… One key argument that keeps GOPers from supporting federal programs is that they do not believe they benefit from them. They believe Other people benefit. That has worked well for GOP leadership. But, if you tailor policies so that people can talk about
2/ them around the kitchen table, they can discuss how the policy affects them. What do they get out of it? It is a transactional and instrumental way of looking at politics. GOPers are not altruists. So, Dems have to reach out to governors, legislatures, county commissioners to
3/ get a buy-in on how their state, their county, their city is going to benefit. The Dems can't play inside the beltway politics like Pelosi & Schumer and expect to win. Already, Romney is snapping back to the standard GOP do-nothing. But, Utah is hurting. If you want to trap
4/ the Senate GOP you must have a guerrilla political war that mobilizes their areas against them. If you put $25 million for a county in the budget, reach out to the county commissioners in that county. Reach out to the local newspaper. The Dems have to have a counter-strategy
5/ of periphery against the center to maneuver Senate GOPers to vote for Biden's programs. Biden thinks conventionally. Schmooze. McConnell does not give a fuck about schmooze. McConnell understands power. But, Biden & the Dems can go around McConnell by fighting this battle on
6/ their home turf on CONCRETE, issues. Forget ideology and small government, blah blah blah. Talk about pork barrel politics at the local level.

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21 Jan
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Conquering for Jesus: The Politics of Spiritual Warfare (Part 1) via @YouTube @profagagne has produced a 3-part video based on his university lectures (with a transcript) that provides the clearest understanding of how the Christian Right's, actually the
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