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I'll argue that the record on Obama is a lot more mixed than that, but that's not the discussion I'd like to have here.

What I want to point out is that as a third-way leader, Obama got power in an incredibly dangerous way.  He didn't take power through advertising and consultants, he did it by mobilizing a massive volunteer army, and teaching them the basics of political organizing and campaigning.

Yeah, not everyone stays in the game.  Yeah, a lot of people get disillusioned.  But there are still more people with democratic experience than before, there are still more people participating in the system than before, and those who do feel like they got burned are going to be a heck of a lot harder to fool with bullshit third-way nonsense the next time.  

by Zwackus on Sun Jul 7th, 2013 at 06:31:50 PM EST
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