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  •  What KOS views as weakness is in fact strenght... (0+ / 0-)

    If you look at the lasting Democratic legislative accomplishments of the last 80 years, in virtually every instance they were the products of compromise and for the most part had at least some GOP support.  Social Security, Medicare, the Civil Rights Acts.  

    Yes, and NONE of these accomplishments could have been made without moderate/conservative Democrats.  Gore was a DLCer and so was Clinton.  Both wings of the party have their role to play.

    GOP rigidity is the product of both their ideology - which is reactive and backwards-looking - as well as the unstable nature of their electoral coalitions, with their uneasy alliance between Corporate America, small government/libertarians and social cons.

    The implicit (and sometimes explicit) envy of leftist websites like DKOS for the way the righties do things continues to amaze and dishearten me.  

    Yes, Mussolini made the trains run on time.  But what legacy did he leave?  

    And for that matter, what legacy did Reagan leave other than a reputation for great P.R.?  If Carter did nothing else, he helped make peace between Israel and Egypt, which puts him head and shoulders above Dutch all by itself.

    The GOP power is a negative one - to keep things from happening, to slow progress.  The Democratic power, at its best, is creative, messy and moves the ball forward a few yards.  

    We only go off track when we follow tangents like the one KOS always seems to advocate - a self-defeating and self-limiting ideological jihad against anyone to his right, including and especially other Dems.

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