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Progressives Must Play Better Politics

A Friday Night Rant urging progressives to get smarter about playing politics.
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Milt Shook @miltshook

When GOP expresses bigotry agst anyone but straight white males, they limit electoral chances. It's only emo progs who keep them in power.

28/01/2012 10:04:54 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

We have the greatest opportunity in generations to turn this into a progressive nation. The GOP is a smaller minority than ever. ...

28/01/2012 10:08:29 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

... But it'll take concentration, and it will take as much as 30-40 yrs, to take hold. But we must reverse the damage neocons have done ...

28/01/2012 10:09:51 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

THe question progs have to ask themselves is, can they jump off their high horse, and stop trying to micromanage the politics? ...

28/01/2012 10:11:13 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

... And start playing politics in such a way that leads to winning elections AND turning the body politic to our way of thinking.

28/01/2012 10:12:00 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

It's not about stunts that don't work, or protests that are more like slumber parties than political events.

28/01/2012 10:12:44 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

It's about learning to take the best politicians you can find now (who can win!) and working to get progressively better pols in the future.

28/01/2012 10:13:40 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

THAT is progressive politics. It's not having the "right" stance on issues; it's about making progress with gov't.

28/01/2012 10:14:24 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

It doesn't matter how you feel about the issues. If you're not tying to get the people elected who are best able to make it happen ...

28/01/2012 10:15:10 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

... then you're not really "progressive," except as a label. The root word of "progressive" is "progress" for a reason.

28/01/2012 10:16:00 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Progressive politics is NOT a coffee klatch, it's not a trend, it's not a fad; it's a movement; a movement that's been stuck for 40 yrs.

28/01/2012 10:16:44 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

We keep slitting our own throats at election time, and it really has to stop. We can no longer afford it. Neocons have run things too long.

28/01/2012 10:17:31 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Neocons make up less than 20% of population, yet they keep winning, because they're able to depress turnout, and WE HELP THEM.

28/01/2012 10:19:05 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Look back at our record. Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry... WE undermined them by not supporting them. They weren't "pure" enough.

28/01/2012 10:20:12 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Hate to break it to you, folks, but that's democracy. Full on progs make up MAYBE 15% of populace. We can't win on our own.

28/01/2012 10:21:19 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Candidates will always reflect their constituencies, voters. Until we can get 218 districts, 51 state majorities to think our way...

28/01/2012 10:22:41 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

... and I think all will agree, that will take hard work. It CAN be done, but it won't be quick, and we can't be lazy.

28/01/2012 10:23:37 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

FIRST, we need to get rid of the RW. That means tolerating Blue Dogs. That's not selling out; that's how politics works.

28/01/2012 10:24:59 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

You can't start at the top and then get pissed off in 2 years when the country doesn't magically change.

28/01/2012 10:25:31 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

If you're "disappointed" in Obama, you're a political neophyte, period. U may immerse urself in politics, but you're not actually learning.

28/01/2012 10:26:29 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Impossible to be a political realist and be disappointed in Obama. For chrissakes, folks, 30 yrs of neocon can't be done away with in 2 yrs

28/01/2012 10:27:40 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

My advice to all political "junkies"; get away from the TV/Opinion once in a while, talk to real people.

28/01/2012 10:28:42 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Not all info you read is good info. In order to be effective, politically, you have to be discerning, understand diff bet good/bad info.

28/01/2012 10:30:30 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

To those progs who think "criticizing" is so important, get a clue. The ppl KNOW what the important probs are. They'd like solutions!

28/01/2012 10:36:47 WIB
Milt Shook @miltshook

Constantly complaining just serves to discourage voters, which plays into the RW's hands. They WANT fewer voters.

28/01/2012 10:37:29 WIB
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