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  •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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    unspeakable, teloPariah

    And as cynical as it sounds, I'm coming to believe that it's the simplest and only explanation that fits the facts.

    •  I think its simpler than that (3+ / 0-)
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      unspeakable, FogCityJohn, teloPariah

      You give them too much credit. They aren't that sophisticated. The reality is that they believe whatever the fear factor in DC tells them. The fear factor in DC is that gay issues are per se controversial. That if they vote on them, they will lose the American public because the American public is not yet on board of ENDA and DADT.

      You may be thinking at this point "but the polls say..." It doesn't matter what the polls say. We are discussing what they emotionally believe. DC is as faith based as the rest of the coutnry about what it believes.

      •  *nods* (2+ / 0-)
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        Fear explains a lot, indeed.

        •  Yes, fear mongering defines (4+ / 0-)

          much of online blogging such as what we see from the Obama boosters here too.

          That and manipulation of in-group, out group social psychology dynamics.

          Right now, for example, there's this diary up about FDL for the boosters to rally around rather than discusisng what the voters want this fall.

          Why/ Because its about fear. How to boost that fear and make you want ot go to vote. The party is going to lose bad this fall because of how out of touch the party leadership and its boosters are. Their own fears are more important to them than addressing the public's needs.

          •  the best way to cast fear... (0+ / 0-)

            ...into the hearts of recalcitrant politicians and their corporate sponsors is to mobilize the electorate to vote.

            The one thing they hate and fear most is democracy.

            Historically, statistically, the more people who vote, the more progressive the outcome.

            Go figure.  That's why the right does everything in it's considerable power to suppress likely Democratic voter turnout, by hook or by crook.

            Indeed, the ONLY way the right has seized and held the power over these many years, has been by suppressing likely Democratic voter turnout.

            The right typically turns out their entire constituency, for quite a while now.

            They have no substantial electoral reserves to fall back on.

            The Democrats, on the other hand, have a huge latent electoral pool of likely Democratic voters, among those 100 million eligibles who refused to vote in '08, even for Obama, mainly due to the perception of "no difference" between the parties, in terms of any likely material result in their interest.

            The rising levels of polarization are a good thing, in that regard, in terms of conceivably mobilizing a showdown in November, maybe even an historic, unprecedented interim election voter turnout, to punish the right for their crimes against humanity.

            Power is presently hanging by a thread in the Congress, with a mad scramble for just a few votes, on any issue of substance.

            Just a few more progressives, and a few less Blue Dogs and Republicans will shift the balance of power in our favor, significantly, such that we can implement campaign finance, electoral and media reforms, toward beginning to build a more viable democracy...to be able surge forward on so many other urgent priorities.

            This could be one of the most important elections in history.

            The ice caps are melting.  It's do or die.

            "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

            by Radical def on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 05:17:13 PM PDT

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