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  •  Yep, the brand/marketing metaphor only goes so far (1+ / 0-)
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    when applied to politics.  If Apple seduces me into buying a new sleek mini iPod, okay, not that huge a consequence.  I'll gradually earn another spare $400 and there are a million products and choices out there.  

    But politics is a different thing - it's actually one thing; it is not multiple politics-es. It's the messy business of us all (citizenry) continually tackling this ever present question: under what rules and policies and structures will we all, the citizens, live together as a nation?  We cast votes and we live with the consequences every day.

    The GOP is in trouble for many reasons, but one is that their contempt for government itself has started to show itself more nakedly than before.  The contempt, and the way that contempt translates into bad performance.  As so many on DailyKos have pointed out, if the Republicans are interested in proving that government sucks, they will be interested in providing a government that sucks.  

    It took a while but I think one key reason that Obama won reelection despite a still-not-that-good economy, is because enough voters recognized basic competence in his leadership and administration - after eight years of Bush/GOP.  Most voters still recognize today that Bush/GOP, more than Obama, was much more to blame for the 2008-2009 recession that was almost a depression.

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