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  •  Great link and wonderful analysis of the data (5+ / 0-)
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    at hand. Damn, it looks like we really are guessing if this issue is going to be important in 2014. The final sentence from 538 says a lot though.

    For Democrats to have much of a chance to win back the House — bucking the historical trend of the president’s party faring poorly in midterm years — the Republican Party will first and foremost have to be perceived as out-of-touch on the economy.

    I made a similar claim in one of Kos' diary about the gun debate. I think we're putting too much hope on it as a winning ticket. I think it can help steer us towards a win, but it won't be enough by itself. Jobs will beat guns.

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:36:00 AM PDT

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    •  But it may be enough to draw people to the polls. (0+ / 0-)

      I think Gabby Giffords op-ed really got to some people.

      •  Yes, but by itself I don't think it will be enough (2+ / 0-)
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        to win big. And we need a big win in 2014. Let's put it another way, do we think that driving people to the polls will matter if they don't feel the need to vote for Democrats? We could end up driving more Republicans to vote than Democrats unless we also get issues like jobs (and stop talking about effing austerity) in the minds of the voters.

        Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:54:47 AM PDT

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    •  The issue isn't JUST gun control, it's also (0+ / 0-)

      how we're being REPRESENTED, or NOT represented, as the case may be.

      On almost every issue, we can paint those who are in effect REPRESENTING the corporations, at the expense of the voters and citizens - and THIS IS THE LARGER ISSUE.

      Senators were not elected to represent corporations or lobbyists, and this should be pointed out at every turn, whether on gun control, or pharmaceuticals, or oil subsidies, or tax fairness, you name it...

      "Gun violence places a tremendous burden on America's health care system. Direct medical costs for gunshot wounds total more than six million dollars a day." - The Violence Policy Center

      by Beastly Fool on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:06:15 AM PDT

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