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(13,915 posts)
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 01:33 PM Dec 2016

Is anyone else concerned/depressed by the plethora of posts with "Trump" in the subject?

At some point we need to re-direct our energies from venting to getting our country back on the right path. I'm watching for ways to follow Obama's lead. The crux of it is "We have a better argument."

Do you think his appeal would resonate with Sanders supporters?

From latest/last press conference.

I was heartened to hear this at a press conference. It echoed my thoughts after attending a Democratic town committee meeting after the election. We were making a list of things for Massachusetts Dems to push this year, and those of us who wanted to put "attend to the mid-state rust belt" couldn't even get it on the list. Finally a note was made in the lower right corner of the white board.

Does this excerpt from the press conference appeal to Sanders supporters?

What I've said is that I can maybe give some counsel advice to the Democratic Party. And I think the -- the -- the thing we have to spend the most time on -- because it's the thing we have most control over -- is, how do we make sure that we're showing up in places where I think Democratic policies are needed, where they are helping, where they are making a difference, but where people feel as if they're not being heard?

And where Democrats are characterized as coastal, liberal, latte- sipping, you know, politically correct, out-of-touch folks, we have to be in those communities. And I've seen that, when we are in those communities, it makes a difference. That's how I became president. I became a U.S. Senator not just because I had a strong base in Chicago, but because I was driving downstate Illinois and going to fish fries and sitting in V.F.W. Halls and talking to farmers.

And I didn't win every one of their votes, but they got a sense of what I was talking about, what I cared about, that I was for working people, that I was for the middle class, that the reason I was interested in strengthening unions and raising the minimum wage and rebuilding our infrastructure and making sure that parents had decent childcare and family leave, was because my own family's history wasn't that different from theirs even if I looked a little bit different. Same thing in Iowa.

And so the question is, how do we rebuild that party as a whole, so that there's not a county in any state -- I don't care how red -- where we don't have a presence and we're not making the argument, because I think we have a better argument. But that requires a lot of work. You know, it's been something that I've been able to do successfully in my own campaigns
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Is anyone else concerned/depressed by the plethora of posts with "Trump" in the subject? (Original Post) LAS14 Dec 2016 OP
I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time but thank you for your concern. Trust Buster Dec 2016 #1
Ok, let's break out the gum! LAS14 Dec 2016 #6
The DU is a place to vent also SHRED Dec 2016 #2
We don't need to remove his name. We just need to shift the balance... LAS14 Dec 2016 #7
Ignoring the elephant in the room, will not make it go away.... n/t hlthe2b Dec 2016 #3
If it bothers you TexasProgresive Dec 2016 #4
The thing that bothers me is the absence of ideas about what to do about the situation. LAS14 Dec 2016 #8
I got nothing. TexasProgresive Dec 2016 #10
You mean, like this one? malchickiwick Dec 2016 #5
No diff than DU 2001-2008 with W in charge benld74 Dec 2016 #9
It seems only natural on a political discussion forum, really. MineralMan Dec 2016 #11


(28,136 posts)
2. The DU is a place to vent also
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 01:39 PM
Dec 2016

I'm not sure removing his name means anything in the bigger picture.

We are a small corner here.


(13,915 posts)
7. We don't need to remove his name. We just need to shift the balance...
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 02:46 PM
Dec 2016

... so moving forward outweighs mere venting.


(12,201 posts)
10. I got nothing.
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 03:25 PM
Dec 2016

I'm too old and don't believe armed resurrection works. I think it just makes things worse.

The best thing to do is to try to limit damage that you see around you. That and take part in local efforts.

Posting here helps some cope. It's part of the grieving process. Don't deny them.


(146,539 posts)
11. It seems only natural on a political discussion forum, really.
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 03:30 PM
Dec 2016

We are going to be dealing with that person for some time to come, and so I expect to see his name frequently in post titles.

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