Gerry Canavan

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History’s Judgment

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A commenter at Kevin Drum’s place had an insightful two-sentence summary of how base politics works in the U.S. (paraphrased slightly below):

The Democratic base is certain that history is on their side: any compromise that gives them half a loaf is tolerated as moving the ball in the direction they want.

The Republican base fears that history is against them, and sees any compromise as giving ground that will then be lost forever.

Written by gerrycanavan

March 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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