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The State of the Democrats
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin

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Posted By:AVFD15, 2/13/2013 11:33:41 PM

My reaction to last night’s State of the Union address begins from compassion for my fellow wonks, and ends with a sense that the Democrats’ political fortunes in the coming years may not be so rosy as many on the Left would like to think. By the end of the speech, I was feeling sorry for the White House policy staff. It’s perfectly clear looking over the text that they have just been through a months-long budget policy process that must have ended in total failure. Anyone who has been through this annual exercise at the White House would recognize the tell-tale signs. The phrase “I will direct my cabinet

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/13/2013 11:56:41 PM     (No. 9175256)

Somehow I thought it was one of his campaign speeches.

How does he figure minimum wage workers live in poverty, but not seniors and the disabled that receive less that $1000 a month ?

Then there was the global poverty shot near the end. Sorry Zippy, we have plenty of poverty right here. Does the global poverty money go through Slick Willie´s nonprofit ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/14/2013 12:04:08 AM     (No. 9175263)

Good halftime pep talk! The game´s not over.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveW, 2/14/2013 12:59:01 AM     (No. 9175300)

It is too early to say whether desperate grasps at optimism, like this article, are based on more than wishful thinking. If the 2014 midterms do not go overly well, "Enjoy The Decline" will certainly become the new survival mode for the remaining sentient. Right now, too early...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: locarno, 2/14/2013 1:12:10 AM     (No. 9175311)

This is an outstanding article. Its logical, thoughtful, and astute. However, those are three words I would not assign to the average Low-info voters out there. So when we attach a political forecast to whats been happening in the country the last 4 years, logic is severely lacking. By all rights, Obama should have been impeached at least 4 times already for his high crimes. The democrats should have been destroyed beyond recognition in the last election. And there should have been meaningful legislation enacted to deal with this fiscal mess we find ourselves in.

Alas, none of that has come to pass. We find Emperor Barackus still sending illegal EO proclamations down from Mt.Olympus. The dems actually gained ground in the last election. And our spending spree that makes drunken sailors look like penny-pinchers continues unabated. So I would give Yuval an A for effort and reasoning in this article, as he makes some very valid points. But as far as translating into a rough political time for dems to come, don´t bet on that.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/14/2013 2:18:18 AM     (No. 9175334)

Obama´s only plan on anything is do the opposite of what a republican would do.He acts like he has a plan and people fall for it even though there hasn´t been an ounce of progress in 4 years..

Everybody is bemoaning the fact that there´s a disconnect between the country´s failures and Obama´s policies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 2/14/2013 2:21:07 AM     (No. 9175336)

Rush is on target with this one. He is always in campaign mode. So when he orates it sounds great to the low info voters i.e. idiots.

I think that is why he was not available when our ambassador and others were murdered. He didn´t even vote present for that tragedy.

Peace Prize my a**.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/14/2013 2:40:08 AM     (No. 9175347)

You can´t get rid of demonrats because voter fraud will always keep them there. Voter fraud should be rooted out everywhere it happens but it doesn´t.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Echohawk, 2/14/2013 9:24:38 AM     (No. 9175711)

A good essay. In a nutshell, after 100 years, the last piece of the liberal puzzle--Obamacare--is in place. Now all they have left is exhaustion and retrenchment.
There´s not enough money in the private sector to pay for it all, and all that federal debt is slowing down the economy.

On the federal level, it certainly looks like the dems are gaining ground. On the state level, their losses have been catastrophic--700 new GOP seats in the 2010 midterms alone. It´s no coincidence that the dem leadership looks like the fossils at the twilight of the USSR. They don´t have new blood and won´t have any in the future.

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