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  •  They would hate our Democratic president (3+ / 0-)

    whether he was Gore, Kerry, or she was Hillary.
    That Obama is black is unquestionably icing on the 'hate cake' for a few of them, but the mere fact he is an (OMG) DEMOCRAT is enough for most of them to suit their venomous ends.
    I would like to see the methodology myself.

    •  let's not make any premature conclusions. (1+ / 0-)
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      there may be fatal flaws about the way the study was done.

      and besides, EVEN IF opposition to the president's-not-so-progressive-agenda is partly fueled by race-based prejudice, how does that affect how the progressives and democrats engage those dissenters?

      DO we engage them or write them off?

      how significant and influential are they?

      CAN they be won over?

      remember, the tea party is a heterogeneous group.

      what do we have in common with their members?  can we mobilize them to align with progressives in not only pushing obama to adopt more progressive policies, but also in combating the manipulative media masters such as Limbaugh and Beck and Palin?  if the tea baggers see that in fact they are being handled in a way that will ultimately go against their interests?

      •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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        I looked for the actual analysis, and so far there isn't any. My comment was just on the overall difference between "gut feelings" and actual studies with good methodology and solid conclusions based on data, i.e. "evidence-based medicine."

        It seems like there is always the "no shit, Sherlock" comments when studies come out about things that are understood to be true through conventional wisdom--why did we need a study to tell us that? everyone KNOWS it's true-- but that is not evidence-based. Which is why real studies based on solid methodologies are necessary. In this case, until the actual study with its methodology is published there is no way of deciding its merits or not.

        "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

        by zaynabou on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 06:22:23 PM PDT

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