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Mar 15, 2010
I understand and accept the point, but there's a small structural problem with the argument. We can separate the people, policies and attacks. The evidence of a whole day suggests that many conservatives can't do the same thing. Our desire to implement the very policies that lead to our victory is being painted as personal attacks on the people who established the failed policies. Hopefully it will pass as our opponents mature, but it's important to remember that people well into their 40s have literally never lived in a period when there ideas weren't preeminent and held above reproach. There was a brief period of Reagan-lite with Clinton, but the Republican-dominated Congress didn't let him stray far. Today most of us are hoping for far more from Obama. It will be a shock, and it will take a long time for everyone involved to see that well-deserved attacks on failed policies are NOT attacks on individuals. But those failed policies have to be tossed onto the same wretched scrap heap as communism and absolute monarchies.
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I understand and accept the point, but there's a small structural problem with the argument. We can separate the people, policies and attacks. The evidence of a whole day suggests that many conservatives can't do the same thing. Our desire to implement the very policies that lead to our victory is being painted as personal attacks on the people who established the failed policies. Hopefully it will pass as our opponents mature, but it's important to remember that people well into their 40s have literally never lived in a period when there ideas weren't preeminent and held above reproach. There was a brief period of Reagan-lite with Clinton, but the Republican-dominated Congress didn't let him stray far. Today most of us are hoping for far more from Obama. It will be a shock, and it will take a long time for everyone involved to see that well-deserved attacks on failed policies are NOT attacks on individuals. But those failed policies have to be tossed onto the same wretched scrap heap as communism and absolute monarchies.
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