There are two things about Democrats, sometimes they seem diametrically opposed, is pushing candidates that can’t be elected and candidates that run away from good programs just because the hard right yells boo. Like when Democrats ran away from Obama and his heath-care program. If it’s a good thing stand up for it. Don’t let Republicans define it. Sell the heck out of it.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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