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  •  I'm definitely a glass is half-empty person (2+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, twigg

    and I live in a rural area, so that probably colors my thinking.

    Naturally, I disagree that dark forecasts are easy to make.  Every election cycle, dKos is awash in absurdly optimistic thinking.  I got HRd heavily in 2004 for trying to inject reality into the debate, but I was proven right.  In 2008 I was fairly optimistic about Obama's chances, especially about how his race would play out.  That thanksgiving my family was convinced nobody would vote for the "n*gg*r" (lots of mild racism, they support Obama, but they are suspicious of black people).  I argued that his race wouldn't matter enough to give McCain victory.  

    So I like to think that while I'm a dark person by nature, it gives me the ability to see unpleasant truths, and I'm able to suppress it sufficiently to take an optimistic outlook when warranted.  But I admit I could be wrong about myself :)

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:40:16 AM PDT

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    •  OK, one more thing (2+ / 0-)
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      Subterranean, elwior

      I wish I'd said in that comment above.

      First of all, I share some of your reservations. I myself made the point following a very optimistic recent diary about the 2012 presidential race by Kos that "the effects of the Citizens' United ruling, and the unlimited funding the conservatives now enjoy, have yet to play out. They even have yet to play out with regard to this race. We just can't know this early how big money will affect the outcome of the presidential race, even though things look good right now."

      On the heels of that, I'd add that the internet is still new (less than 20 years old) and a number of other factors in this race are brand-new, and we really can't know how any of them will actually shape the outcome. Hell, a few short months ago--to use one example--many around here were referring to Rush Limbaugh as "the de facto head of the Republican Party." That's an acknowledgment that he had tremendous power in shaping the political discourse in this country. Now, Limbaugh has been so roundly put to shame that he is severely weakened, his voice all but silenced. Things are still taking shape, very much. We can make reasonable predictions, but we can't know, for good or ill, how things will play out in November.  

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:58:36 AM PDT

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