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I actually disagree with you here...

I got the same email, and I immediatly wrote Ari Rabin-Havt an reply which I'm still waiting to hear back on.

"If Republican's break the rules Democrats will use the rule to bring to the Senate floor an agenda that meets the needs of average Americans, such as lowering gas prices, reducing the cost of health care and helping veterans."

If Republicans break the rules, then and only then will Democrats bring their agenda to help America to the Senate floor. Shouldn't they be doing that anyway? I think this email plays right into those stereotypes that Dems don't have their own ideas.

While I appreciate that it is traditional that the Majority sets the agenda, the Republicans have never played by those rules. When the Democrats were in the majority, they responded with The Contract for America, and made the Democrats' lack of direction the issue by viture of their overt statement of direction.

The one thing that will shut up those who say that Democrats don't have a direction or a plan is them actually, uniformly outlining their direction and plan.

Hi Dylan. You wrote:
While I appreciate that it is traditional that the Majority sets the agenda, the Republicans have never played by those rules. When the Democrats were in the majority, they responded with The Contract for America, and made the Democrats' lack of direction the issue by viture of their overt statement of direction.

I agree with you. You and I know that the Dems don't do nearly enough (for a lot of very bad reasons) and that the GOP doesn't play by the rules. But I think that the bulk of America thinks that both sides are the same in those regards. I also think that the only thing that voters hate as much as corruption is obstruction, which is the stick that the GOP is holding. I have no proof, but I'm pretty sure that the Dems are going to work very hard to make their every action appear fair so that the obstructionist label doesn't stick so easily. They're challenge is to paint the GOP as so ideological (and unfair) that it is they who are the obstructionists by virtue of their unwillingness to compromise with the minority. I think the idea described in this letter goes a ways in that direction.

But who knows - I'm the one who wants to see monthly marches on the capitol and a tent city on the Mall holding BOTH parties to task for the Barriers to Bankruptcy Bill among other egregious attacks on the lower classes.

This is going to sound contradictory to my first comment, but I sometimes wonder if we are at the point where it is better to fight hard and hurt as many Republicans as we can just to get back into power. The Republicans are in power because they fight dirty. While I hate to feel like we have to stoop to their level, we might have to.

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