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Not sure what Kos means by this, but IMO, I'd have preferred more liberal positions because they would have resulted in better policy outcomes. It's not a matter of ideological purity. A bigger stimulus, which liberals advocated, would have done a better job reducing unemployment. A simpler healthcare plan with public option or Medicare buy-in would have broadened coverage and reduced longterm costs more than what we ended up with. In both cases, if Obama had stuck to positions preferred by the left, he'd have gotten better results and the politics would take care of themselves. As a pragmatic progressive, I'm more frustrated at the failure of Obama to fight for sound policies than any idiocy about ideological purity.
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