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    In the primary, I intend to vote for the Dem who, in my judgment, has the best chance of beating the GOP in November.


    If that's Hillary, I'll vote for her. If it's Warren, I'll vote for her. If it's someone else, I'll vote for her (or maybe even him).

    I think the lesson of Obama's 2008 campaign is that the rhetorical ability to tie people's emotions to their senses of morality and reason is key to persuasion. And so far, Warren seems to be much better able to do that than Hillary. So in my book, Warren is now the leading candidate for my vote.

    Aristotle's three elements of persuasion: logos (reason--weakest), ethos (morality or justice), pathos (emotion--strongest). The genius of Obama's 2008 campaign was he hit all three. The failures of Obama and the Dems 2009-13 have been that they've been all logos, no ethos or pathos. E.g., we argue about whether universal healthcare will be a net economic cost, and not whether it will stop people from suffering and dying. We bail out banks because it's economically efficient, while homeowners go bankrupt, people sleep under bridges, and millions of houses stand empty. Etc.

    Warren seems to be the person who can explain arcane economics in ways that resonate with ordinary people.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 12:41:47 PM PDT

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