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V at Left in the West links approvingly to a piece written by Neil Sinhababu that suggests the answer to dealing with issues like the Alito confirmation is partisan support of Democrats.

It’s just not true. Electing more Democrats who are anti-choice won’t do anything to stop confirmation of people like Alito. Electing more Democrats who are too afraid to act on their principals won’t do anything. Principled leadership can work, and must work, if we hope to stop the steamrolling of individual rights being engineered by the right.
What liberals (or progressives, if you insist on letting them define you) need to do is start supporting candidates who actually hold progressive beliefs. The parties and the special interests love the current system–the one Neil proposes–where we are beholden to the parties and interests. The only way to break from that mindset is to start demanding results, and to stop settling for compromises that make them marginally better than the other side.

Is the answer really continuing to support people like Joe Lieberman?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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