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  •  Conservatives in the Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

    They hold a lot of money and power.

    So, I see a future in which they will use that to retard any changes (e.g., rule changes to make it harder, packing leadership rules so new voices can not break through, etc).

    I am not as hopeful as you are.

    I think the electorate will be more left of center than right of center with things like Medicare for all becoming more possible (although not certain), but I also think the two-parties have acted in concert to prevent any real change from the corporate interests that control politics, and I don't see them changing or  allowing change to occur.

    My guess is that they will put a series of trojan horse candidates or hollowed out policies that look the part. The problem is that neither will have any impact on the situationf or voters in the long term, and I also believe that overtime it will lead to greater voter apathy. I am not convinced this will mean better outcomes to the left other than in rhetoric. BUt we will see.

    •  And this is how to challenge their power (0+ / 0-)
      I think the electorate will be more left of center than right of center
      We've gotten so used to losing on the left that we've forgotten how to win, and in democratic politics there is and has always been only one way to do that, political pressure. If we can leverage the increasingly left-leaning tendencies of voters to pressure centrists and Repubs, then that's the ballgame. They can keep their valued spots on MTP and Morning Shmoe so long as on policy, they yield.

      Every far-right nutjob they nominate in the GOP makes it easier for us to elect a Dem. Every centrist Dem who votes with Repubs becomes more primariable. The politics of the nation are shifting our way. We just need to know how to exploit it.

      The Reagan era is over.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:34:11 PM PST

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