edge of the catastrophic transfer of wealth from the working class to the upper class since Reagan which drives every one of our internal crises.

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                • Originally posted by psych View Post
                  Can’t believe I’m defending Kep, but I’m certain he’d want Dems to grow spines and punch mouths if they could. Manchin, Sinema, and to a lesser extent, conservative Dems in the House, all block any ambitious government spending. Pelosi, Schumer, are both bought and paid for, but they’re far to the left of the two Senators I mentioned. They can only prod and cajole the Manchins of the world so much. Manchin benefits politically voting against ambitious government spending, so that’s a basically impossible fix. We have people like Drew vote for Sara Gideon instead of Susan “democracy saver” Collins, and now it’s just a Sinema problem.
                  Can’t believe I’m defending psych, but he nailed it. 10 out of 10.
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                  • You go to war with the Democrats you have, not the Democrats you wish you had.
                    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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                    • Originally posted by rufus View Post
                      You go to war with the Democrats you have, not the Democrats you wish you had.
                      For sure. And so, they lost. Manchin was too weak of a link on the big, partisan stuff. The Covid relief package was nice, and the bipartisan (but mostly Democratic) infrastructure bill is a good starting point, assuming they pass a budget to implement it. That said, the climate/human-oriented social stuff stopped with Manchin. Sanders and Harris both went after Manchin in his home state. Manchin said “Fuck you. I’m going on Fox.” Game over.
                      He should be a solid vote for Biden’s judicial nominees, including the Supreme Court. If Democrats somehow hold the Senate in a Republican leaning midterm environment, Manchin can become Majority Leader, assuming he hangs on. That’s going to require a massive turnaround, or perceived turnaround, on inflation. With the way the world is currently set up, much of it not Biden’s fault, that’s not looking too promising.

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                      • Again, as a marginalized person:

                        I can respect the honesty of hard R "FOADIAF." I don't like it, but it's consistent, it's clear, it's direct.


                        I can't respect most Democrats' empty promises and empty symbolic gestures. They're like every cishet male who's wanted to date me. They promise the world and can't deliver more than 5 cents.
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                        • The problem you have Kepler is, you think because you are right (or we are right) that that somehow matters. It just doesn't. You are falling for the very trap the GOP lays for you...binary thinking. It works for them because their fans are ride or die and the middle will go with the prevailing winds. It doesn't work for us because there is a spectrum of belief even amongst our own caucus. We need to remember that such spectrums exist across the political landscape. You like to pretend The Center doesn't exist or that it is awful and terrible but The Center is how you win and the Dems are losing The Center.

                          The people criticize us not because we are wrong, but because certain issues matter more than others and we just always blow our wad fighting the fights the majority just seem bored with. The average person isn't as learned as us on a lot of things so they go with their gut or what they feel is the best option for them. Well gut feelings and perceptions are all about marketing and the GOP does that well while we can't even get out of the gate. Our messaging is terrible and we never really pump up the things we do well. We listen to the stupid comments made by the morons that are in the GOP tent, shake our head but never actually engage to the level we need to. We all look like Hillary Clinton at the Benghazi Hearings wondering what is going on because we know the truth. We then make the mistake in thinking everyone else does too.

                          We can't just ignore everyone who isn't where we are at on all the issues. We need to fight the fights we can win then Trojan Horse America back to reality. Otherwise we better pray Trump runs again because otherwise things are going to get real ugly especially if we don't get prices down.

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                          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                            The thing I don't get is that the very people who criticize the Dems the most are the ones who turn around and object whenever we voice proposals for serious economic reform.
                            We can't shut up the Qtards and their media driven shrieking, but we can talk about things that matter.

                            Your statement here ignores the people in this room who are not criticizing the Dems for what they stand for but for being disorganized, lacking unity, and for failing to communicates a clear vision that resonates with the majority of Americans.

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                            • There are two different Americas, and Dems aren't very fluent in Ruralamerican.

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                              • Originally posted by burd View Post
                                There are two different Americas, and Dems aren't very fluent in Ruralamerican.
                                They were though. Once. The economic stuff hasn’t disappeared. Democrats’ policies still help them way more than the GOP’s garbage. You just have to find the right messengers. People who aren’t condescending fuckwads, so maybe you can pick off a few of them and win along the margins. And, not only that, but appear safe and meek, like make sure it’s clear to everyone you’re not a huge liberal, while still being a fairly huge liberal, like Jon Tester. White cishet male from Montana willing to throw down nearly $3.5 trillion of government spending. Helps keep the other side’s voters home.
                                Kep can manage and train the a—hat libertarians who tell everyone what it means to be a Democrat after converting later in life, because we need them too. I’ll work on the few apathetic Southerners who would/will vote Democrat if they were just more engaged in the process, rather than not vote at all. Like my wife. Win-win. Now, we just need people to convince voters like Drew that it’s irresponsible to tell Democrats what the Democratic platform should look like when he votes for Republicans.

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