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  •  It's not even historically accurate. (6+ / 0-)

    Polls or no polls, Lincoln was very attuned to public opinion, or public mood if you prefer.  At the very least, he knew how things would play.  Which is why he waited until there was something resembling a victory by Union forces before announcing emancipation.  

    I find it vaguely troubling that Cheney and company aren't even attempting to sound plausible any more.  

    "The Romans brought on their own demise, but it took them centuries. Bush has finished America in a mere 7 years." -- Paul Craig Roberts

    by Roddy McCorley on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 02:36:55 PM PDT

    •  And Lincoln didn't have to steal two elections (4+ / 0-)

      to create the illusion of legitimacy. Nor did he start the Civil War. Nor did he go out of his way to reject any contrary opinion and stifle dissent. Nor did he hire and retain hacks to run the government. Nor did he micromanage the war and overrule his generals. Nor did he insult the intelligence of anyone over the age of 2. And so on.

      But aside from that, yes, they are EXACTLY the same things.

      "No matter what people say, what people think, if you do what you think is right, you're serving your country." - Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

      by kovie on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 02:41:31 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, there is a story (0+ / 0-)

      that an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote Lincoln a letter telling him to grow whiskers, which became one of his trademarks.

      He definitely was listening.

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