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  •  Do not underestimate the power of money and... (16+ / 0-)

    ignorance.  The RW own the media, they own most of our places of work, they own the Supreme court, a majority of local government positions and they also own the Supreme Court.  

    The have purchased the best propogandists and lawyers money can buy and they have a stranglehold on the majority of Christian churches in this country giving their message a front and center voice from what many people believe to be the very word of God.

    Never believe that:

    All it has is money, a formidable weapon, but of limited usefulness.
    They have a well oiled machine that has only one setting; "Relentless Attack".

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 05:41:08 AM PDT

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    •  formidable, indeed (13+ / 0-)

      and still the major factor in shaping opinion, i.e. voting patterns. Not just political ad money, but the money shaping news coverage, especially.
      Where the limits are being reshaped in the right direction is in things like the saturation factor (Karl Rove's PAC lost all but one race it tried to buy in 2012) and in the smaller places (like Vermont) where outside money and attack ads are trumped by face time with the candidates themselves.
      That said, it is imperative we recognize that the midterm electorate is not only 'older, whiter, and more conservative' than in POTUS years, but it is also a segment of the population more given to an authoritarian mindset. Meaning more likely to consume mainstream televised media, and more likely to do so uncritically. That spots our opponents a lead that we will need to counter with base turnout. GOTV.

      Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

      by kamarvt on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 06:06:16 AM PDT

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