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    probably made the decisions not to try this time around for reasons you suggest.

    Conservatives have government completely locked up, it can't govern progressively any more, so they don't have an urgency on behalf of their interests to get back into the WH immediately.

    They just gave us the worst midterm defeat of either party since the late 1800's with a combination of us chilling our base for 2 years which is doubly devastating for a midterm as we pitched for the moderates who normally drop off for those races, as the rightwing inflamed its base even getting senior voters to increase their turnout from the 2008 general.

    I think the general expectation was for a continued low enthusiasm Democratic voter block seeing that both parties talk austerity and cuts for the people, so it would be a safe hail-Mary pass for this year to repeat the 2009-10 program of further inflaming the rightwing religious and racist base.

    I'm sure they were thinking more about the broad downticket races at federal, state and local levels, and if circumstances broke right for the WH, that'd be gravy.

    It's possible to overreach and we are seeing tentative evidence that they have badly misjudged. I hope so.

    But you're right about their long term thinking. While Democrats run you out of the room for mentioning a day or two after the immediately pending election, conservatives are tacking methodically toward positions they'll need 10 and 20 years from now. Not every conservative, not probably most of the visible reps, but the brain trust sure as hell is.

    And ours isn't.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 08:49:49 AM PST

    •  Thank you, too, for responding seriously. (0+ / 0-)

      (On a side note, why do you think the two above reacted so negatively?)

      On point, I hope you are right, but I thought I'd lay my fears out in the diary. My fears have certainly come true more than a few times since 1980 . . .

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