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  •  This diary has a lot of assertion (2+ / 0-)
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    and very little justification.

    As time goes on, Obama has definitely gotten better at explaining his approach to the economy and helping the non-rich.  Just because this wasn't sufficient to get him a big win in WV does not mean that he lost because of populism.

    •  Whether diarist is correct or not, it's still an (0+ / 0-)

      interesting question the diarist raises about how to win over the economically disenfranchised white blue collar workers that Davis and the Rethugs want to keep.

      Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

      by doinaheckuvanutjob on Sun May 18, 2008 at 12:15:38 AM PDT

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    •  For me personally, health care (0+ / 0-)

      I think that for me, the crystalizing issue has been how Obama has handled the health care issue, and how specifically he's used the mandate issue.

      Like it or not, this is not a populist frame.  It is not even a progressive frame.  It's an "economic conservatism" frame, and like or not, many of us were surprised to see him use it, and appalled when it began to appear that it wasn't a fluke.

      Most of my activism is around that issue, and it gets my back up with the people who are siding with the insurance industry use a frame, and I hear the same damn thing from Democratic candidate.

      Also: I've been a real fan of Paul Krugman for years.  I don't agree with him on everything, but as someone with some economic training, I have immense respect for him.

      I know he drives many Obama people completely ape-shit.  But he's attacking Obama for policy, and not for personality. It's telling that Krugman gets attacked less on policy than personality, and it does not impress (or "convert") people to Obama's campaign for his followers to do it.

      I have never been a Clinton supporter.  I should be an easy sell.  Obama has (and will have) my support, at least until November.  Afterwards, I'm worried about where it goes from there.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Sun May 18, 2008 at 01:34:14 AM PDT

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