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  •  Re your statement ..... (0+ / 0-)
    Ergo, it is reasonable to assume that there is little that can be done to appease those voters.
    Is this our version of "The 47 percent?" - but instead of "moochers and freeloaders" we are talking about an ideologically locked in worldview unchangeable by fact, logic or reality?
    •  I Don't Think So... (0+ / 0-)

      What I am saying is, if you have someone who sees Barack Obama and...say...Paul Ryan as equidistant from their own political position, it is hard to seriously call them "centrist".

      Put it this way: if today's Democrats are at a 30 on the ideological scale (with 0 being purely left, and 100 being purely right), and the GOP is at a 95, "in-between" is going to be in the 60s.

      It is the belief that the political bases have both grown more partisan, but not symmetrically so, that is the basis for my point.

      "Every one is king when there's no one left to pawn" (BRMC)
      Contributing Editor, Daily Kos/Daily Kos Elections

      by Steve Singiser on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:04:51 PM PST

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