This diary is partially in response to a discussion/debate brewing on another thread and partially a reflection of a conversation I had with my older son the other day (he actually does exist, and is not some imaginary companion or rhetorical vehicle I've invented to facilitate my ramblings ;)).
For the purposes of this discussion, we'll look at power. Power to make your voice heard, power to change the way people think about issues, power to exert influence over those who craft public policy, etc. Does squeezing into the big tent of the Democratic Party give you more power than standing outside? (I was going to add "in the rain", but that might be deemed prejudicial). Does compromise really achieve anything, or does it merely serve to erode whatever power you (could have) had?