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So which is it: Republicans are doomed by demographics and their own batshit insanity and overt racism? Or Democrats are doomed by the possibility of losing the Senate in 2014 and having virtually no chance of winning the House until after the next redistricting, if we are lucky?
So even if Hillary waltzes to the White House in 2016 she would face unending obstruction from a wingnut-dominated Congress. We are seeing how well that is working now for the liberal agenda. And how likely is it that Hillary will actually be coronated? We know it won't really be that easy in our post Citizen's United world for her to be elected... President Paul isn't really all that unthinkable.
These seem to be the warring bits of conventional liberal wisdom of the moment, pitting our hopes against our fears as Obama struggles to defend his one major achievement, health care reform, which in the final analysis was really just a half-measure. A likely explanation is that near-term Republicans have some advantages, but long-term Dems do. Maybe this is true, but if so, it's not terribly encouraging because the pressing issues of our time can't wait a decade to be addressed.
Surely most of us who read Daily Kos would agree as to which those issues are: Climate Change and Income Inequality. Yes? What other issue comes within a light year to either of those?
If neither of these overriding problems are addressed in the next decade, what chance will progressives have to advance any other plank in our "platform"? Because a warming world and increasing inequality will trump everything else and make progress all but impossible.