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Democrats can’t win for losing

Interesting piece by Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post. I don’t agree with all he says (and explaining why is not the point of this post). but a lot of what he says makes sense. A couple of things he said i REALLY agree with:

It’s one of the great fallacies in politics: Candidate Jones says X, Y and Z during the campaign. Candidate Jones wins the election. Ergo, the public agrees with X, Y and Z.

and:

Most voters – particularly the swing voters – aren’t as well-informed as they might be on major policy issues. What they do have are experiences and instincts and emotions that politicians play upon in order to win elections. Rarely, however, do the election results add up to a mandate. More often it’s nothing more than a temporary license to govern. 

Read the rest here: Democrats suffer from Americans’ unwillingness to accept economic reality

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