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  •  You don't get record voter turnout... (0+ / 0-)

    ...simply for having centrist tendencies and not being an attack dog.

    That might inspire political geeks like us, but we aren't what wins elections numbers-wise.

    HUGE numbers of people turned out to vote for Obama because they felt something very positive about him. It wasn't just people coming out to vote defensively. You don't get massive numbers that way. What it was, was people coming out specifically to vote FOR something. That's what energized them, and that's what pushed turnout over the top.

    Show me where there is anything hugely positive in the upcoming election to inspire people to come out and vote FOR something. At most right now, you've got the people who feel compelled to vote against Republican takeover of the House and/or Senate. And I'm not even sure how strong THAT is these days.

    Fear will only drive so many people to the polls. Genuine excitement over a candidate is what we had in 2008, and there's simply nothing like that happening this time.

    Plus, again, it's a midterm election. Expecting a big turnout for that is like expecting people to line up around the block at the local Barnes and Noble on the day that a new accounting book is released.

    •  People "felt something very positive" (0+ / 0-)

      This goes back to the term malaise and back to an earlier comment that what's wrong is what's between people's ears.

      •  People are just too stupid to be excited? (0+ / 0-)

        Brilliant. Spread the word. That'll get 'em all fired up and sprinting to the polls on Election Day.

        •  Nowhere in my comment (0+ / 0-)

          did I use the word stupid.

          •  Not the word, no. (0+ / 0-)

            The idea came across loud and clear, though.

            •  Your ability to infer (0+ / 0-)

              is lacking in that case.  I didn't say stupid, and let me clarify I didn't mean stupid.

              The problem is pessimism, and the source of that pessimism is between our ears. People on Dkos spend all day trying to convince me of how shitty everything is, and how everything is broken, and how we're all doomed, and how it's no wonder we're going to lose this year.

              I don't call that kind of pessimism stupid. If you want to do somethng about this pessimism, you have to get into your own head and fix it.

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