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  •  These are stupid games. (0+ / 0-)

    First, the "mandate" talk is something losers bitch about for a month and then the whole subject just goes away.

    Second, electoral votes don't mean a thing when evaluating mandates.

    The only way any of this stuff matters is to hilight GOP pundit hypocrisy. Really not worth going on about.

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:41:53 AM PST

    •  sez you (0+ / 0-)

      and maybe you're right.

      Then again, maybe not, because the chattering class can't wean themselves from the concept.

      But what's more important than any of that is what Obvama does, and what the GOP does.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:08:30 AM PST

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      •  QFT: (0+ / 0-)
        But what's more important than any of that is what Obvama does, and what the GOP does.
        Dead on.

        The paradox is that the chattering class is both insignificant and influential at the same time. They control what people fight about, they control what the everyday fools on the street say to interviewers, and then the rest of the country goes ahead and votes for who they vote for anyway. The real damage happens when the congress critters start quoting these fools verbatim, and the feedback loop that develops between the "Conservative entertainment complex" (thank you Mr. Frum) and the Bachmann's of the world, which leads a kind of tug of war where the rope is Mr. Boehner's spine. The people don't give a hoot if Obama has a mandate, but maybe there's a couple of Blue Dogs out there who will be swayed by how the concrete of conventional wisdom sets, and that has marginal impact on what policy gets passed. (Did I throw enough metaphors in there?).  

        You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

        by kenlac on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:13:52 AM PST

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