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  •  The collapse of the Left ... (9+ / 0-)

    Happened long before 1992. Clinton came in at the height of conservative ascendency, and governed as far to the left as he could in the environment in which he had to operate.

    Remember why the GOP threw everything they had into stopping HillaryCare - because Bill Kristol warned them that if enacted it would prove hugely popular ... they'd never be rid of it, any more than Social Security and Medicare, and it would pave the way for more social programs down the road.

    But only evil cynics like me would rudely step on the myth of Pristine Progressive Purity.

    The best fortress is to be found in the love of the people - Niccolo Machiavelli

    by al Fubar on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 12:05:57 PM PST

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    •  That's completely wrong (12+ / 0-)

      The left survived well into the 1980s. Jesse Jackson mounted two very strong presidential campaigns and registered millions of voters (laying the groundwork for 1992). Movements of the left, such as anti-apartheid, had a great deal of success in the 1980s, as did the fight to keep the US less directly involved in Central America.

      By 1992 progressives had mobilized millions of voters behind attacks on NAFTA, the human rights violations of the Chinese government, financial excess, and "12 years of Reagan-Bush." Clinton merely rode that wave to victory and then sold it out while in office.

      The notion that the left was dead in 1992 is a lie. A lie told by the DLC and the media in pursuit of its own interests, to use the end of the Cold War to achieve the final victory of neoliberalism and beat back the desire to have a social democratic peace dividend.

      I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

      by eugene on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 01:39:39 PM PST

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    •  actually, Hillarycare (3+ / 0-)
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      went down because the health insurance companies figured they'd make more money with the status quo situation where the majority of the employed population was covered by employer-paid health care combined with a lack of government oversight over the quality of care provided.

      Their position drove the GOP position.

      Now that the situation has changed, we can expect the same kind of political involvement from the health insurance industry in favor of branded or generic hillarycare that previously opposed it.

      When the hillarycare health insurance industry subsidy legislation gets introduced into Congress, don't expect any significant opposition unless the MA hillarycare program has already visibly collapsed.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 02:02:25 PM PST

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