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  •  We've been burned more than a few times (4+ / 0-)

    in the recent past.

    Back in the day, I used to argue with conservatives, old school ones, about issues such as food stamps, welfare, etc., who would always state their position as favorable to those who were genuinely honest and in need.  The problem of course was that they could never see a genuine need in any specific case. It was always hypothetically something a person had or hadn't done in the past and so the conservative could never support someone who he deemed irresponsible, stupid, etc.  All a matter of personal conscience in that supporting victims of circumstance would only perpetuate that victimhood.  And so it would go, endlessly.  But none never wavered from the disingenous position that he "would" favor helping such a person "if" the person met his personal approval.

    It distresses me that some self-identified liberals as well bluedogs have resorted to identifying one aspect of complex issues or legislation, often a minor one, to become the crux of their opposition to taking action that would seem most logically to be following through on their pre-election principles.

    The other point, and one which you are making, is that a single issue, doesn't entitle a candidate to self-describe.  And especially when contributions are tight, I agree that it's more logical to choose others to support whose positions mesh on a number of issues.  God knows there are enough problems to choose from today.

    Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

    by blueoasis on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 06:22:00 PM PDT

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