Democrats must embrace their progress...

Democrats must embrace their progressive base

There are 62 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Nov 7, 2010, titled Democrats must embrace their progressive base. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

In the recent election members of the conservative or "Blue Dog" wing of the Democratic Party lost over half of their members in Congress.

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Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#1 Nov 7, 2010
Ah yes. Another advocate for Suicide by Socialism. Good luck with that CA state bankruptcy. Rs in congress ain't gonna give ya a dime. Yuk yuk
pfft

United States

#2 Nov 7, 2010
"progressive" simply means raising the taxes of anybody but yourself to pay for all your "progressive" schemes.

SNAFUBARIFIC

Since: Feb 10

United States

#3 Nov 7, 2010
Time to make Progressives(Regressives) EXTINCT.
john harlan

Fort Jones, CA

#4 Nov 7, 2010
The writer has it right, except in the end the working people will be paying for their excesses. The rich are teflon coated because they supply the mother's milk of politics, money.
Special Interests

Arcata, CA

#5 Nov 7, 2010
Felice is as out of touch as Nancy Pelosi. No Felice, the Democrats lost the House because they lost the Independent vote. Independents became very aware that the centrist attitude portrayed by the Democrats was a lie and the party is controlled by the far-left leaning Progressives. Progressives make up a minority of 20% maybe 25 % of voters in the country yet were and are able to dictate their ideologically driven political views upon the country. The election was a rejection of a Progressive minority using power to forward their Special Interests needs. It is clear that Progressives are owned by Special interests, the most visible being the Green-Carbon Tax-Lobby, the Gay Lobby, Unions, and powerful people with a lot of money - like George Soros. It is encouraging that the populace has rejected, in part, rule by a Fascist-minded minority like the Progressives. It is also encouraging that the Progressives seem clueless as to what really happened. For now, this makes the road to finishing the job of containing the Special Interest owned Progressives in 2012 easier.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#6 Nov 7, 2010
This letter is why the effort to blow up both the CA Dems and Reps is so important. With sake seats fringy people end up in charge. The Progressive left is following the same game plan they started with in the 1800's The only new angle is the state religion.

The other odd thing is that Ms Pace is saying the same thing as Mr Limbaugh, switch progressive for conservative. Weird.

The redistricting committee will reshape this district. The concerns of the Bay Area conflict with the needs of rural northern California. And the new primary system should open up the parties. And I might be able to vote Dem again. And whoever wins will have to listen to all of the constituents not special interest groups, like the Progressives, or that Rep could get primaried.
Jesus H

United States

#7 Nov 7, 2010
Let's take a look at Fe(li)ces braincell at work;

"The way forward for Democrats is to embrace their progressive base. That is the key to showing the American People that Democrats truly value working people of this country over the money interests."

Umm....have you seen the latest election results?

Do you not see that your party has been SLASHED by moderate/conservative America?..by a a Majority vote?

You go girl, if you think your party needs to move FURTHER to the left....

I would suggest you buy a package of depends and save them for a rainy day in November.
Jeff E

Arcata, CA

#8 Nov 7, 2010
I hope the Democrats do pay attention to Felice Pace & push their "progressive" agenda even harder.

The Republicans cleaned their clock last week. We can clean it some more in 2012 if the Dems would only listen to Felice!

BTW, nobody informed believes that Thompson is a Blue Dog. He is as liberal as the come. If only the Times Standard reporters would only do some research instead of just printing Thompson's press releases.

Greenson, Driscol & whoever is left on the T/S staff should start with the ratings by the ADA & the ACU available on the web.
Jeff E

Arcata, CA

#9 Nov 7, 2010
Obviously I meant.... he is as liberal as THEY come.
Harry

United States

#10 Nov 7, 2010
Progressive future! We all benefit from progress. It's worth the money!
Harry

United States

#11 Nov 7, 2010
"The Democrats lost the House because they did not advance a progressive agenda. "

Blogs are funny comedy. Opinions not based in my reality. But the opinions keep me laughing at least. Feliche Pace sure is a funny comedian. His agenda is laughable.......

