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Fareed Zakaria applies the wrong medicine to an accurate diagnosis:


Yes, yes, let’s all start identifying with the hostage takers. 

More on this later. 

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  1. Bill Clinton was the first president since FDR to win re-election to a second term. The 22nd amendment which limited presidents to two terms was passed by Congress in 1947, when Truman was completing FDR’s last term, and ratified in 1951.

    So of course, let’s label moderate Democrats who win elections corporatists.

    Between Truman, who was elected in 1948, the Democrats who won the White House were Kennedy, Johnson and Carter.

    The Democratic nominees who lost in the general election between 1948 and 1992 were Stevenson (1952 and 1956), Humphrey, McGovern, Carter (who was not re-elected), Mondale and Dukakis.

    Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign had the advantage of a weak economy after 12 years of Republican ascendency in the WH. Prior to his election, I read analytical articles in the Atlantic as to why Democrats could not win the WH and the WH might become a consistently Repugnant office.

    The years from 1968 to the ending of the Vietnam War were ones of upheaval and the election of Nixon began a retrenchment. Carter was elected in 1976 as an antidote to the dirty politics of Watergate.

    And far left progressivism has failed since Carter.

    It’s become impossible to move too much to the left as socialism is still a dirty word in this country.

    Obama’s election in 2008 had much to do with electing an African-American man to the office, and the failures of W.

    Democrats need to show that working people who are struggling will not be overly taxed and will benefit from the taxes they do pay.

    I truly believe that Hillary was fighting too many battles:

    Bernie pulled her too far left for the average voter
    Bernie’s supporters thought she wasn’t far enough left
    ACA’s premiums or deductibles were too high
    Obama’s stimulus was too weak & people wanted a change

    I worry that Perez and Ellison will appeal too much to progressives to be successful.

    I was looking forward to a Hillary presidency and returning from exile. Her loss in 11/2016 has made me even more angry that the Democratic Party put an inexperienced man who was reluctant to use the power of his office to accomplish more over the woman who was a fighter and experienced.

    By lowering the standard on experience, we got Trump.

    (I do apologize for the length of my comment and I appreciate RD providing an opportunity to vent.)

    • That was a great and insightful comment.

    • Ditto.

      Quick, how do I get habanero salsa stains off of the front of a linen dress?? Is oxy clean safe for linen?

      Asking for a friend.

      • I suggest a little soap and water to remove as much of the stain as possible if the linen is considered washable. Treating it with hydrogen peroxide after might get the rest of the stain without damaging the color or the fiber since the hydrogen peroxide at the pharmacy is a 3% solution.

        • Ooo, I hadn’t thought of using straight drug store H2O2. Good idea. Will test on the inside hem first. It’s barely noticeable but it drives me crazy.

    • Agree– very insightful. It enrages me, too.

  2. i keep filling out my dem survey form, you know the one where they keep asking for money, with a message to do the most for the most and keep the issues limited. in california, we still have a bernie protege named ellis who lost a state dem leadership position by a narrow margin who will not concede. this was months ago. she is still calling it a corrupt party. i keep filling out my form to dump sanders and his supporters as they continue to damage the party.

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