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  •  And while it's impossible to predict the next 4 (42+ / 0-)

    years, at the rate things are going the Republican Party is not coming back to sanity soon enough to escape more pain in 2016, even if they make incremental gains in 2014.

    I'm surprised mdmselle didn't post the most relevant quote about this dairy, a quote from Obama himself. Obama called Reagan a "transformational" president, in a way that Clinton was not. This is true. Clinton and the Bushes have certainly altered the landscape of the possible for a while, but they didn't get a bunch of union guys to start voting against union rights.

    Obama didn't intend to do it, but he is driving Republicans mad.  Their collective psyche has been fracturing since before the 2008 election because he represents the very antithesis of their identity. He succeeded.  

    Republican officials and their criminal financial base do not believe in the actual rags to riches story in America. That's a cover story. They believe in power. They believe in dynasties and wealth consolidation and monopolies and crushing the weak when the weak are in the way.

    http://www.nybooks.com/...

    We know this for two reasons. The first is that Obama is the rags to riches story, and they've tried to vilify him for it.  The second is that they hate it because Obama, like the vast majority of us who've enjoyed social mobility, enjoyed it because of public investment in safety, transportation, (beyond a few highways) primary, secondary and higher education, health and nutrition, science, including space, and the cultural wealth that ethnic and sexual diversity provide as a backdrop for mental development.

    It doesn't matter that Obama isn't Eugene Debs in terms of a left-right scale. Obama isn't as marginal as Debs, as much as Republicans try to make him be.  Obama is so fundamentally normal in the new America, our new collective identity; he is a greater threat to the Republican narrative, in a way that Bernie Sanders is not and would not be.

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    by Nulwee on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 09:48:59 AM PST

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    •  You put it well (4+ / 0-)
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      And in a way that speaks to the offense I have taken to being perceived as a mere "cheerleader" to the president. This diarist points out well the gruelingly long narratives of real change and I've been tuned to the long term potential of this president from the get-go and so I took great offense at the short-sighted among us who undermined him with their Righteous Indignation. I think he IS as liberal as Bernie Sanders or anyone here but he's smart enough to know what prudence it takes to bend the arc of history; smart enough to know that Debs, though noble, changed very little from his prison cell. The whole country must turn, as excruciating as that may be, and Obama has never wavered in bringing us about, despite the reckless attempts by "progressives" to scuttle the ship.

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