Saturday, June 17, 2006

NATIONAL: Karl Rove, independents, Dems, Repubs......

Karl Rove makde a mistake in trying to "buy independents" with education and Medicare reform and Fox News says independents are leaning Dem....

Independents need to recognize that we are one-third of the electorate, not swing-voters, not "leaners", not "don't stand for anything". Independents don't like partisanship. And we have the numbers. As Fred Newman put it in this week's Talk/Talk:

Newman: ...The independents, it seems to me, have to begin with the premise that the country is split roughly, one third, one third, one third. And, the independents have a bona fide position. There’s substance to it, as we just described: radical political reform to increase the level of democracy in the country. And that’s a premise, or a pre-condition, for going on to address a host of other issues. As I said to you, the Republican Party has a position. It’s a reactionary position, but it’s a position. The Democrats are into winning. And they’re mainly into negating the Republicans, but don’t offer any kind of positive vision. We have to try to win people from the other two thirds over to the independent third, even as we’re fighting to win the broad independent movement to the vision of political reform. We don’t accept the premise that the independents are only a swing vote. You have to deny that premise vehemently. It’s a one third, one third, one third fight at the base level for…Salit: …the direction of the country.Newman: Yes, for the hearts and minds of the people, as they say. And I think that if it’s well fought over time, we can win people over to our one third and make it a larger and more significant force. It will, in the final analysis, in my opinion, win out over both the pointless Democratic Party and the reactionary Republican Party.... [more]

3 comments:

Margee said...

I can say only one thing about Karl Rove...he is the worst dirty trickest, evil minded sewer bag ever seen in political circles. but of course he is the perfect choice for bush to pick, he seems to enjoy such things. It is a shame the democrats don't stoop to rove's level just once..then we can see how the "other" side feels about the slinging of filth.

N. Hanks said...

margee - thanks for your comment! As an independent, I feel that the mud-slinging is the problem, not a solution. We don't have to bash anyone, but we do need to get out there and organize independent-minded voters (and non-voters) to stand up for something positive. It's partisanship and petty bickering over elections that is keeping people from participating. Unfortunately the Dems are equally to blame for the mess we are in in Iraq and in our own country. Participatory democracy is what we need so that the voice of the American people can be heard and have impact on public policy.

Anonymous said...

"independents have a bona fide position"

I think this is the key point in getting a change, that we are not just swing voters, we have a valid and substantial prosition. Also get rid of the feeling that you are wasting your vote if you vote independant "because they don't have a chance of winning".
Robert
Anti-incumbents.com