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    The Republicans even in the minority have been very effective in exploiting Obama's fetish for bipartisanship and the Democrats' general lack of spine to keep progress from happening.

    People didn't stay home in a conscious effort to punish the Democrats, they just weren't motivated to go to the polls. I've been saying for months "We suck (marginally) less than they do" is not a particularly inspiring or motivating campaign message. By the same token "Vote for us or the black guy gets it," (h/t to Blazing Saddles) doesn't work well either.

    The Democrats were handed the Presidency and the largest Congressional majorities in over a generation and they squandered that opportunity. "We know we fucked up, but pleasepleaseplease give us another chance," also doesn't exactly motivate people to go vote for you.

    On the other hand the GOP and their tea-bagging cousins were able to effectively channel their racism and hatred to motivate their constituencies to vote and the results speak for themselves. While they weren't completely able to take over ala 1994, they did manage to gain control of the House which effectively ensures no meaningful legislation will pass for the next two years because Speaker Boehner will be too busy investigating Obama just like they did Clinton and Obama will be too busy trying to appease them.

    The Democrats could have won this one very easily had they used their opportunity wisely instead of spending it trying to forge compromises with members of an opposition party who are dead set on seeing Democrats lose power even if it means driving the entire country off of the side of a cliff.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 04:07:38 PM PST

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