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  •  Pin the tail (1+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz

    "Radical is the label to pin to a party that loses an election and then demands the implementation of their agenda..."

    Feh. This only works if you cast Obama's reelection as a poll on the ACA (in which case half the country was against it) and at the same time deny that the return of the House to Republican control had anything to do with ACA. The thesis needs work.

    •  It's not about Obamacare, but about extortion (4+ / 0-)

      and blackmail. That's what's radical.

    •  1/2 those opposed to ACA wanted MORE liberalism (0+ / 0-)
      This only works if you cast Obama's reelection as a poll on the ACA (in which case half the country was against it) and at the same time deny that the return of the House to Republican control had anything to do with ACA. The thesis needs work.
      The post-2010-census state legislative Rs gerrymandered lots of seats.  It's pretty easy to understand/explain.

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:55:21 PM PDT

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      •  Half the country (0+ / 0-)

        wanted more liberalism, and therefore they voted against Obama?

        •  1/2 those opposed to ACA wanted MORE liberalism (0+ / 0-)

          About 1/2 of the country liked ACA and half opposed it. About 1/2 of the half that opposed it wanted single-payer,  public option, and/or other "liberal" changes/improvements.  That means about 3/4 of the country either liked ACA as passed or wanted it even stronger.  That's not good news for conservatives.  

          I'd note that our so-called news media did an outstanding job of hiding this info.  They'd breathlessly report that half the country opposed ACA without ever mentioning that half of those wanted it stronger.

          That the 1/4 who opposed it completely is able to retain the House even after losing by over a million Congressional votes nationwide is due in no small part to conservative-controlled redistricting (and, I'd suggest, a lack of pro-Dem partisan redistricting in California, where it's now done by a bipartisan commission or some such more-neutral method).

          "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

          by bartcopfan on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 04:24:11 PM PDT

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