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  •  Is there any example of a failed legislative... (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, moonpal, burlydee, TheLizardKing

    ... battle rebounding to the benefit of the party that pushed it?

    We absolutely need comprehensive immigration reform, and you may certainly feel that this - not health care, not cap and trade - should have been the main reform battle of the first two years.

    My only question is this: Kos, you write that it probably would have failed and would probably still fail, but that it will "show" Latinos who's fighting for them and help Democrats at the expense of Republicans. When has this ever happened? The experience of the last two years - and from previous years - is that when a major legislative initiative fails, it's pretty much a disaster for the party that pushed it: the opposition gets riled up, while the base is demoralized and angry that the effort failed rather than supportive that their party "tried".

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