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    I was speaking of those like Frank Rich who wrote this:

    In the true Clinton manner, both are also chameleons, ready to don new guises in a flash—from Mr. Gore's down-home wardrobe to Mr. Bush's last-minute emergence as a champion of campaign finance reform, patients' rights and clean air. The substantive disputes between the men are, in truth, minimal in a prosperous post-cold-war era when both parties aspire to Rockefeller Republicanism (literally so in that each standard-bearer is the prince of a brand-name American dynasty).

    Fortunately, with the proliferation of the intertubes, people today don't take their cues as much from opinionmakers and pundits.  I hope they'll make more informed judgments next year.  

    "I used to try to get things done by saying `please'. That didn't work and now I'm a dynamiter. I dynamite `em out of my path." - Huey Long

    by puakev on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:04:14 AM PDT

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      it was a very different cultural/political context. One of the collateral effects of peace and prosperity is that most people don't give a damn about larger issues. I'm not defending the mindset -- I was as hard on Nader voters and the apathetic as anyone you'll ever find -- but just pointing out the dramatic differences in the perception of what was at stake in the election, vs. what we now know the Bush presidency turned into.

      Families is where a nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

      by cardinal on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:35:01 AM PDT

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    •  puakev, Joe Libermann on the ticket was perhaps a (0+ / 0-)

      bit to far right for Frank Rich?  Sorry, I admire Rich for telling the truth as he sees it, good, bad or ugly.

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