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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:24 PM

 

We Better Not Take This Victory for Granted

Now that the euphoria of Tuesday is wearing off, the election reality of the past three elections over the past 4 years should teach us something. If we turn out the vote, we win, if we don't we're doomed.

Here in Massachusetts, it's a striking difference between the Special Election on Jan. 19, 2010 and Nov. 6, 2012. In a large turnout election, no one touches our candidates. In a low turn out election, a half-witted Republican took Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in the Bay State.

2012 was a great victory for us. I loved it, and it made an electoral statement. But here's a fact of life, politically speaking. There are more of us than there are of them. Young people, minorities and union members. However, we seem to turn out in Presidential Election years and they turn out all the time.

If we don't keep the same passion and organization for the 2014 elections as we did this past Tuesday, we will have a short lived celebration, and the other side will clean our clock in the "off year".

I never miss a vote, and I'm sure those of you here at DU don't either. But if we want to avoid elections that appear like ocean tides that run in two year cycles, we had better not let happen to us again what happened to us in 2010.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:27 PM

1. My euphoria will not wear off for a very long time

Otherwise, nice post.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:31 PM

2. I vote every election and I think after the debacle of '10 we will not repeat!

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:32 PM

3. I think Democrats will fully implement the Obama campaign team

 

during future elections. That's a movement we need to keep alive!

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:33 PM

4. In my opinion, the Democratic Party didnít win the last election and the Republican Party didnít

 

lose.

Both lost and two party politics is effectively dying in these United States.

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Response to jody (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:42 PM

7. Whenever I'm faced with your opinion

 

I like to quote Winston Churchill.

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others".

I'm also reminded of an old Boston political quote, "don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative".

As long as we have two major parties and a third party vote is just thrown away, I'll stick to being a Democrat.

If a thousand people who voted for Nadar in Florida in 2000 had voted for Al Gore, life would be a hell of a lot better for a hell of a lot of people.

Although you are entitled to your opinion, I heartily disagree. If the was no difference between the two parties, why would Sheldon Adleson and the Kock Brothers give a half a billion dollars to the other side?

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Response to louis c (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:06 PM

9. Democracy has nothing to do with my post. IMO party politics as evolved by the two parties is dying.

 

I will not speculate on what might replace it.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:33 PM

5. I've been telling people this all week.

I regret to say I didn't vote in 2010 and we ended up with a moron like Rick Scott as governor.

I'm in my early 20's and all of my friends have very similar political views so I'm going to make sure to light a fire under their asses in every mid-term election from now on.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:36 PM

6. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Tea Party filled it last time.

 

Never again.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:43 PM

8. Just look at my sig line

It says it all.

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