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  •  I knocked on doors (11+ / 0-)

    for him in NH in 92. After easy win in Iowa, if he'd won in NH he'd have been well on his way. Somehow the bad press of Gennifer Flowers actually helped the comeback kid. Tsongas wins NH, Clinton emerges.

    I always thought of Harkin as the anti-Reagan, folksy personable and progressive.

    •  Harkin is a great guy (1+ / 0-)
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      But, my God, he was horrible as a presidential candidate. He seemed to be speaking to no one but farmers and union members, as if he were campaigning in the America of 1938, not 1992. He had absolutely nothing to say to typical middle class families, say an engineer with a spouse who sold real estate and lived in the suburbs of Denver.

    •  I liked both Harkin and Tsongas. (2+ / 0-)

      In retrospect, it was really unfortunate for us that Clinton won. This is now his party:  supporters of NAFTA, welfare reform, financial deregulation.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:47:38 PM PST

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      •  Right. Really unfortunate. (0+ / 0-)

        Whatever made us think this guy had any political talent?

        •  He has oodles of political talent (1+ / 0-)
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          He is the most brilliant politician of his generation. And I don't say that lightly. He is fucking brilliant. I've got nothing but admiration for his skill.

          He used that brilliance and skill to help shut down one whole side of the political debate in the United States, position the Democratic party to be the party of the plutocrats, and dismantle the new deal. Also to hand our country's jobs to overseas sweatshops and hand our country's economy to an untrammeled Wall St coterie that ended up bringing the global economy to its knees and has left us with a political culture of austerity.

          So, 10 out of 10 for talent, drive, and brilliance; 3 out of 10  for good policy, morality, and human decency.

          if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:09:34 AM PST

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        •  If the existence of the American middle class (0+ / 0-)

          and a stable global economy to do business in are the cost of Democratic  electoral victories, that is too high a price.

          if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:10:45 AM PST

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