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  •  "Vox Populi, Vox Dei". (4+ / 0-)

    The thing is, it isn't just Dems who are angry.  If it was then Hillary would have the nomination sewn up by now.  EVERYONE is angry, and instead of playing on that anger and directing it towards the other half of the country, he is harnessing it without confronting it.  By rousing the people, he can put upward pressure on the Legislature to get the needed reforms passed.

    •  Anger is a turnoff. It may make you feel good, (3+ / 0-)
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      but it's not a useful tool in converting adversaries into colleagues. It's not like the winner can vanquish their opponents, you then have to work with them.

      Most of the appeal of  Edwards, and even Clinton to a lesser degree, is a matter of style not substance.  They've tapped into this anger and are trying to ride it to victory in the primary.  The problem is it's divisive, and if you win you're too weak politically to accomplish anything.

      "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo

      by lordcopper on Mon Feb 04, 2008 at 08:22:17 PM PST

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      •  I've seen it said... (3+ / 0-)
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        highacidity, kafkananda, Akonitum

        ...that Obama's approach is "superficial" because of its warm and fuzzy appeal.

        But then why isn't it superficial to flock to a candidate who knows exactly how to push our anger buttons?  

        I believe that politics is primarily about the opportunity to exercise power to do good, not about the opportunity to express our feelings.

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