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    Obama may need to reflect on what he considers a "bridgeable difference." The people calling him a fascist and a socialist are not behaving rationally and have no intention of hashing things out.

    I think he did reflect on it, because he said:

    this kind of vilification and over-the-top rhetoric closes the door to the possibility of compromise. It undermines democratic deliberation. It prevents learning - since after all, why should we listen to a 'fascist' or 'socialist' or 'right wing nut?' It makes it nearly impossible for people who have legitimate but bridgeable differences to sit down at the same table and hash things out.

    I think he said that because there are people out there who are hurling around such vitriolic rhetoric, it makes it difficult to find common ground with them.  It doesn't mean we give up because the other side is irrational.  That doesn't make them incapable of rationality.  It doesn't make the job easier, by any stretch of the imagination, but if we can bring them along just a little bit, then the gaps become bridgable.  Look at what is happening with finacial reform.  We are not facing unified opposition.  Part of that is that we showed that when irrationality infects one side, the rational will act without them.  Bridges are better built from both sides.  I think our Republican opposition is just learning that.

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