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  •  That could be a (D) death knell. (4+ / 0-)

    Say the taxes expire and aren't passed again.  You can say that it's the (R)s fault, and should, and the (R)s will say it's the (D)s fault.

    The only relevant question at that juncture is who the US public will blame.  (not who they should blame, but who they will blame)

    •  There's always that possibility, I suppose. But (3+ / 0-)

      being against something is always, to me anyway, a secondary, less powerful argument.  It always begs (I think that's the right usage in this case) the question of "Why am I against such and such?"  

      The direct argument leaves little or no room for interpretation.  You are either a beneficiary, or you're not.  The R counter-argument of tax cuts for the rich benefit us all eventually (trickle down) becomes an increasingly distant one.

      "Dega dega dega dega. Break up the concrete..." The Pretenders

      by Terra Mystica on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 07:04:14 AM PST

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      •  I could see it going either way. (1+ / 0-)
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        Even if the (D)s frame it perfectly, I could see it going either way.  We can like it or not, but (a) the popular mythology is that we're the party of tax hikes; (b) Obama promised not to raise taxes on middle and lower classes; and (c) only 20% want taxes to go up across the board.

        Those three things strongly cut against our favor.

        What's baffling is that there isn't polling out there on whether people would prefer tax cuts for everyone or tax hikes for everyone.

    •  Also, that's an argument I'd like to have, (3+ / 0-)
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      personally, as a person on the street spreading the word.

      But yes, if Dems argue tepidly the way they have over the last 20 years, your scenario is a 50-50 one.  My assumption and contention is that this issue is so singular and crystal clear that they would have to really consciously try to screw it up.

      The second assumption is that they would not actually try to screw it up.  But then, I'm not so sure about that anymore.

      "Dega dega dega dega. Break up the concrete..." The Pretenders

      by Terra Mystica on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 07:16:00 AM PST

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