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View Diary: Mark Warner - I will no longer support you (211 comments)

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  •  He's a "friction-free" neoliberal opportunist (9+ / 0-)

    I.e. he's "progressive" where it's politically risk-free and/or advantageous, but quite conservative if not reactionary otherwise, as suits him. I.e. he's only as progressive as he politically needs to be, and not an ounce more. Which is why the ONLY way to influence pols like him is by making it even more politically disadvantageous for him to oppose such legislation than to support it.

    Appeal to most pols' better angels and you'll get nowhere. Appeal to and/or threaten their sense of self-preservation and self-interests, and now you're talking their language. You get nowhere by playing nice in politics.

    NOWHERE.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:41:49 AM PDT

    •  His calculations are wrong on this... (2+ / 0-)
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      kovie, mali muso

      The downside of being on the wrong side of history on this issue - and there will be another slaughter - is much greater than any potential upside of placating the NRA. He's getting shitty advice.

      A smart politician who values their elected career is going to be conservative when the voters aren't there with him. In this case, the voters are waaaaay ahead of him on the issue.

      •  What marks a lot of these "new Dem" types (2+ / 0-)
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        zett, Dillonfence

        is a vast and IMO quite lazy overreliance on canned think-tank-based ideology and a belief in their own intellectual and professional superiority predicated on their natural intelligence and technocratic training and backgrounds.

        These people have been on autopilot for years and don't realize it. They're in a bubble that only a healthy if jarring and painful dose of reality can bust.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:43:56 AM PDT

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