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  •  That sums up 2010 (5+ / 0-)

    I still think 2010 was just a blip on the radar.  The economy was bad and Dems just happened to be in charge, taking the blame.  That election was a disaster but far too much was read into it.

    •  Or 1980. (9+ / 0-)

      Everything went to hell at once. Carter and the Democrats got the blame even though they had nothing to do with most of it.

    •  MASSIVE Core Philosophy Democratic Malpractice. (6+ / 0-)

      2010 was a crime against civilization, driven by a fundamentalist belief in a fantasy society and government.

      There were voices here screaming about the looming disaster 18 months before it happened, to no avail because of those fundamentalist beliefs.

      2010 did not have to happen.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:19:09 PM PST

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      •  That's the problem with voters (1+ / 0-)
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        If the economy is bad they seem to just blame whichever party holds power without really considering that the alternative could be MUCH worse.  Heading into the 2010 elections republican party favorables were crap.  They were just less crappy than democrats were polling at.

      •  2010 was a reaction (0+ / 0-)

        to a lack of Progressive follow-through by Obama.  His efforts to "appease" the right-wing, in spite of a Dem majority, alienated the legions of "hopeful" voters who supported his election in 2008.  
        His failure to implement the Public Option especially disappointed many of those who originally voted for him.  Combined with the spectre of Socialism that was drummed loudly by the right media (Faux News) and the latent racism in the upper crust who became Tea Party supporters created the election results of 2010.

    •  Democrats were deeply complicit in their own (5+ / 0-)
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      defeat.

      While unemployment was going through the roof and the foreclosure mess was exploding, the Democrats in DC were busy with other, more important things.

      And...if that wasn't bad enough, they capped it off with a complete failure to do anything about the surge in middle-class taxes due at the beginning of 2011.  It's little wonder they got slapped about so badly.

      Silver lining, though: A lot of that 2010 Republican class were the type to make people re-evaluate Democrats and decide they weren't so bad.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:10:48 PM PST

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