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  •  Health care, jobs, Iraq (4.00)
    There are two separate factors in what makes an effective campaign issue:

    • Does it really matter to people?
    • Do people believe the candidate can really fix it?

    I believe that most people are very concerned about health care, jobs, and Iraq.

    I don't believe that most people think electing a different Congressman will fix health care, jobs, or Iraq.

    Corruption, Social Security -- voters will accept that a change in Congress will affect those.

    I've got blisters on my fingers!

    by Elwood Dowd on Fri Aug 05, 2005 at 03:13:38 PM PDT

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    •  Aha! (none)
      Somehow I had never thought of it in quite those terms (can s/he really fix it?).  Thanks for crystallizing it.

      One of the perversely smart moves the GOP has made over time is convincing the electorate not to expect anything helpful from its representatives.  And once politics is almost entirely symbolic (and confined to rah-rah feel-good-ism), about the only thing that's tangible is... tax cuts.

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