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  •  demography shift + Obama = lasting leftward movt. (4+ / 0-)

    Every honest communication poses a risk that we will hear something that could challenge or change us. -- Kenneth Cloke

    by GreenMtnState on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:15:07 AM PST

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    •  I think something like Obama had to happen (1+ / 0-)
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      The demographic shifts forced it.

      Nothing against the man, but he's just a man.

      •  Ah, but he does have Charisma (6+ / 0-)

        That undefinable thing. And you HAVE to have it to garner electoral votes like he and Clinton have.

        Al Gore and John Kerry? Nice guys, sure. And they both came within a sliver of winning. But to get over that hump in a non-ambiguous way you need to be someone who people naturally gravitate towards.

        Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

        by Jank2112 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:19:52 AM PST

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        •  You have to know HOW to make (0+ / 0-)

          things happen, to run a campaign, to hire the right people, to plan and delegate.

          Then you need to know HOW to get your legislation passed. You have to know when the right thing (big enough stimulus) would have killed off the possibility of any thing.

          You have to know when to push — and when to pull.

          You say charisma.  I say it certainly helps but it is why a person has it that matters. Sarah Palin has charisma. She lost.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:35:37 AM PST

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      •  The demographics matter (3+ / 0-)
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        but President Obama accelerated the change.

        That couldn't have been done by just anybody.
        And the grassroots operation (of which I am proud to be part of) is just awesome

        Barack Obama for President '12

        by v2aggie2 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:08:23 PM PST

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