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Over the course of the last 50 years, we've seen some remarkable generational shifts that ushered in dramatic political change. From Kevin Phillips' Emerging Republican Majority, to Ruy Teixera's Emerging Democratic Majority, much time and ink (and pixels) have been expended detailing how shifts in America's demographics auger shifts in our political system as well.

We are at the tail end (last throes?) of Phillips' era, as boomers age up and die off. We Generation X members came of age in a political era dominated by Republicans, from Nixon to Reagan to Limbaugh, so even our generation of supposedly cynical, societal dropouts are more likely to skew a little more conservative in our old age.

The next generation, however, looks like it will be far different and will lead to a completely new era of American government. If we can hang on a little bit longer, the cavalry is coming. (more below the fold)

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This will be a very short diary and possibly a violation of the rules as such, but we need to nip this in the bud now.

Since the debate, I have seen the phrase "Moderate Mitt" or "Moderate Romney" all over the liberal blogs .  For instance, here is Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly.

But Moderate Mitt should not be able to get away with bland reassurances on this issue—with his own campaign repudiating him almost on the spot—without dealing with specific pledges he made during this very campaign. Is he—on behalf of himself and his loyal running-mate, Paul Ryan, who up until now has been universally considered a leader in the anti-choice cause—specifically retracting promises to promote a funding ban on Planned Parenthood and federal legislation flatly banning abortions prior to some arbitrary point in the second trimester of pregnancy?

It would be good to know if Moderate Mitt is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Sure, we are using it with scorn and believe we are highlighting that it is just a ruse.  In fact, we are helping him out simply by putting moderate anywhere near his name and his agenda.

Ted Kennedy still has the best sobriquet for Romney and it is much more apt today than it even was in 1994: Multiple Choice Mitt.  

This slur reinforces the fact that he is a liar and political chameleon who will say and do anything to win the election.  

We simply can't help him in this regard.  I hereby ask all good Kossacks and liberals/progressives (I'm a liberal and proud of it) to encourage all of our allies to stop using Moderate and bring back Multiple Choice.

Ted Kennedy would want it that way.

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Down in Rick Perry's Red Texas, there are still a few Democrats willing to throw a punch and not take any shit from right wing Republicans.

Exhibit A: State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston.

Wow: thanks for the recommendation, gang!

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Rick Perry won re-election for Texas Governor last night, beating the highly competent Bill White with 55 percent of the vote.

National Democrats would be wise to put this man square on their radar screen today, because he very well could be the GOP nominee in 2012.

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Well, well, well.

It seems like  secession lovin', stimulus hatin' Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn't mind all stimulus funds.

Apparently, he is going to use Obama's money to rebuild his house.

(More after flip)

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Yesterday at one of those wonderful, grassroots Tea Parties, Texas Governor Rick Perry tiptoed up to calling for Texas to secede from the United States.

"Texas is a unique place.  When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.

"My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pays attention.  We've got a great union.  There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it.  But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that?"

Not everyone in Texas agrees with the governor. Democratic state senator Rodney Ellis fired back today.

More after the jump. Updated with more responses from lawmaker

Edit, part 2: now with link

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Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 09:38 PM PDT

Watch the breakouts tomorrow

by Velvet Revolution

I think the snap polls confirmed what most here at Kos and in the progressive blogosphere saw, and that was a convincing case made by Joe Biden for Barack Obama and against John McCain.

Clearly Palin saved herself as a candidate and temporarily staunched the bleeding the Republican ticket has experience over the past 10 days.  But she did not do anything to actually help that ticket move forward.

What I will be interested in watching over the coming days is the breakout of those polls.  If the reactions I heard are indicative, Palin actually did more to hurt McCain over the rest of the campaign than help.

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Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 09:28 PM PDT

I'm more outraged tonight

by Velvet Revolution

Last night we watched an ultra-right nobody smarm her way through a pointless and idealess acceptance speech that was more out of 1972 than 2008.

But I am more outraged tonight, and it was because of John McCain and the people in that hall.

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You have to give it up to Sarah Palin tonight.  

Because Democrats did not raise the expectations for her speech, Palin clearly hit a home run by simply not showing up as a drooling moron.

Call it clearing the Shrub hurdle.

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The pundits on each show seem to be setting up an expectation game, but it is the wrong game.

Time and again, our pundits have been asking whether Palin will be a hit tomorrow night.  I have no doubt that she will...to the people in the room.  But that is not her real test.

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What we witnessed tonight was not a shot across the bow to John McCain and the Republican Party, it was a torpedo slamming directly into the side of ship.

I've been critical of Team Obama's passive response to the McCain campaign since wrapping up the nomination, but this convention was a masterful display of craftmanship and message that built to a crescendo that will be heard all the way through November.

It was Bears/Patriots in the Super Bowl.  Hell, it was Ivan Drago v. Apollo Creed.  It was an ass-kicking of such clear and awesome brutality that even the talking heads and GOP pundits don't yet know how to respond.

So how do the Republicans react when they finally clean off the blood and launch their party?

They will go over the top to bat shit crazy.

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As someone who voted for Clinton in the Texas Democratic primary and worked for her husband in 1992 and 1996, I can only say that the latest turn of this campaign has begun to really, really piss me off and may force me to give money and support to Obama.

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