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  •  They've yet to be punished for swerving right (1+ / 0-)
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    The 11 dimensional theory of the HCR fiasco battle of 2009 is Obama wanted them to push their extremism to win the center in 2012. The Republicans have swerved right, but does the uninvolved "all politics is the same" voter notice this or care? In November are voters going to vote the "price at the pump", their "sense that the country is on the right track", an arbitrary unemployment number pounded into their heads by the media? The optimist in me says there's a demographic shift coming and the Republicans just had their last battle, the pessimist says no one ever lost an election underestimating the intelligence and involvement of the electorate.

    The more plausible, to me, 2009 theory is Obama is a timid centrist consensus builder and really believed the bipartisanship jive. How large would a progressive House caucus have to be before they (we) could get noticed above the centrist and right wing flood of corporate money? Best case we find out in 2014 starting in November.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 07:05:07 PM PST

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