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  •  the horserace (none)
    is not just an American obsession with sports but also the result of lazy journalism.

    How many more times did we hear that Bush and Kerry were campaigning within 10 miles of each other or what the latest polling numbers were than we heard what they were saying?

    I do think this is about balancing ideals with practicality about getting them implemented. (This is why I'm not a Green voter, even when their platforms are better than the Dems.) But the Democrats need to stand for something.

    •  right -- American journalism (none)
      I wasn't referring to an American obsession with sports, but rather a way of looking at politics that Americans have been conditioned to.  It isn't just lazy journalism, it's a matter of a certain ideological view -- or rather the lack of a certain ideological view -- among mainstream journalists.  Those with a more sophisticated understanding of "politics" are filtered out.  Markos misunderstands what ideology is and fails to understand its importance.
      "the Democrats need to stand for something" -- exactly so.

      i·de·ol·o·gy  n.

         1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, group, class, or culture.
         2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.

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