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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

The Delawareliberal Take on State and County Races


I opened this can of worms, so I feel I should lay out the "Delawareliberal Voting Agenda" in consice terms so there is no confusion.

In general elections:

1) I'm working for and voting for the Democratic ticket.

2) That means I am going to end up voting for some crappy Dems from time to time.

3) I will never EVER vote for a third party candidate out of "protest". That protest vote is a vote for the republican.

In primary elections:

1) I'm working for and voting for the more progressive candidate.

2) That means (over the long run) I will not have to vote for as many crappy Dems in the future.

I do this becuase the Democratic party is the party of civil rights, economic justice, firm and fair relations within the international community, and along with organized labor, a check on the rapacious greed of twentieth century capitalism. I'm voting the ticket to make sure it gets back to that.

Comments:
Agree, except:

In primary elections:
1) I'm working for and voting for the more progressive candidate.

This is how the party gets pushed too far to the left. I gotta go with the Dem I think can win, as long as he/she doesn't have any dealbreakers.
 
"the Dem I think can win"


Primary voters voted for Kerry for that reason and look what happened.
 
Touche. But it's still important to think tactically. Casey isn't the most progressive guy they could find, but he will win a PA Senate seat for the Dems.
 
I'd vote for Casey over the more progressive candidate. That's a good example. I'm going to need to rewrite my rules in a slightly less dogmatic prose.
 
Check that. O don't have details, but it seems Casey is screwing up on the Alito issue. I know Casey is "pro-life" but Alito is a disaster seven way to sunday.
 
Casey doesn't have to vote on Alito...
 
I think he screwed up by making some pro-Alito statements. Details to follow.
 
Nah, he just took the issue away from Santorum. Saying nice things about Alito is a freebie for Casey; it costs him nothing. But if Casey comes out against Alito, he activates Santorum's base. Now Casey can continue demolishing Rick without having to argue about Roe v. Wade.
 
But if Casey comes out against Alito, he activates Santorum's base.

Doesn't Casey saying nice things about Alito "passivate" the Democratic base?

Also, it appears that the Alito/abortion issue is affecting Casey. Santorum is just 10 points back now, after being 15 down earlier this month, and 20 points down in November.
 
Doesn't Casey saying nice things about Alito "passivate" the Democratic base?

No, because we really, really hate Santorum.
 
Then why is Santorum gaining? I imagine only hard-core conservatives like him.
 
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