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It's kinda sweetly sad and funny to see a new generation of Democrats* inventing new terms of abuse for Republicans, spreading memes, and generally figuring out how to do strategic hate management in their own social circles.

Because the "left" blogosphere did EXACTLY that in 2003 -2006? And what did we get for it? Squat.

We got Pelosi in 2006, who immediately took impeachment off the table (not to mention hushing up the Mark "Can you measure for me?" Foley page scandal, even though Foley was a Republican. And then we got Obama's "hope and change" bait and switch, and an administration well to the right of Eisenhower that thinks Reagan had a lot of good ideas.

Enjoy it, kids. Because the Powers That Be are laughing.

* And/or fervent Republican apostates, like Bruce Bartlett.

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Submitted by okanogen on

Link? Or general commentary? Strategic hate management is unfortunately rampant and, to be honest, unfortunately I'm seeing some here, too. It certainly is easier than dealing with substance and subtlety.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm on FB and I've got a posse of creative class 30- and 40-somethings.

Submitted by lambert on

It's bizarre because it's so ineffectual. Maybe it's an age thing.

I mean, a 21-year-old voting for Obama in 2008 would have been 13 years old when the Republicans stole election 2000, and barely pubescent when the Republicans impeached Clinton over a blowjob. They're all excited, but it's hard for me to see this as new.

Could be my bias...

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Submitted by Alexa on

The only thing that "works," is to get the policy right.

After the debacle of the ACA, the Democratic Party will need more than "messaging" in the upcoming elections.

They need to concentrate on "putting forth a really progressive agenda!"