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  •  . . . Then don't react to the leak (0+ / 0-)

    If the purpose of the leak is to diffuse the response, don't react to the leak. Don't talk about it. Don't feed the official trolls, as it were. Keep your powder dry, and come out firing when there is a real announcement.

    The target of "trial balloons" is not us, not the base, but the "Village." Both sides believe that their base is largely captive ("What are you going to do, vote Nader again?"), so they can proceed to do what they believe is best for us without listening to us. "Best" is what's best for the aggregated capital, of course, which is finance.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:48:22 AM PDT

    •  He's not just desensitizing the base. I focus on (3+ / 0-)
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      that because that's where most of the resistance lies.  Haven't heard too much concern about Summers from the Repubs, which by itself might tell you something about Obama and Summers.

      Oh, and btw, I didn't vote for Nader and neither did many progressives.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:58:59 AM PDT

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      •  Neither did many progressives? (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, no. Don't use special pleading, please.

        "Real progressives didn't vote Nader" is specious. My point was that Clinton 2, like Obama 1 and Obama 1.5, have treated their base as captive. They have given us the choice of "lump it or lump it." We get the choice of complaining pointlessly or complaining, but not doing anything about it.

        The fact that you dismiss third party runs makes your remarks part of the cage. Nader was a failure, or worse, but candidacies like his or Perot's always send a message that the two parties always misread. (Well, they read it accurately: "Our base wants us to move back to populism. Our contributors do not." Their decision has been, every time, "The lesson is that we need to crack down on the primary level to stop the base from expressing populism.")

        The poison in the well is capitalism controling the republic. The cure isn't therefore gentle reminders of principle.

        Everyone's innocent of some crime.

        by The Geogre on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:27:40 PM PDT

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