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  •  that they are struggling (and they are) (12+ / 0-)

    and that they will do even worse with time (they will) is not the same as nor am I suggesting that they should be written off in 2014. Tribal voting doesn't easily come to an end.

    2016 is another story altogether.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:00:25 AM PDT

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    •  Ayup . . . (8+ / 0-)

      There's no real penalty for lying -- the corporate media often actually rewards it. Most voters don't have any real understanding of public policy and believe a lot of things that aren't true, from "the deficit is growing" to "death panels" to "welfare for freeloaders is huge percentage of the federal budget" to "tax rates in the U.S. are higher than most of the world." And I could go on. Also a lot of people are racist. There's a real danger the Republican get both houses in 2014 and that will be a huge problem. Two years is plenty of time to do major damage.

      •  Media seems to be catching on (2+ / 0-)
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        Linda1961, Neon Vincent

        That's one major change I see, and may be responsible for some of the observed decline. The media (except for FOX, of course) seems far more willing to point out discrepancies between what a politician says back home and how they vote in DC, or to point out that you can't actually "defund Obamacare," or to mention protests. In other words, they're not just parroting the right-wing talking points. Now if they would only balance out who's invited to the Sunday talk shows. . . .

        •  When people see that (2+ / 0-)
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          crazies on the right claim that FOX is now pushing "the gay agenda" maybe they might be more inclined to realize that those people actually ARE crazy.

          Society is merely organized injustice. Clarence Darrow

          by Van Buren on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:54:04 AM PDT

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          •  Tribal voting will carry the house and probably (0+ / 0-)

            the senate. How bad can that be? 4 or 8 more years of gridlock a la Hillary and you've got a happy, if dying base and the US gets hosed down the street once again.

            I'm not really looking forward to this.

            What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

            by TerryDarc on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 09:16:44 AM PDT

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