My first time attending the Des Moines FFBC (a long-standing gay men's breakfast, really one of my first times participating in what I would call a "gay community") the speaker was Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register political columnist; I feel she made a wonderful case for the fact that the Democratic Party's tendency to not question and test its own nominees rigorously leads to a severe strategic disadvantage in general elections, and that Republican candidates typically come out of the primary fracas much better prepared for the general elections than their Democratic counterparts.http://www.ffbciowa.org/past-speakers.php
I can't load the audio (don't run Windows) but
apparently they recorded it (listening now, and her talk is even better than I remember it; remember, this is immediately following and regarding last year's 'red wave' election, to borrow a term she used in a slightly different context):http://www.ffbciowa.org/audio/FFBC_2014_11_Obradovich.wma
You can marginalize those of us who insist on not siding with our "sympathetic" party blindly and without question, but the simple fact is, that twisted notion of loyalty represents a LOSING STRATEGY
. We have a big general election coming up next year, and every vote not spent *questioning* the Democratic party and its candidates' viability *now* is ultimately benefiting the Republicans.
This is one major reason I reject the false dichotomy. I feel if more liberals were unafraid to vote Green or independent, the Democratic vision would be *strengthened*, not weakened, by the choices they would be forced (as they have not been in quite some time) to make.
EDIT: At 21:30:
K. Obradovich...but I'm challenging you folks: if you don't like lies in advertising, the only way that will stop in the foreseeable future is if people hold their own candidates accountable ... It's gotta be ... supporters saying 'get that ad off the air; it's not doing you a service' because they'll listen to their own people.