CHART OF THE DAY – Heavens to Murgatroyd…

…and Great Caesar’s Ghost!

Better hope we peaked too soon, O-crats!

(O-bot: Too bad you guys peaked too soon...)

Conservative Enthusiasm Surging Compared to Previous Midterms –

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  1. @ CK MacLeod:

    BO definitely provided the appropriate slogan – “Yes we can!”

    But it did take Glenn Beck et al to publicize the issues and kindle the fire. When even John McCain has recognized the necessity of talking more like a conservative than he usually has even in election years you know the political frying pan is getting hot.

  2. @ narciso:
    Great Googly Moogly! A chart that indeed is. Trust the Army.

    Love the quote in the title to that article, too – gonna put it in RecBrow.

  3. @ narciso:

    That chart says it all about a lot of things, a very lot of things. Western Civilization is indeed doomed. It may be time to check around and identify the nearest Imam who certifies conversions.

  4. You need to put that on the wall, CK and add a dose of Dramamine. The way I read it the insurgents are closer to the population than either the Afghan forces or the coalition, that’s not good

  5. The gap is going to get bigger. That’s because Obama and the Dems have just begun to fight. Amnesty for illegals, Cap & Tax and Financial Bail-Out Reform with its checkbook tax ensure the gap will grow larger.

    Then we will see Iran gain the bomb and all the denials and blaming Bush won’t stop ‘the buck’ from landing squarely on Obama’s desk. He and the dems are going to be judged as incompetent on foreign policy as well as the domestic scene.

    Plus, the Dems have lost the independents which will increase the gap even further. In 6 months we are going to witness the first stage unfold, in the greatest political reversal in history.

  6. The problem is unemployment is going up, specially with the turmoil that we see in Europe, and none of Obama’s plans listed above will
    solve them, but they have to do less clueless things like they did
    last night

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TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably. They say that Joe Biden should "run because [his] populist image fits the Democrats’ most successful political strategy of the past generation" (David Leonhardt, New York Times), and though Biden "would be far from an ideal president," he "looks most like the person who could beat Trump" (David Ignatius, Washington Post). Likewise, the same elite pundit class is working overtime to torpedo left-Democratic candidates like Sanders.

For someone who was not acquainted with Piketty's paper, the argument for a centrist Democrat might sound compelling. If the country has tilted to the right, should we elect a candidate closer to the middle than the fringe? If the electorate resembles a left-to-right line, and each voter has a bracketed range of acceptability in which they vote, this would make perfect sense. The only problem is that it doesn't work like that, as Piketty shows.

The reason is that nominating centrist Democrats who don't speak to class issues will result in a great swathe of voters simply not voting. Conversely, right-wing candidates who speak to class issues, but who do so by harnessing a false consciousness — i.e. blaming immigrants and minorities for capitalism's ills, rather than capitalists — will win those same voters who would have voted for a more class-conscious left candidate. Piketty calls this a "bifurcated" voting situation, meaning many voters will connect either with far-right xenophobic nationalists or left-egalitarian internationalists, but perhaps nothing in-between.

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Understanding Trump’s charisma offers important clues to understanding the problems that the Democrats need to address. Most important, the Democratic candidate must convey a sense that he or she will fulfil the promise of 2008: not piecemeal reform but a genuine, full-scale change in America’s way of thinking. It’s also crucial to recognise that, like Britain, America is at a turning point and must go in one direction or another. Finally, the candidate must speak to Americans’ sense of self-respect linked to social justice and inclusion. While Weber’s analysis of charisma arose from the German situation, it has special relevance to the United States of America, the first mass democracy, whose Constitution invented the institution of the presidency as a recognition of the indispensable role that unique individuals play in history.

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[E]ven Fox didn’t tout Bartiromo’s big scoops on Trump’s legislative agenda, because 10 months into the Trump presidency, nobody is so foolish as to believe that him saying, “We’re doing a big infrastructure bill,” means that the Trump administration is, in fact, doing a big infrastructure bill. The president just mouths off at turns ignorantly and dishonestly, and nobody pays much attention to it unless he says something unusually inflammatory.On some level, it’s a little bit funny. On another level, Puerto Rico is still languishing in the dark without power (and in many cases without safe drinking water) with no end in sight. Trump is less popular at this point in his administration than any previous president despite a generally benign economic climate, and shows no sign of changing course. Perhaps it will all work out for the best, and someday we’ll look back and chuckle about the time when we had a president who didn’t know anything about anything that was happening and could never be counted on to make coherent, factual statements on any subject. But traditionally, we haven’t elected presidents like that — for what have always seemed like pretty good reasons — and the risks of compounding disaster are still very much out there.

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