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  1. Chris
    August 30, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    I’ve often felt that Democrats act like “good losers” when they lose, whereas Republicans act like “sore losers” and have a tendency to metaphorically flip the table and take their ball home.

    Republicans like to shut down the government, and the more extreme ones will openly call for political opponents to be assassinated or executed. They routinely accuse non-conservatives of being traitors and non-patriots.

    Democrats mostly react to this as though it’s not meant to be taken literally, hyperbole. Democrats frequently don’t play to win. Democrats: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Republicans: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

    I’m not sure whether this is by design, a conspiracy, or if it’s merely a highlight in the difference of ethos between the conservative and liberal camps, but I think you may be on to something. I do see that the more center-right majority of the Democrat party is like this, while the Progressive wing tends to be more interested in winning and results, but simply can’t do it because the centrists hold the majority of the power within the party, and Progressives haven’t yet learned how to take control. Bernie came closest, but was undone by the DNC insiders who made sure that Hillary got the nomination. It’s well worth looking at everything else the Democrat party does through that lens.

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  2. mark.w.schumann
    August 31, 2017 @ 12:15 am

    I agree that the people in the Party who we consider “progressive” are mostly pretty sincere and want to win. But they’re not the ones calling the shots in terms of candidate selection or funding, and when you get to the legislative level they’re not strong enough in numbers to force the Democratic caucus to follow suit.

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