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  •  Lots of People Who Voted "Hope & Change" 2008 (7+ / 0-)

    were disillusioned by Obama's lack of strong, clear leadership and his constant striving for bi-partisanship with the people who got us into this mess in the first place...  

    Lack of leadership by Dems from 2008 on led to the Tea Party revolution of 2010. The Tea Party expressed a lot of the frustration many white working and lower middle class voters felt with the screwing they were getting from the bankers and tyhe economy in general... Fox News helped with the obfuscation and brainwashing that led people to vote against their own interests.

    Two years on, the Dems have been able to regain some of the lost ground and will continue to do so as long as they avoid shooting themselves in both feet by bending over to meet Rethug demands to balance the budget via SS and Medicare cuts.

    Dems need to start to stand up and speak out in simple and clear terms that tell ALL the voters, regardless of color or religion, the truth about the corporate hijacking of our democratic republic.

    People are looking for real leaders, not wonk-speaking shape shifters who change position with every little breeze. You would be surprised how many people who may have been voting TP Republican are less than satisfied with the clowns they have representing them, but don't see much leadership from the D side either. FISA and personal liberties are a HUGE issue with a lot of white voters.. along with everyone else.

    Just my two cents...

    “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    by miguelmas1 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:29:01 PM PST

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    •  I'm not so sure (5+ / 0-)

      Given how right-wing the tea party is, I find it very hard to believe anyone supporting it would ever vote for any Democrat, no matter how bold hir leadership.

      It is also important to remember that people love to say they want leaders who will make tough choices, but they nearly always punish those who do. Ask Walter Mondale.

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:55:57 PM PST

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    •  And Mandated "health insurance" (1+ / 0-)
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      instead of some sort of single payer, or voucher system.  

      That one law (white working class being forced to buy private corporate health insurance) probably accounted for most of the voting differences between 2008 and 2012.  It re-enforced the Rep. meme that Dems pass laws that reduce personal choices in life.  

      Addressing those concerns, and a Hillary candidacy, may go a long way in bringing those disaffected whites back.

    •  Tea Party emerged in 2009 right after the (1+ / 0-)
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      inauguration. I remember first hearing about the Teabaggers in Feb and March of 2009. It was, at first, about sour graps and sore losers backed by big corporate money and right wing big wigs like Dick Armey.

      The Tea Party was and always will be the far right. Do not believe people who say they were independent and now teabaggers or liberals and now tea baggers as that is not true.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 11:47:20 AM PST

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      •  There are the hard core TP wing nuts (0+ / 0-)

        and then there are people who listen with half an ear and brain think the TP rhetoric makes some kind of sense...

        “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

        by miguelmas1 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:25:57 PM PST

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