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  •  Wishful thinking (4+ / 0-)
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    bear83, mndan, Dave925, chrismorgan

    I'm sorry, but confidence in a 2016 victory is misplaced right now.

    Yes, there are a lot of signs that look good for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, but I also haven't forgotten either the "permanent Republican majority" predictions after the 2004 election and the "permanent Democratic majority" predictions after 2008.  

    Needless to say, neither happened.

    As for the idea of eliminating internal combusion engines in 10 years, that to is wishful thinking.  First of all, the average lifespan of a new car is more than ten years, which means that the gas cars sold today are still going to be on the road in ten years.  Second is that we're a long ways away from being able to build an electric car that has a range of 300 miles and sells for under $20k -- ie, something that would make a good replacement for my Honda Fit (and other cars like it).

    Maybe twenty years might do it...but no way in ten.

    If Democrats proclaim the the Earth is round and Republicans insist it is flat, we will shortly see a column in the Washington Post claiming the the earth is really a semi-circle.

    by TexasTom on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:26:34 AM PDT

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    •  Not to mention the media will drive 'change=Thug' (1+ / 0-)
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      raspberryberet

      hard because 1) many of them are stupid and that level of thinking is about as good as it gets for them, i.e. different party = change! (just as death = change!), 2) many are corrupt and co-opted, 3) many just want a good, close fight to drive ratings and $$, and 4) Fauxspews.

      Put them together with the low information voters historical tendency to think the same and Murdock's rabid marching morons, and it likely will be close regardless of the merits.  3rd terms are very rare, even with booms to lift the incumbent party. See, Humphrey, BushI, Gore.  

      Indeed, I can make a strong prima facie case that HRC is the only D who can win in 2016, even against BatshitInsane.

      That's how depressing electoral analysis can get.

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