Monday, July 31, 2006

Democracy Happens Between Elections

(Cross-posted at The Flypaper Theory)

In answer to a post from Jim Maynard, I posted something that I probably shouldn't let get lost in the comments section.
Why hasn't there been a similar backlash against Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr.? His record supporting Bush and the GOP is almost identical to Lieberman's?

[Jim Maynard]
The answer is very simple: Ford has no primary opponent. If I want to go to Daily Kos and make this a national issue, I have to be able to hand them someone to support. Daily Kos is all about electing Democrats, not pounding them into oblivion. I'm not trying to diminish Jim's candidacy, but remember that he didn't run until Kurita dropped out, and he himself already has plans to vote for Lugo in the general.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Evil said...

Another difference is that Ford is not in a blue state. CT voters are much more liberal than TN voters and deserve a Senator that represents them.

Another difference, and say what you want, Harold has hit the President hard on the execution of the war and on energy policy. Joe... not so much.

Monday, July 31, 2006 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever read this?

Monday, July 31, 2006 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Good points...
Basicallly, we were cauhgt with our pants down in Tennessee. I was waiting for a progressive candidate to come forward like everyone else.
By the way, therer are other canididates on the Dem. Primary Ballot against Ford Jr., but no one seems to know anything about them.

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:28:00 PM  
Blogger Evil said...

Caught with our pants down? You didn't know the election was coming up? It hasn't been scheduled for a while or anything? You still don't answer the question of why you think going more liberal would give you a better chance to win in TN. The fact is while we sit here picking our noses wishing we had a more liberal candidate the Republicans are supporting Bob Corker. A guy that was pro-choice until fairly recently.

If anyone should be bitching it should be them. They got a somewhat centrist (if that word means anything) candidate in a red state.

At the end of the day if you want to win you need a plurality of the votes. A plurality of the voters in TN are more conservative than liberal. If you just want to shout about your beliefs and feel good about voting for the person who has no chance of actually winning there is a corner at Union and Cooper you can go shout at. It'll be just as effective if not more.

Monday, August 07, 2006 3:13:00 PM  

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