Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. = Bad
Congressmen Charlie Rangel = Bad
New Jefferson County Citizens Coalition = Bad
Jefferson County Progressives Council = Bad
State representative John Knight = Good
State Senator Hank Sanders = Bad
Lily Ledbetter = Good
Mobile Mayor Sam Jones = Good
Former Mayor Richard Arrington = Bad
Former Judge U.W. Clemons = Good
State Constitution Reform Leaders = Good
Association of Professional Firefighthers = Good
Dr. Joe Reed = Bad
Communications Workers of America Local 3902 = Good
UMWA= Very Bad
AEA = Bad
TFA = Good
African American Political Organizations = Very Bad
Fighting for Manned Space Program = Good
Fighting for Health Care Reform = BadVoting for Defense Authorization = Good
Voting Against Health Care Reform = Good
Charles Barkley = Bad
Ron Sparks running to the right = Bad
Artur Davis putting a price tag on ugly = Good
See a pattern?
Is Left in Alabama Progressive or Conservative? There is more than a whiff of conservatism IMHO.
Artur Davis claims he is a democrat because he believes in the future. O really now. It's kind of hard to have a future when you're dead because you don't have acess to quality, affordable health care. And who doesn't believe in the future? I tell you, the more Artur Davis talks the more he reminds me of George Dubya Bush and his his supporters remind me of Bushbots. They can't defend Davis' message so they attack the messanger. So, gop.
High Street asks the question if the Alabama Democratic Party Conservative or Progressive and 4 other questions. I ask if the leadership (or the lack there of) of the Alabama Democratic Party is Conservative or Progressive? IMHO the democratic party elite are more conservative than progressive. The democratic party elite suppress and down out the progressives (the traditonal democratic base). The Alabama Democratic Party has been infiltrated by Neo-Librals.
What yellowdog said, every last word;
It seems to be the position of the Alabama Democratic Party that truly Democratic liberal candidacies are unwinnable and too defining. To have some success or any success, our candidates have to appear virtually interchangeable in Party identity.
Bobby Bright is a perfect example. As he maintains one of the worst Democratic Party voting records in Congress, indistinguishable from a Republican, here in Alabama he is unopposed in the primary. He is a successful Alabama Democrat. Like most of our State Senators and State Reps. Very little liberal or Democratic legislation ever moves through our State legislative body.
In many States, the voters have to declare Party affiliation to vote in a primary. When registered Republicans and registered Democrats select their nominee, they get more ideologically core-value candidates. You get a more clearly defined Democrat and Republican choice, and the winner is who convinces the unregistered or more moderate voter in the general election.
There is an argument being put forward that the restricted Party voter primaries are creating a more radical, left/right polarization. Open primaries like in Alabama seem to create the opposite.
The Alabama Democratic Party must be calculating its best chances for success as a Party are to be vaguely different from the Republican Party, to the point where (D) or (R) is the only substantial difference in the choice.