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  •  Not enough if Dem leadership worth a damn. (0+ / 0-)

    (1) All that is true.

    (2) Most of that was obvious to all in 2009. (Citizens United is new, but it didn't create a new problem--it made the old, obvious problems worse.)

    (3) Because it was all obvious in 2009, the Dem leadership should've had a game plan to deal with it. That's the job of leaders. "Let's put off most of HCR till 2014" was a losing game plan from the get-go. The human tendency to value the present-immediate over the future was also obvious in 2009, and should have been integral to the Dems' plans.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 11:09:31 AM PDT

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    •  don't disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      with anything you've written above, but find, strangely that agreeing with it takes me no place useful.  Simply stating "dem leadership not worth a damn" doesn't offer me much of a perspective to do something about these things you've written that I agree with.

      The perspective I offered, however, does give me an angle of vision for looking at the situation that offers both direction and alternatives, in short something slightly more productive to my mind.  

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 11:18:05 AM PDT

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      •  Options for productive action: (0+ / 0-)

        1. Change the popular narrative about political decisions.

        2. Change political decisions.

        I suppose the point of my diary is that it's more productive to do #2 than to do #1. If you get the decision right, the narrative will take care of itself. And if you get the decision wrong, all the narrative-management in the world will be pissing in the wind.

        The deeper point is that "right" means emotionally right, not just rationally right. The emotion-driven nature of the electorate is a given, a constant, a known. Failure to deal with that is failure, period.

        Run for office. Get elected. Make decisions that are not just rationally right, but that are also emotionally right.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 12:38:20 PM PDT

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