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LeftySansPancho
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01:44 PM on 03/07/2011
Nice article. I suggest we turn the anti-health-care rhetoric around on them and start referring to the "Republicans' job-killing budget."
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DustyMills
A liberal tree-hugging Oregonian...
02:27 PM on 03/07/2011
That may be the only thing that saves the democratic party next year.....nothing is so satisfying as beating the opposition at it's own game. Where the democrats consistently lose ground is the message war.....the last two years we have heard the republican/baggers build up their party with one incredible lie after the other, and who in the D party beats these lies back? Hardly a soul.....

Our politics have turned into dog eat dog, and the democrats/progressives don't have the stomach to fight fire with fire......we either play the game their way and win or accept the conservative plutocracy the republicans are trying to impose on us.

Every American who hates the direction the GOP is taking us, should be pounding their Congressional representatives to either fight back or stand aside.

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fugmo
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
03:13 PM on 03/07/2011
Won't happen. The Obama Admin will squash any attempts at that because it just wouldn't be nice.
01:33 PM on 03/07/2011
Fight the good fight. Keep fighting until the bitter end, if necessary. Or, until the uber rich loosens their pocket books and gives back to us working stiffs some of their ill gotten gains!
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01:30 PM on 03/07/2011
Your 2nd and 3rd reasons are more applicable to the Democrats than the Republicans. That's what doomed them in 2010. The only hope Democrats have is if the Republicans nominate a retread, establishment candidate who has personal baggage they can use with the MSM to divert attention from real issues and their own failed policies.
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independendy
micro-bios are people too, my friend.
02:07 PM on 03/07/2011
I disagree.

Voter apathy and low turnout lost the house.

Plus its normal for the minority opposition to take back congress.

The dems held the senate despite the teaparty and anti incumbant fad.

It should really be viewed as the dems holding ground.
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Daphydd
Lets play some music
03:36 PM on 03/07/2011
This was particularly true in Washington state, where Patty Murray defeated Dino Rossi in a very unfavorable year for Democrats.
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TuoulumneFlower
Keep Calm and Don't Blink
01:26 PM on 03/07/2011
You left out the fourth massive mistake: launching a war on women. In fact, launching a war aimed at rape victims and pregnant women.

You can't win elections by insulting and attacking half of the voters, and I think the GOP is poised to find that out, from now until past 2012...
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05:49 PM on 03/07/2011
The war is against anyone who's used PP, and that's not limited to rape victims and pregnant women (although I expect you're referencing also Huckabee's comment about Natalie Portman there): Men who're found to have testicular cancer, women who're found to have and are treated for reproductive-organ and breast cancers, children whose parents cannot access healthcare elsewhere, men and women who're contending with infertility.... In that the R3publicans are limiting access to available, expeditious, and affordable care for even one person who needs medical attention for such reasons, their war is waged against everyone who's needed such treatment and, only through luckier circumstances, has had an alternative to treating at PP.
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TuoulumneFlower
Keep Calm and Don't Blink
10:06 AM on 03/08/2011
You're exactly right. But that's not all they're doing. They are trying to redefine rape, they talk about rape victims turning "lemons into lemonade," they are trying to make having a miscarriage into a possible crime, some have suggested making it legal to kill anyone having or providing an abortion, and they are doing their best to make getting safe, legal abortions impossible.

Frankly, they're not just sadistic, they're stupid.
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Michael Rappaport
tired of the con game called "free markets."
01:20 PM on 03/07/2011
In the end, the right wing always overreaches, and it is only when the rest of us fail to stand up to them and say "no way" that the country suffers. Of course, it is far too often that we do stand up to them; we compromise with the radical right far too often.
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essbird
IOKIYANO
01:13 PM on 03/07/2011
Here's the problem: The Republicans have set up a situation in which it's very difficult for their opponents, may I say enemies, to prevail. They have, over thirty years, passed tax cuts without cutting the services they paid for. While some may see this as cowardice or stupidity, I think it was ingenious. They starved the beast, including borrowing against pensions and Social Security, and passing the unfunded Medicare Part D, ensuring that even if Democrats were in charge (better if they were), revenues would not be adequate and sooner or later (now) they could say that government was broke and needed to be reined in. They made taxing to fully find government a third rail. They made it so those who most enjoy the benefits of the US government and have the most ability to pay for it, are paying for it at historically low levels.

They win.

There is no way out of this but to raise taxes to pre-1980 levels, and to do so progressively.
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maserati2
Finally an honest politician! ELIZABETH WARREN!
03:50 PM on 03/07/2011
100% on the mark. Fanned again.

In addition to repairing the tax structure, the Dems have to show some integrity by taking the debit card away from the oil industry and our War Machine, and start actively prosecuting the mob responsible for the banking fiasco, including guilty Democrats as well as Repugs. Are Dems a better choice? Only when we are willing to prove it.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
01:08 PM on 03/07/2011
I do hope they reap what they sow. Blinded by their own light, they need to see beyond themselves before anyone will take them seriously in '12.
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Rockwell
Recovering Reagan republican. 26 years sober.
01:05 PM on 03/07/2011
Here's the problem. Even when voters start to realize the republican's are full of it, who are they going to turn to for leadership? Democrats? Obama? Between Obama and the Blue Dogs, democrats have shown no stomach for standing against the republican agenda. Heck, Obama usually shows up at the negotiations with a gift basket for the GOP.

