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  •  So anybody who wants to discuss policy (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, YucatanMan

    you are going to accuse of being a Republican enabler.

    •  You know Richard, I don't think that is it at all. (3+ / 0-)

      Getting elected is important. Working to frame a politician's world view is another. I really think that in some ways the debate over this is misplaced.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:24:28 PM PDT

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      •  If people let that line wait (2+ / 0-)
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        benamery21, thanatokephaloides

        until people had had a chance to express their policy views and then people attempted to look for a compromise position that seemed likely to win an election, I might agree with you. However, what just happened in this diary is very typical. If people even begin talking about the importance of policy issues, they hit you over the head with that kike a club.

    •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no accusation.  I am stating my opinion.  I repeat:  I'd rather have Obama than McCain or Romney.  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:43:40 PM PDT

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    •  enablers? (2+ / 0-)
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      So anybody who wants to discuss policy you are going to accuse of being a Republican enabler.
      Not quite. At least, I will not do that.

      Publically accessible policy discussions serve many useful purposes. One of these is to keep 'em on the rails once you elect 'em.

      Another commenter mentioned FDR's shift to the right early in his second term. This was course-corrected by the fully justified lambasting he received in the liberal press of his day when he did that.

      "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

      by thanatokephaloides on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 06:34:10 PM PDT

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