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  •  Yeah, but 'war president' (0+ / 0-)

    is messaging, and 'not crashing decisively' is very different from 'enacting public policy to help.'

    I don't know. If enacting public policy were paramount, the Republicans would never win.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 08:02:00 PM PDT

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    •  but the war itself is not just messaging (2+ / 0-)
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      If Bush hadn't invaded just before the 2002 elections and we weren't actually in Iraq for the 2004 election, I'm not sure his belligerence would have won any votes.

      •  There are two things: (1+ / 0-)
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        1. the war.
        1. the war messaging.

        If you think the war was policy that actually made positive change in voters' lives, fine. Otherwise, that is all messaging, that not only  resulted in votes, but more than counterbalanced shitty policies.

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:16:12 AM PDT

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