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Re: “Report: Bloomberg looks to make 'example' of Mark Pryor

You rail against Republicans clinging to their guns. Well you cling to Democrats trying to be Republicans. What is happening to Pryor and what happened to Lincoln is a consequence of this notion that Democrats should nominate wishy-washy (fake) nominees to run in a general election. Lincoln was going to lose regardless of having a primary opponent. In fact, the only chance Dems had was to nominate someone OTHER than her. Same thing will happen with Pryor. The politics of trying to straddle the middle to right ground rather than standing for yourself and telling Arkansans what you believe in is a loser.

Politics isn't always about being right on an issue. It's demonstrating that you have character, core beliefs, even when it doesn't align perfectly with base voters. It's showing that you're not just going to default and do only what you think is politically helpful to your next campaign. If you don't trust a politician and you think they're fakes, you're not going to want to support them. It's as simple as that. It trumps being right or wrong on an issue from time to time. And it seems like our party can't understand that. Nor can you now, it appears, Max. You'd like to believe that someone who can be fake to score points during a campaign will be more effective to help win, but you're wrong. this has already been proven with the very person you cite, Lincoln. It'll be proven again with Pryor. Democrats don't have enthusiasm for Pryor because he sold out his core beliefs and that's why he will lose.

Why are you selling-out and rewarding someone who sold out on progressive approaches long ago? You consider this pragmatism? It isn't because these types of candidate lose in November so we're not helping ourselves.

If the Times blog and newspaper is the progressive voice of Arkansas then it should go back to acting like it or just close-up. We don't need a publication that abandons its core principles, just like Pryor has done and Lincoln did. We abandoned them because they had few core beliefs. Don't make us want to abandon this publication because it pushed aside its core beliefs with the false idea that it could promote a pragmatic winning strategy.

Max, I sense you may be frustrated and feel defeated. Many of us do. We can't give-up and subscribe to a plan that forces us to let go of our core beliefs. We need to support candidates who have a chance of leading us out from the cycle of self-defeat rather than ones who are only joining it or willfully continuing to ride it to their inevitable defeat.

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Posted by AnnaMay on 04/24/2013 at 7:44 AM

 

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