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  •  No. Carter made those policies acceptable (1+ / 0-)
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    The trend in deregulation started under him. Reagan was just an accelerator.

    I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

    by Farugia on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 05:34:54 PM PDT

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    •  At least it wouldn't have been as bad. (0+ / 0-)

      And Reagan wouldn't have been able to win again.   And let's not forget Teddy Kennedy's run.  And how ANYONE thought nominating Walter Mondale was a good idea I'll never know.

      Someone wrote a book recently about how the real trigger for Carter's downfall was the Cablnet shuffle in the wake of his (ahem) "crisis of confidence" speech.  That speech went over fairly well, apparently, but the shuffle actually undermined the confidence Carter was trying to build.  And then there was his letting the Shah of Iran into the U.S., which set off the U.S. Embassy takeover.

      Thing is, it seems the left of center in this country actually has very few real liberals in it.  There are hard-lefties (who have claimed the word "progressive" for quite a long time, though no one seems to notice), and then there's a confluence of JFK liberals and centrists better distinguished from each other by their degree of partisanship than by policy.  All three sides bash "hippies" (both literally and figuratively), the progressives from the left and the others from the center.  There seems to be no one who can bring them together on equal terms, which I think is what disappoints progressives so much about Obama--they thought he might be that person.

      (BTW, in case you're wondering, I always thought myself one of those "very few real liberals"--not an ideological Progressive, but to the left of the JFK/DLC faction.)

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 06:34:40 PM PDT

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