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Lincoln was right: You can't fool all of the people all of the time. But you don't need to. All you need is a working majority, and one way to achieve that is to convince folks that your side is all about principle while the other side is all about air-headed opportunism. That, in essence, is the theme the right has used for 40 years to deregulate finance in ways that led straight to the 2008 meltdown.

But what if it turns out that the right doesn't actually believe in the free-market "principle" it peddles? What you'd have is a giant insult added to an egregious injury.

How to interpret the response of George Will that you see at 7:30 here as anything but conservative incoherence? Will has made a career attacking as "nanny-state" liberals people who want to use government to temper market outcomes. But he can't reconcile his free-market principles with his real-world preferences.

This is the sort of cognitive dissonance that produced the system which blew up in 2008 -- and which, despite everything, is running neck-and-neck with Obama. Does that say more about public gullibility, or about Obama?

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  •  Gullibility is part of why Millard is running (1+ / 0-)
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    skod

    a close race. But a far larger reason is racism and fear of "the other". Face it, since before his election in 2008 he was called "Kenyan". That was just a media-approved way to call him a "nigger". All the other labels, "secret Muslim" "Socialist dictator" and the like are just dog-whistles. When you see Romney supporters showing up at rallies wearing, "Put the white man in the Whitehouse" you know the real reason Millard is close isn't fiscal gullibility it's something far, far worse.

    Every time Romney and Republicans mention Benghazi it proves they are the sort of opportunists that would mine for gold in a graveyard.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 03:27:47 PM PDT

  •  I think is says a hell of a lot about public ... (0+ / 0-)

    ...gullibility. There are probably more than a few  of those well heeled  1% public people and their (followers) that have no clue why they drink the conservative koolaide  and beleive  in the free market principle without really know how it "operates".  They just like the wealth it supposedly produces.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 07:04:30 PM PDT

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