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Response to in2herbs (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:25 AM

2. no -- Manchin might be the most "Democratic" senator WV would elect

I am not knowledgeable of political facts on the ground in WV (never having been there) but it seems to me that UNLESS another Democrat who is at least as good/not more GOPish can be elected senator there, then the Dems need that seat

If he votes for a Dem majority leader to replace McConnell, then he is better than the "best" Republican.

By the same measure, however, in the MANY areas represented by Democrats where more progressive Democrats COULD well be elected, we SHOULD primary them and oppose the DNC's efforts to crush any ability of autonomous progressive national mobilization within the Party. In my district (Neal's in MA), DEFINITELY a more progressive Democrat can be elected -- one who would CUT the military budget rather than justify its ballooning on the grounds of jobs in the district. The same goes, I think for Sen Gillibrand in NY and LOTS of other Democrats in Congress. There is no substitute for doing the work on the ground to get a constituency to the point of being willing to support a more progressive candidate in largely "red" areas, but in the meantime, Dems need to back 'the best we can get' even if that isn't exactly what progressive Democrats would like

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