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  •  I think villains help (13+ / 0-)

    Whoever is running against Michele Bachmann in a given year is a testament to that.

    It isn't always necessary, though. People like Elizabeth Warren for Elizabeth Warren. Same with Russ Feingold, Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, etc.

    But you absolutely need either a hero or a villain to get traction. If you lack both, you won't generate much interest or activism in the campaign.

    •  Interesting. So, if a candidate is an authentic (1+ / 0-)
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      progressive, they garner support simply for themselves. All the people you mentioned who like the candidate for themselves - a positive force - are fairly indisputably progressive / liberal / take the working folks' side of things.

      But a compromise candidate, or one who has middle-ground positions (or some left, some center, etc), may need a villain to solidify support.  [I'm starting to wonder how bad some of the villains are in some of the cases, after seeing what some of the compromise candidates propose later....]

      Or at least that's the extrapolation I drew from your response. ;-)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:42:56 PM PDT

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