:)

Since: Jun 10

United States

#12 Nov 7, 2010
Well written article Felice. Unfortunately, if Obama turns a corner too quickly, he'll break Thompsons nose.

California voted for pandering entitlement candidates that ignore our economic crisis and the invasion by illegal aliens and drug cartels.

Americans want jobs and security.
fun time

Eureka, CA

#13 Nov 7, 2010
I am just going to wait and see who backs up their "promised" agendas.

I do not intend to wait for a very long time as progress is neede NOW!

“I don't know who I am”

Since: Dec 07

Fortuna

#14 Nov 7, 2010
For my two cents, the Democrats lost big for two reasons:

First, the Democrats lost the PR war. They managed to get heaped on them all the failures of the Bush years, plus their own mistakes.

Also, they went ahead with their initiatives without laying the basic groundwork with the people of this nation; to have the people understand what they were up to.

Second, the leadership (such as it was) of President Obama was abysmal. In pandering to a conservative Republican party that had no interest in a progressive agenda, he watered down and distorted his message to the point no one could really get behind.

Someone with more political “smarts” would have been a better choice in 2000. But like in 1976, we Democrats went more for ideals than ability and we are going to suffer the same defeats.

Unless, of course, Obama wakes up to the fact he needs to learn to crack the whip as well as try to work well with others, like FDR did. Which Obama unfortunately will not.

As for Thompson being a "Blue Dog Democrat," I have to admit that is amusing.
Huck

Eureka, CA

#15 Nov 7, 2010
Yes, that is it, when you loose go further left in a predominatly center-right nation. I aplaud your suicidal zeal. Enjoy your time in the wilderness.
Vote

Eureka, CA

#16 Nov 7, 2010
Of the 89 Blue Dog seats that were in play this cycle
George Bush carried 84 of those districts in 2004.
John Kerry carried 5.
The Tea Party took 35 seats. Do the math?
The Democrats lost Obama's Senate seat but won the State-House in Ill.The sky is not falling.
The Tea Party faction vs Mike Steele & Co will bring "gridlock" to the Repubs.
Wait till all the numbers come out.Ya'll see.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#17 Nov 7, 2010
Vote wrote:
Of the 89 Blue Dog seats that were in play this cycle
George Bush carried 84 of those districts in 2004.
John Kerry carried 5.
The Tea Party took 35 seats. Do the math?
The Democrats lost Obama's Senate seat but won the State-House in Ill.The sky is not falling.
The Tea Party faction vs Mike Steele & Co will bring "gridlock" to the Repubs.
Wait till all the numbers come out.Ya'll see.
That could happen, and the blueblood Republicans will have to learn that the old ways are done. This is the revolution, will DC get it, or not?
ForeignObserver

Dublin, Ireland

#18 Nov 7, 2010
~~~"LIKE"~~~
The True Anonymous wrote:
For my two cents, the Democrats lost big for two reasons:
First, the Democrats lost the PR war. They managed to get heaped on them all the failures of the Bush years, plus their own mistakes.
Also, they went ahead with their initiatives without laying the basic groundwork with the people of this nation; to have the people understand what they were up to.
Second, the leadership (such as it was) of President Obama was abysmal. In pandering to a conservative Republican party that had no interest in a progressive agenda, he watered down and distorted his message to the point no one could really get behind.
Someone with more political “smarts” would have been a better choice in 2000. But like in 1976, we Democrats went more for ideals than ability and we are going to suffer the same defeats.
Unless, of course, Obama wakes up to the fact he needs to learn to crack the whip as well as try to work well with others, like FDR did. Which Obama unfortunately will not.
As for Thompson being a "Blue Dog Democrat," I have to admit that is amusing.
connect the dots

Madera, CA

#19 Nov 7, 2010
Richard don't you usually go by Voter, your forgot your r.
Vote

Eureka, CA

#20 Nov 7, 2010
connect the dots wrote:
Richard don't you usually go by Voter, your forgot your r.
I'll take that as a compliment but look outside at the weather.Our Richard is outside saving the planet while I sit here watching the Raiders like the old Coot that I am.
Wait them dang kids are skateboarding in my..I'll be back.

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