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  •  Nearly sixty million adult persons voted for (6+ / 0-)

    a tall, fairly good looking person with good hair. Why?

    1) he is tall
    2) he is good looking
    3) he's an apt king for a term "re(x) publius" =king of the people, a position Jesus disdained
    4) dictators are best when ineffectual
    5) governing = work, not for the lazy
    6) if it's dirty work, people should take turns
    7) gilt by association is cheap
    8) habit
    9) generosity

    Most of the above have to do with appearances. That's because most of the people who voted for the tall white guy are directed by superficial optics. Some few probably think the glory ought to ge shared and actually voted out of generosity, rather than antagonism.

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    by hannah on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:26:50 AM PST

    •  I would like to gloat over predicting that (3+ / 0-)
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      in America, the cooler guy wins. Bush was cooler than Gore or Kerry, in a smirky rich punk sort of way. No more Gores or Kerrys. Don't be wonks, go with the product that is easier to market.  

      We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

      by PowWowPollock on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:04:48 AM PST

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      •  True the President is the eptiome of Cool, he (6+ / 0-)

        really is plus he has a lovely family and a cute dog that rides in a car and not on a roof.

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        by wishingwell on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:36:25 AM PST

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      •  Then the 2016 candidate should be (1+ / 0-)
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        Martin O'Malley. What is cooler than having your own rock band? Oh, yeah, and he sheparded through the first passing of the Dream Act AND Marriage Equality by popular vote, but that's not as cool as this.

        You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

        by yellowdog on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:55:02 AM PST

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        •  Martin O'Malley has hurt the people of Maryland. (1+ / 0-)
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          He was instrumental in getting the casino at National Harbor approved in a referendum on election day. And for years leading up to that, he was critically important to helping the gambling industry to force their way in. The casino will devestate a neighborhood and make southern Prince George's County a sacrifice zone. Montgomery County officials pushed for the casino - but they would never have done it were it sited in richer Montgomery County. They wouldn't want their area to be the sacrifice zone.

          This issue is much more important than the fact that O'Malley is a terrible speaker, but he is a terrible speaker, in my opinion, because he has no ethical core. That is reinforced by his helping open the door for the kind of people who bring you casinos.

          O'Malley's father-in-law, as Attorney General of Maryland for many years, fought ably and nobly against gambling. But O'Malley has helped wipe that memory away. O'Malley would be a horribly wrong direction for the Democratic Party to go in, and I don't see him as cool in the slightest.

      •  Gore revealed a nasty, authoritarian streak (2+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, Aunt Pat

        in picking Lieberman. Of course, we should have been on notice with his re-inventing government and the restructuring of the Pentagon to make it a more effective fighting machine. It was the Clinton/Gore military that invaded Iraq. It was the Bush/Cheney military that failed to look ahead and realize the 24 permanent base plans they pulled from the shelf weren't going to work without a lot more money and troops.
        Kerry is a good legislator, but he's got an authoritarian streak which leads him to appreciate the prosecutor's discretion to decide which laws should be enforced and against whom. He never was able to articulate, as Howard Dean and Barack Obama did that the invasion of Iraq was unjust.

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        by hannah on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:05:22 AM PST

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        •  I thought he was just (1+ / 0-)
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          shoring up Connecticut for the Democrats.

          Binders full of fail!

          by deminva on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:45:55 AM PST

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          •  No, Lieberman was an original PNAC person, (1+ / 0-)
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            promoting the American Empire in the 21st Century. The PNAC gallery had all the bases covered in 2000 with McCain, Lieberman and Cheney.
            Obama threw them a crumb the other day by saying he also wants the 21 st to be an American century by excelling in technology and accomplishing much. The PNAC gang just want to be bullies so they are unlikely to be mollified by Obama's spin. Obama's excellence involves work.

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            by hannah on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:54:27 AM PST

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    •  You forgot the most obvious (16+ / 0-)

      He's not the dark-skinned socialist Muslim who's not really American and doesn't understand Anglo-American values.

      •  Yes, rugby mom hits nail on head, only thing is (5+ / 0-)

        those racist teahadists discovered that the majority of America looks, acts, thinks like the Obamas more than they look, think, act, or have the wallet of the Romneys.

        People can relate more to the Obamas and the Bidens than they can to the rich spoiled , entitled Romneys and Ryans.

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        by wishingwell on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:38:20 AM PST

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      •  Lesser evil. (3+ / 0-)
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        Are you suggesting the Cons voted for the lesser evil? I'm not sure they are that perspicacious.
        However, if that is the case, then we have to work on reversing the whole "politics is a dirty business" meme. Which would probably be a good idea, anyway. That the public's interests are not a worthy enterprise for upstanding citizens to engage in is a notion that needs to be discounted. At a minimum it smacks of the "sour grapes" argument with which the fox tricks the crow into leaving the grapes alone until they are ripe enough to fall to the ground where the fox can easily get them. The authoritarian interest is to keep good, competent people from interfering in their predatory enterprise.
        Authoritarians, although they make a claim to authority based on achievement, actually predators in disguise. Their object is to take (or extract with blandishments) what they want without giving anything of value in return. The most inept just steal. Which is why their accumulation of richest ought to be inherently suspect.
        Willard's wealth is a flaw; not a feature.
        It is a mistake to think that rich people already have enough and are, therefor, unlikely to steal more. Thievery is habit forming. Greed is an obsession -- never satisfied.

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        by hannah on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:50:22 AM PST

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    •  That is a LOT of stupid people. (1+ / 0-)
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      No wonder american television looks as stupid as it does.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:07:59 AM PST

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