A Challenge to Kos

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Conventional wisdom, as personified by the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza, says Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the senate majority leader, has to be careful about appearing too liberal lest he anger his state’s “conservative-minded voters.” Lefty conventional wisdom says exactly the opposite, arguing that Harry Reid is unpopular with Nevadans (who went for Obama by 12 points) because he’s not liberal enough. “We Have Leverage On Harry Reid,” OpenLeft’s Chris Bowers assured readers late last month. That’s one reason the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is now running ads in Nevada urging Reid to force through a health care bill with a public option—or face the left’s wrath. The Las Vegas Sun‘s J. Patrick Coolican explains why Cillizza could be wrong and the left could be, well, right:

Nevada was once a conservative state, and that’s when the Daschle analogy would have made sense. But Cillizza glosses over the single most significant fact of Nevada’s recent political history: Obama’s crushing 12.5-percentage-point victory here last year.

Cillizza: “While Obama carried the state by 12 points in 2008, George W. Bush won it — albeit narrowly — in 2004 and, aside from Clark County (Las Vegas), the state is populated with conservative-minded voters who are more likely to disagree than agree with the direction that Obama (and Congressional Democrats) are taking the country.”

The key phrase here is “aside from Clark County.” Well, that’s 70 percent of the state’s population. And most of the state’s Democrats.

It’s like saying Utah is secular, aside from the Mormons.

Fair enough. But none of that proves that a significant portion of Nevadan Reid-haters disapprove of him because they think he isn’t bold enough or liberal enough. Thankfully, this problem is easily solved. The Daily Kos/Research 2000 polling operation last polled Nevada at the end of August (well, 8/31-9/2). When they poll the state again, Markos should consider spending some extra dough to prove that liberals are right about Harry Reid and the Cillizza CW is wrong. Then we’ll have a better sense of what’s really going on—and Sen. Reid will have some guidance, too.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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