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Response to Lionessa (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:47 PM

5. I agree. Policies, not politicians, is key to winning more seats and keeping

power.

When the people FEEL you're going to DC to work on behalf of them, not against them; that you're willing to pass policies to help make their lives better . . . they will vote for you. Well, those with more than half a working brain, that is (TeaBaggers not included).

The shellacking the Democrats suffered in 2010, I believe, is because congressional Democrats, despite their majorities, were acting weak or more like Republicans, and were allowing the Republicans to have too much power that they were able to water down strong Democratic bills, like a strong public option.

When Americans watched the lackluster performance by congressional Democrats, and they felt jilted, they decided to return the favor - not knowing, of course, the repercussions in the form of redistricting that will make it harder for Democrats to win back the House. This was a clear case, although unintended, of cutting one's nose to spite one's face. The only really good thing that came out of the shellacking was, the Democratic Party got a major wake-up call and spines began to grow. Let's hope these are not anomalies, but spines that'll stay awhile.

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