That's my feeling too. Both at the state and federal level, we need to keep Republicans out of power because they would do so much damage. But we also need to focus on electing better Democrats, because I am not satisfied with what our Democratic majorities are delivering. I have stopped giving to the party committees and am supporting only individual Democratic candidates who share my beliefs.
I would add that way back in 2006 and early 2007, I started writing more diaries here because they would stay visible for a while, and I had a decent chance at making the recommended list. At Daily Kos almost all my diaries scrolled down so fast, with very few comments. It felt like it wasn't worth making the effort to write a substantive diary. If not for MyDD I might never have started writing diaries regularly (this was before I got sucked into being a state blogger at Bleeding Heartland).
The Czech Communists do better than their counterparts in many other post-communist countries, considering how unreconstructed the Czech Communists are. That can be interpreted in a couple of ways--some think it's because the standard of living in Communist Czechoslovakia was higher than in most other Eastern European countries. Or it could be a sign of severe economic hardship in the Bohemian and Moravian industrial towns that are the Communist base of support. If it were mainly elderly people voting Communist, their share of the Czech vote should be declining in every election, but that hasn't been happening.
and says these are shocking results. Typically the two main parties (social democrats and Civic Democratic Party, or ODS) would each get around 30 percent of the vote. That's a very strong showing for the newer right-leaning parties, and it amazes me that Communists can still get 12 percent of the vote 20 years after the fall of Communism.
I don't think you can call it any kind of win for the left when the result will be a center-right government. Social Democrats have to figure out how to get back to 30-35 percent of the vote if they ever want to govern again. I don't know that a coalition with the Communists would be a realistic option.
I'm not saying revisit and pass something better next year.
I'm saying pass this now and then keep up the pressure on the White House so that they follow through and repeal DADT after the Pentagon review.
You may not be familiar with my writing, but I am far from a cheerleader for all of the Obama administration's bad compromises.
The alternative to passing this now is doing nothing and hoping that next year Democrats can pass a full repeal. I consider that unlikely. We will probably control Congress with much smaller majorities, and there's a chance we won't even control Congress anymore.