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  •  You forget (7+ / 0-)

    That Obama is the master of taking issues that are emotional and controversial and explaining them in a way that doesn't insult the intelligence of Americans and actually attempts to provoke an honest debate.

    I've got faith he'll be able to overturn this disgraceful regulation in short order and be more than capable of defending the move to a nation tired of religious idiocy over-ruling sound medicine

    •  I truly hope you are right. (1+ / 0-)
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      But, we have to think 20 steps down the road on this.  

      In order to be successful in 2012, Republicans don't have to win -- they just have to make Obama fail, or make him look like he did.  

      Having millions of brain dead bible beaters on the warpath over an issue like abortion can help in that regard.  

      I have faith in Obama -- I really do.  I think he's brilliant, and I'm sure he knows exactly what's going on here.  I do not, however, have faith in the rest of the leadership of the Democratic party, nor do I have much faith in the electorate to discern what's going on.


      •  The electorate probably deserves more credit (4+ / 0-)
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        boofdah, CParis, kaolin, Cassandra Waites

        than you give them, for the simple reason that, when you look at a lot of the polling data (much of it sourced by kos on the front page in the weeks following the election), people across the nation (with places like Arkansas and other DEEP south areas being the minor exceptions) were able to look past race, easily one of the most divisive issues in this nation's history to vote based on the issues of the election, not the spin. If they can do that for something that's plagued our history for generations, it's not tough to see it happening for something that is, in electoral terms, a relatively new force.

        I think even those who are religious, most of them aren't insane, and most of them believe in medical science (if not always evolutionary biology). Now, charismatic preachers and demagouges might be able to turn them against good sense for a little while, but that was when the left didn't have a truly moving, persuasive voice. I think we now hold the trump card.

        Barack Obama's eloquence and integrity vs Sarah Palin's demagoguery? Bring it.

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