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  •  because of demographic changes (43+ / 0-)

    that had been long in the making, and had nothing to do with him.

    The Southern Strategy of Nixon/Reagan/Bush II is failing because WASP males are becoming a smaller part of the electorate. The fastest-growing immigrant populations, Hispanics and Asian-Americans, tend to vote heavily Democratic.

    Obama did not cause those changes, he simply took advantage of them.

    In fact, they were so much of an advantage that he felt free to coddle the banks, ignore labor, step up drone warfare, and drag his feet on climate change, knowing that identity politics and the unpopularity of the Republicans would be enough to get him over the finish line.

    If he had not had that advantage, he would have had to fight harder and do more for his base, instead of simply floating through like he has.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:19:17 AM PST

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    •  ^^^This^^^ (13+ / 0-)

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:48:29 AM PST

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      •  Also voters are seeing results of liberal policies (4+ / 0-)

        It's only a taste but we avoided a depression and for all the hand-wringing Obamacare is demonstrating that it's helping people even in it's half formed phase. The stimulus did not slow down or stop the recovery as some claimed it would. And another after 2014 could seal the deal. Allowing ever greater fairness may be permanently altering the landscape. And at long last Obama is finally stating to explain to non -liberal voters the values and strategy behind liberalism.

        Perhaps someday he'll use the fully formed examples of strong Keynesian policies used through the 30's to the mid 60's or so before we got off track and remind everyone of the means we used to become the greatest nation in the world. Let the Neocon / Teabagger fascists explain away those 30-odd years of progress.

        •  My biggest beef with ObamaCare (11+ / 0-)

          is that Obama and the Dems didn't step up each and every time some new benefit came in to make a proud and public announcement like:

          Hey, folks!  Starting now anyone on Medicare or with health insurance will get a free annual physical without deductables or co-payments.  This includes routine testing that will uncover any diseases very early when they are the easiest and least expensive to treat.

          Women can also get a free annual gynecological examination with PAP testing, mammography, or other routine tests in addition to their annual physical.

          Enjoy your new health benefits from ObamaCare which will go far in reducing future costs of health care in this country.

          They didn't do that so most people think their health insurance company, out of the goodness of their hearts, gave them some new benefits.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:25:16 PM PST

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          •  You've just IDed the 2010 election debacle. (5+ / 0-)

            Democrats everywhere hunkered down, as if ACA was something we must avoid talking about. The Republicans came out swinging. Our Congresspeople didn't.

            Turnout was an issue. The young in particular do not tend to turn out in an off year election. Their votes might not have made that much difference (they didn't in most states in 2008) but their energy was missing in the 2010 campaigns. And the Obama vote-gathering team wasn't in place or cloned.

            That cannot be allowed to happen in 2014.

            2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

            by TRPChicago on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:28:23 PM PST

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          •  Excellent point. Where is the professor-in-chief? (3+ / 0-)
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            He needs to correct all the lies and misrepresentations about libralism. Actually he might be getting up behind that podium tho it's sill a bit early to tell. Hopefully he's learning to start the bidding high when proposing policy so that he has entry of room to come down and win what can be reasonably expected. Again too early to say.

            But for now I'm cautiously hopeful that he's learning and listening to our side this time. Don't forget, he's a moderate with a bit of a conservative streak. I doubt that he'll ever be another FDR. But he's generally standing behind liberal principles and may still move further left. We'll see.

        •  Explaning values is not enough. You've got to (2+ / 0-)
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          follow-up with appropriate progressive legislation.

          Passing legislation that contains a Grand Bargain is not the way to go, if you're hoping for gains during the mid-terms.

          That's the first hurdle that progressives must negotiate.

          For now, we need to be sure to burn up the phone lines to the White House, our Senators, and our Congresspersons to make sure we avert a Bowles-Simpson type of austerity package or framework from passing.


          “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:00:57 PM PST

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          •  Sure. But debunking lies gives us an easier path (0+ / 0-)

            towards getting policies in place by softening the opposition. Even to get conservatives to consider that what we are trying to do is credible may keep them from encouraging their side with phone calls and emails and petitions. It helps in polling too which can make politicians weak in the knees if they have poor support there. I want more conservative citizens in the undecided catagory at the very least if we can't bring them to our side on issues.

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