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  •  Red Sky At Night, Sailor's Delight (6+ / 0-)

    It's a talking point. It also happens to be generally true.

    The reason so many voices on the Democratic side are former Republicans is that the Democrats are now a 2nd conservative party, the Compassionate Conservative party. Some of these new Democratic voice are philosophically compassionate conservatives like much of party leadership who oppose the pre Reagan policies that built the US from busted in Depression to global superpower with a huge middle class. They find those policies too liberal.

    Liberals were crushed, massacred politically over the past 40 years and there simply aren't many of them to be voices.

    Where would you find employment as a liberal commenter? Where would you find a place in elected leadership as a liberal? There are some, but not a majority, not for years.

    So yes the new voices on the nonrightwing are preferentially going to be one time Republicans because those are many of the figures who would've had any career path to work their way up.

    The voters just spoke on Obama's effectiveness. 92% of them think his tax cuts were hikes. In politics that is nobody's "failure" but his and the Democrats' generally.

    Leading a democracy is only partly accomplishment, it's also motivating. If there are problems the other party causes, and we don't have the votes to solve them, the sole solution is to work to get more votes. But while the Democrats told us for 2 years we didn't quite have the votes, they also said you know the majority loses in midterms but we hope we can hang onto one chamber.

    That's their failure. How much is Obama's is debatable but this is a party that refused even to compete on its own behalf.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:06:48 PM PST

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