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  •  That's fun to do, but I don't know if we have the (3+ / 0-)
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    numbers to have much impact, and still get our day job (promoting progressive ideas) done.
    The general discourse will marginalize the religious right (in fact they are naturally self-marginalizing, except for the pandering by gop pols and the current slant of big media).
    On one level the 1% and Wall Street want the electorate to be ignorant, however, the way forward for a sustainable economy goes thru science and technology and education, so ultimately even business has to make a choice whether to pamper home-schooolers or promote the foundation for our economy going forward.

    It took us more or less 40 years to get to this point. We made progress moving out of it in 2008, we faltered in 2010, now we're back on track.
    It will take a long period, at least a decade, to gain momentum in a positive direction. We have to persevere and maintain focus over a long period of time.
    All of these issues are interconnected: climate change, science denialism, public education spending, the social safety net, the failure of supply-side economics, middle class economy, green jobs, a 21st cent. infrastructure, etc.
    The gop has done a good job staying focused on obstruction of our economy and general progress, and heeding the demands of their base.
    They failed miserably this time. They feel like it's because they insufficiently camouflaged their true objectives in a moderate shroud (Akin, Mourdock) and because their lead guy was damaged goods.
    They've turned their denialism inward.
    They're starting to crack.

    They've ignored the problem with their gender politics an have focused on their problem with the hispanic vote, because they think the hispanic vote will be more conservative on gender issues. They will try to split our hispanic vote away from our women's vote.

    Our strength lies in the interconnectedness of the issues I cited above. We have a couple of hurdles to get over, involving the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy "fiscal bump", etc. We need to sieze the initiative on comprehensive immigration reform, and then we need to start addressing climate change.

    As we do that, the religious right will become more and more marginalized as the gop is forced to get out of the way.  

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:17:21 AM PST

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