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  •  And Yet, I would argue Sides' side (8+ / 0-)

    Bad pun aside, I think Sides makes one key argument: That this shift in viewpoint, this political realignment has to be overwhelming. What Reagan accomplished was not so much being an effective president: By any benchmark, he was an abysmal failure. Yet his policies have poisoned this country ever since: Placing Scalia on the Bench, income tax cuts, disastrous foreign policy. The real issue here is that does this electorate have the power to swing policy toward them? We know the house has been gerrymandered so effectively that even a combined 1 million additional votes for Dem candidates over Rep left us with only a 12 seat gain. Texas became more red, not less.

    I think 2014 will be our new benchmark. Will this coalition show up? Will the States swing blue, even if the national picture doesn't? That will be the test to determine whether this is for real.

    •  It's worse than that (5+ / 0-)

      Since Reagan, the dominant ideology has been "Government is the problem, not the solution."  This anti-government screed has infected our nation ever since.  If you consider changing the dominant ideology of our country to be the mark of a great president, then Reagan qualifies as a great president, notwithstanding the harm his poison has done.  

      Sadly, I am not convinced Reaganism is no longer dominant.  Obama and his fellow Democrats are still reluctant to take it on, and the news media are only too willing to do the right's bidding.  Heck, all you hear now on TV and radio is "entitlement reform," a sign that the Republicans may be down but not out.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:16:28 AM PST

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      •  I think you're expecting too much. (2+ / 0-)
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        Navy Vet Terp, whaddaya

        Even FDR bought into right-wing framing through the most disastrous non-war time of the United States' history. He still left us partially on the gold standard and tried to balance the budget in such a way that caused a recession. But no one denies that the presidency marked a watershed moment in American political thought.

      •  obama and elected dems are lagging indicators (0+ / 0-)

        the ground moving beneath their feet will in time produce elected democrats to their left, as the process continues.

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