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  •  No action on climate change. (0+ / 0-)

    Obama chose to make health care the top agenda item and wait on climate change. That had consequences.

    But really, you have to blame the Senate and its 60 vote rule. Most young people understood that Obama wasn't going to magically make everything happen for them because he often told people that. Don't be so condescending about them believing "the hype." Most young voters today are smarter than those who think electing any President can solve their problems when he uses the magical bully pulpit.
    Youth turnout was even lower in 2010 because Congress gave young people nothing to vote for. The entire party suffered for the sake of half a dozen conservative Senate Democrats.

    •  he changed CAFTA.... (1+ / 0-)
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      and EPA is touher on air quality than any time in 40 years.  You don't live in a dirty enough place if you can't see the difference.  It isn't enough but it isn't nothing.

      WV won't vote because they have trouble seeing a future for the state.  Lowest voting turnout in 2012 and one of the oldest populations in the country.  

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Sat May 11, 2013 at 10:38:35 AM PDT

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      •  we didn't vote for crumbs . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        McCain and Romney would have left crumbs, too.

        We voted for "CHANGE".

        Unfortunately there has been, where it matters, either no change or change for the worse.  How many "progressives" here (young or old) voted for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer?

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Sat May 11, 2013 at 10:48:39 AM PDT

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        •  Then get a magic wand or fairy dust. Government (0+ / 0-)

          doen't work like that nor was it intended to.

          This in a democratic republic. You have to vote in every election from local primaries to Presidential elections.

          You never know when the guy or gal running for local dog catcher will one day run for Senator or even President.

          I always keep that in mind when voting in city and state elections.

          It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

          by auapplemac on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:13:19 AM PDT

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      •  Even EPA rules (0+ / 0-)

        are stalled. Five years in and we don't have final regulation of CO2, mountaintop removal enforcement is stalled, CSPR stalled, along with several other EPA regulations related to coal. Obama went very slowly, so he didn't have a strong argument to make about air quality in '12.

        Plus, the campaign was so worried about losing coal country voters in VA and southern OH that they mostly kept quit about a top issue for young people. Maybe that's the big takeaway here. The campaign chose to sacrifice appealing to young people because talking about coal might have alienated a smaller swing state constituency.

        He did a lot with fuel mileage and stimulus investments in clean energy and efficiency. Most people don't hear about that though. The corporate press ignores climate change, and the left blogosphere mostly can't bring itself to acknowledge anything good Obama does.

        •  a LOT of epa (1+ / 0-)
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          regulations were put forth against the winds of change.

          obama is way underappreciated in terms of presidency and progressiveness.

          He is NOT the ideal president and he should have done some things better. At the same time, he is blamed way too much for a lot of things.

          Where were we MAKING democrats do it? Imagine if occupy wall street was around during wall street reform?

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