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  •  This could be... (5+ / 0-)

    the most important 24 hours of the next 4 years.  This week could be the difference between village chatter being about what a wreck the Romney campaign is versus framing the larger picture of what the Republicans are all about.

    •  and what better representation (0+ / 0-)

      of what the republicans are all about than paul !@#$%& ryan?!  helloooooo!

      Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

      by Cedwyn on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:09:14 AM PDT

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      •  And we're doing exactly what I was afraid of. (0+ / 0-)

        From Obama to the talkers to the diarists and commentors on this website, it's Romney this and Ryan that.  It's about winning in November and ignoring the long game.

        People don't make that connection.  It needs to be spelled out for them.  We very well could have used this as an opportunity to start pushing back in the long game, but it's just another game of whack-a-mole.

        •  really? the debate is almost entirely about (0+ / 0-)

          rich people having too much and the GOP wanting to take away medicare.  how is that not influencing the long game?  a shift in public perceptions is huge and the narrative is very strongly on our side here.

          Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

          by Cedwyn on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 07:50:51 AM PDT

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          •  Just. Don't. Get. It. (0+ / 0-)

            No, that's not what 'the debate' is almost entirely about.  Not at all.  The discussion is about Paul Ryan wanting to take Medicare away.  

            This could be a launching pad to exposing and fighting the entire Republican idea of governance.  But instead the Ryan pick is used to carry the ephemeral notion of a narrative.  There's still no plan to catch up in the 40 year head start the Republicans hatched to take over public perception of what government should be and can be.

            As I said to another commentor, I'm talking long term strategy, you're talking short term tactics.

        •  check this out (0+ / 0-)

          Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

          by Cedwyn on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 07:58:00 AM PDT

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          •  And then... (0+ / 0-)

            most of those individual Republicans who are privately fearing the impacts this decision has on their jobs will turn around, toe the party line, and start doing the bidding of those in the party who have their eye on the long game.

            50 years ago, nobody thought eliminating the progressive tax system was a viable way to operate our government.

            40 years ago, when Nixon was pushing through the EPA, the CWA, and the CAA, few thought 'regulation of business is a burden.'

            35 years ago, nobody thought destroying unions and collective bargaining would benefit the middle class.

            30 years ago, nobody thought privatizing government services was a good idea.

            The powers that be in the Republican party understand these things all take time, but if they keep telling people that putting cat turds in their mouth will make their teeth whiter and breath fresher, eventually enough people will start shoving cat turds in their mouths.

            We haven't begun to combat this long term strategy.  All we do is try to do is whack the mole when it rears it's head.  

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