Right now it feels like Harry Reid is the only wall between us and the republican's evil agenda. While Obama sits on the fence trying to decide which way to jump.
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maximus5757
01:05 PM on 03/07/2011
Creamer the Dreamer is wrong again as always. Why would the Republicans listen to a far left liberal progressive on how to win elections in 2012? The Wisconsin Government workers unions vs the Governor is one that any sane taxpayer would not side with the union bosses. The Governor is right to keep the union bosses from running the states employees. The scheme of the State collecting union dues from its members and turning the money($Millions$) over to the union bosses to spend on campaigns of Government officials that will sit down with the union bosses and negotiate union contract is not a good deal for taxpayers. Scott Walker must end this corrupt way of doing business with unions using taxpayer money.
As far as Obamacare the January 2011 polls show that CNN 50% for repeal of Obamacare and 42% oppose, Gallup- 46% for repeal of Obamacare and 40% oppose and Rasmussen- 55% for repeal of Obamacare and 40% oppose. The polls for February 2011 are even better- Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows 58% for repeal of Obamacare and 37% are opposed. Maybe Creamer should try writting fiction, he is after all off to a good start.
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Sarah Trickey
love, luck and lollipops. Narf!
12:55 PM on 03/07/2011
Good article - sums it up nicely. However, I must say that I am continuously shocked and dismayed at how many people vote against their best interest every cycle. I sincerely hope this next cycle proves mass intelligence and critical thinking abilities. Here's to the temerity of hope, audacity of change, and serenity of wisdom.
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essbird
IOKIYANO
01:19 PM on 03/07/2011
They hold voters in thrall through fear, with guns and religion, neither of which they ever actually do anything about, while they go about transferring wealth.
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01:33 PM on 03/07/2011
I'm shocked that people have the audacity to think they know what's best for everybody.
12:46 PM on 03/07/2011
So, the teaparty caucus will cause the country's demise; I thought so and this article makes it perfectly clear.
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ydrittmann
Vitter patronizes women.
12:46 PM on 03/07/2011
Progressives need to stop making plans based on an educated populace and learn to play in the real world.
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essbird
IOKIYANO
01:23 PM on 03/07/2011
Meaning what? We need to get down in the muck and try to beat them at their propaganda game? Besides getting muck all over ourselves, do you honestly think people on the left smart enough to understand what's really going on will approve of the propaganda techniques of Fox and Rush? And what media outlets are available for left-wing propaganda?

Without your ideas about how this would play out, it's a meaningless platitude.
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independendy
micro-bios are people too, my friend.
01:47 PM on 03/07/2011
No, it means that you have to respect that the under educated are easily manipulated.

In order to win their support for a more progressive future you have to know the difference between cognitive reasoning and winning the hearts and minds of those who view your intentions with suspicion.

Condescention doesn't serve a progressive agenda well.
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dweav
01:53 PM on 03/07/2011
How about just having our president simply state the facts and figures in the last 30 years since Reagan. No muck, just the facts.
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rtaylor1974
Obama=Austerity at Home..War Abroad
01:26 PM on 03/07/2011
wow such an inspiring thought. Maybe we can make up some phoney wars or people to hate so we can push the correct issue. Maybve even develop a spin News network to help sway some of the folks that actually think...... Wow I never even thought of this as an option.
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Var Enyo
Leading a troll to knowledge cannot make him think
01:35 PM on 03/07/2011
Sadly, he may have a point. One poll I saw had only 25% of the public even knowing who Boehner was or that the republicans had taken the house. And even more sadly, the fake news and wars worked. I am guessing that a huge percentage of the public still wants to believe there were WMDs or that we were freeing the Iraqis. Apathy and Ignorance have run amok.
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independendy
micro-bios are people too, my friend.
01:50 PM on 03/07/2011
Making up phony wars is not the point.

Talking down tothose who are not acustommed to cutting edge progress defeats any attempt of gaining support.
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workingliberal
since 1984
12:45 PM on 03/07/2011
This is why the republican state legislators are passing voter ID laws, to keep as many Democratic voters from voting in the next election....all in the name of the non-exostant problem of "voter fraud".

Funny, as how most "voter fraud" cases from the last election were against righties.
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01:42 PM on 03/07/2011
How do those laws stop Democrats from voting? Do Democrats not have I.D.? So you don't think there would be any fraud if all you had to do was walk up, say hi and vote? What if the evil corporations paid thousands of people to drive around and vote in different precincts?
thevamprn
Truth Smells Better Than BS
03:14 PM on 03/07/2011
Ha Ha Ha. That's good! They never think about the shoe being on the other foot.
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Daphydd
Lets play some music
03:41 PM on 03/07/2011
The "papers please" law in Arizona is designed, in part, to intimidate legal US Latino citizens from voting, yes.
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maserati2
Finally an honest politician! ELIZABETH WARREN!
04:06 PM on 03/07/2011
A call for everyone able to volunteer. Monitoring voting booths and practices takes on a whole new importance.
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Jennifer Mead
Girls dig unix
12:43 PM on 03/07/2011
Agree with most of this article except the fact that American voters are a pretty smart group. If they were we wouldn't be in the mess in the first place. I do think that the Republicans are over stepping their bounds but I don't believe that they themselves believe their own talking points. I believe that they want to stuff it down everyone's throats while they hold temporary power. Hope they don't, but if they do, they will be voted out and things will return to normal.
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Schaef
12:38 PM on 03/07/2011
This:
"That's why the Republicans are crusading so hard to prevent the Affordable Health Care Act from being implemented. Once it's in force, millions of stakeholders will form a political army that will prevent it from ever being repealed."

directly contradicts this:
"Republicans forgot the fundamental truth that it is much more difficult to take something away from people that they already have, than to prevent them from getting something for which they aspire."

If they had forgotten that, they would not have focused their energies on changing the law before it was passed, or on trying to forestall its implementation now. That perfectly describes an understanding that now is the time to fix this, before it becomes entrenched.
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01:43 PM on 03/07/2011
Correct.