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  •  No. Dukakis presented as a disconnected, (0+ / 0-)

    cold, out-of-touch man. Whether or not you think he was "basically nice", that's what he presented to the voter.

    It is hardly "ruthless" to seize on an opponent's policy positions that are out of step with most voters and make a big deal about them. You can debate whether or not the Horton ad was over the line, but Dukakis' hapless responses on capital punishment alone reinforced the idea that he was a bloodless and unleaderlike person.

    Rather like Mitt Romney.

    •  OK, if I've been having a discussion (0+ / 0-)

      with somebody who said this, clearly there's no point:

      You can debate whether or not the Horton ad was over the line,
      wow, just wow.  
      •  People do debate it. I think it was over the line. (0+ / 0-)

        But that is not a universal opinion. Trying to turn that into some kind of character smear against me is...well, very much in the spirit of the ad.

        •  Am I really authoring the character smear? (0+ / 0-)

          just saying, YOU were the one who claimed that an ad that the lifelong racist Lee Atwater renunciated and apologized for was "debatable"

          I'm curious, just who is the debate with?  Seriously, it's not easy to find harder core fuckwads out there than Lee Atwater  . . . which would kind of be a necessity to have this debate.

          I'm also curious if the 1988 election is just something you've read about in the history books and can look at it with strange detachment, or if you actually lived through it?   I suppose THAT could explain your strange acceptance of an early version of Romney's current tactics.

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