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  •  I didn't really believe it then . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies, Penny GC
    A decade ago, Howard Dean was unelectable because he supported civil unions
    I don't believe it now. How many people would have refrained from voting for Dean based solely on this? Who knows?
    I truly don't think social attitudes change this quickly. Those who have been raised not to care about orientation have become old enough to vote, which is making the difference, I think, and I'm glad for it. That isn't really a change of attitude, it's a change in the electorate.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:15:29 AM PDT

    •  attitudes haven't changed (2+ / 0-)
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      within individual people that much. what has happened is the swift current of birth and death, and an entire generation of highly networked young people who are used to the idea of social complexity.

      •  Right. It seems as though, (1+ / 0-)
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        though, that we are sometimes "reporting" it as if attitudes are changing. Or maybe I'm sensitized inaccurately . . .

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:39:04 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, most current research suggests (0+ / 0-)

        that about half the change really is due to shifts in attitudes (with shifts in demographics accounting for the other half). About 14% of the population used to oppose marriage equality and now supports it. Over that same period, overall support for marriage equality has grown by about 28 percentage points.

        Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

        by ebohlman on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 02:24:52 AM PDT

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    •  My understanding was (3+ / 0-)
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      that it was Bill Clinton who, at the time, considered Dean unelectable. I was a Dean supporter in 2003/4 and that lowered my opinion of Clinton. However, Howard Dean has been proven right so many times over the past decade I've lost count.

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