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  •  Well Joe (0+ / 0-)

    it's also deeply evil to try cut these things, which is what I care about.

    That said, the question is whether the Dems can maintain a massive shift in their favor, which they will need to retake the House, so it's not really the same situation.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

    by David Kaib on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:44:53 AM PDT

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    •  The #1 rookie mistake on the internet: (0+ / 0-)

      Conflating "what I care about" with analysis of electoral politics.

      There must be a billion words a day devoted to the theory that the objectively smartest electoral strategy for Democratic politicians is to argue for the writer's own ideal policy platform. It's an easy temptation to give in to.

      As for the differences: over the course of 2011-2012, the Democrats were also working to maintain a massive shift in their favor - a shift from the depths of election day 2010 (when the Republicans were much more popular and their ideas had the backing of the public) to election day 2012. And, just like today, people were predicting that go-nowhere grand bargain negotiations would arrest that comeback and stifle the Democrats' message.

      It really is the same situation.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:05:29 AM PDT

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