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  •  I agree with you BBB (2+ / 0-)
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    k9disc, j1j2j3j4

    Here

    It is difficult to find an issue so ripe with opportunity to get on the right side of public opinion.

    Actually, starting in 2002 candidates from both parties who opposed free trade have been more likely to get elected.

    As you point out, the disconnect between the mainstream of both political parties and public opinion creates a huge political opportunity for challengers.

    I personally think we are getting near the end of the free trade era...

    •  Hmmm. (1+ / 0-)
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      Justanothernyer
      Actually, starting in 2002 candidates from both parties who opposed free trade have been more likely to get elected.

      As were candidates who felt torture was a necessary evil.  Look, I can appreciate leveraging public opinion to win Congressional majorities and maintain a given policy agenda.  But using it as a justification to follow a given policy prescription isn't necessarily the right thing to do.

      No need to squabble girls. There's plenty of me to go around. - Pam from True Blood

      by fou on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 07:22:07 PM PDT

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