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  •  Long time to 11/2016. Convince public, not me. (0+ / 0-)

    Everything you say was true in November 2010 too, yet we got our asses kicked in that election. And even in November 2012, we failed to regain the House, and failed to gain enough votes in the Senate to break a filibuster. Still plenty of time between now and 11/2016 for the voting public to find reasons to vote GOP. If we want to do better in 2016 than in 2010 and 2012, we would be better off fighting policy battles between now and then, and focusing less on speculating about the horse race.

    "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 Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 01:44:01 PM PDT

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    •  Economics are about the only thing (0+ / 0-)

      That can convince the public to vote GOP in sufficient numbers to win the White House back. Or possibly an executive branch scandal or severely bungled foreign policy crisis. The demographics worked against them last time and aren't getting any better. If the economy is bad, there's probably not much we can do to convince the public.

      •  GOP classic pitch. (2+ / 0-)
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        There were always be a significant % of the public eager to believe the classic GOP pitch, which has served them well since Reagan--something-for-nothing:

        You can everything you really want or need from government, AND you can pay less for it! We'll cut your taxes and everything will be FINE! And if it doesn't work out, then it must be the fault of [insert this year's scapegoat here--gays, blacks, criminals, welfare queens, immigrants, communists, socialists, unions, teachers, teacher unions, liberals, etc.].
        That will ALWAYS get the GOP up to about 40%, because it reassures the Great American Middle Class that they don't need to do anything different--it's always Somebody Else that needs to change. Then the GOP only needs to scare up another 10.00001% to win.
        "A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to believe he generally believes."

        Demosthenes

        "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 Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 07:26:55 PM PDT

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        •  That last quote has so many applications. (1+ / 0-)
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          Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

          by ZedMont on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 11:02:33 AM PDT

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