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Is there space in the Democratic party for conservatives?

I'm a conservative Democrat, a former elected official and a current elected county party official.

I could not get behind Obama, so I followed the advice of Old Thom Paine ("Lead, follow, or get out of the way.")  From convention to election, there was no lurking, no trouble making, no trolling and no sock puppetry from me.

Now that the election is over, I'm back and still a Democrat.  But, I still haven't bought "the dream".  I didn't fear the apocalypse, but I don't anticipate the rapture.

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TIME: Phony and Insidious, Browbeating and Bullying: The McCain War on the Media

The "liberal" media have been a favorite punching bag of the Right for decades now, but John McCain revelled in the flash of the cameras, the glow of the soft studio lighting, the couches of Jay,Jon, and Dave, and the eager ear of a huge cadre of reporters that he affectionately called "my real base".  But that was the old John McCain.  That was the McCain that still had some shred of honor when it came to politics.   That John McCain is gone for good.  

One of the members of the McCain Base is TIME columnist/author Joe Klein.  In today's Swampland, Joe writes of just how phony and insidious this "war" on the media has become.  

I know that some DD'rs have problems with Klein, but do read through to the end where Joe makes the case for his colleagues to stand strong & not to buckle to the McCain machine's bullying tactics. 09/angry_amateurs.html

Those of us who have criticized the candidate--and especially those of us who enjoyed good relations with McCain in the past--have been subject to off-the-record browbeating and attempted bullying all year. But things have gotten much worse in recent days: there was McCain's rude, bizarre interview with Time Magazine last week. Yesterday, McCain refused to an interview with Larry King, for God's sake, because Campbell Brown had been caught in the commission of journalism on CNN the night before, asking McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds what decisions Sarah Palin had made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska national guard. (There was an answer that the unprepared Bounds didn't have: she had deployed them to fight fires.)

Sexism and more after the bump...

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Stop David Brooks!: TR was a LIBERAL

David Brooks tries in his column today to do something I've warned about before. He tries to claim Theodore Roosevelt as a conservative, which he most definitely is not. TR was a liberal, period. I've written about the need to claim liberal Republicans as our own. This is crucial for us as we frame American history as a march, however uneven, toward the triumph of the progressive values we share, and progressivism as being rooted in American history going back two centuries (rather than simply being seen a deviation from 'traditional values' that cropped up in the oft-[unfairly] derided 1960s). Why is this important? Because progressivism has been a winner in the big picture since 1776, and we need to portray it as being a winner. Doing so makes it more likely that progressivism will continue winning. Winners win. Losers lose. It's that simple.

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Today, I support the Democratic Nominee!

Im writing this to express my support for Barack Obama! I have said before that I would not support him without Hillary, but after her speech I will support him! I realize that these things are too important!

I have my reservations, about him and his supporters. I will work on those feelings. I prey to god that Hillary is #2, because my support will be twice as loud and strong!

Look how far we've come. We have the first black man as our nominee! Im thrilled and delighted that it is the Democrats who have done this! It speaks volumes that our two best are a woman and a black man, and the other sides best is an old white man!

Today I make a donation to both Hillary and Obama!

Obama/Clinton  08!!!!!

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