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  •  2010 midterms seem like an outlier to me ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... inasmuch as the Rethuglican side had the Tea Party energy and was highly motivated to vote, if only to overturn the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives. Our base did not turn out to cast ballots in anywhere near the same numbers, nor did independents have as much of a voice as they will in this election.

    Don't get me wrong. I opposed President Obama's seemingly never-ending and fruitless quest to find common ground with a party that was unified in doing everything it could to block him even if it meant hurting the country in the process. Perhaps nowhere was that misguided effort to practice bipartisanship more disastrous than during the whole debt-ceiling debacle.

    All I am saying is that I believe Obama planted seeds of goodwill back then, and has gained himself a measure of the benefit of the doubt among conservative-leaning independents now. Most people can tell who has been the grown-up in the room for the past four years. And that isn't Rmoney and his crowd.

    Would I have preferred that Obama fight harder for progressive causes? Hell yes. I'm also not blind to the fact that the president has earned the respect of my brother, who is not one of his natural supporters.

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