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A Dead-End for the Dead-Enders

I've already explained where we are on the Obamacare policy front. TPM Reader JL does a very good job explaining how the politics of Obamacare changes overnight on November 5th.

On the politics of Obamacare, I think it’s important to realize how dramatically things will change on November 5th. We can debate how well anti Obamacare zealotry will work in the midterms, but I think most knowledgeable, reasonable observers would agree on some version of the following: if the goal is to preserve the majority in the House and to get 51 seats in the Senate, it will work tolerably well. Not a huge upside but most likely there’s enough anti Obamacare sentiment in the GOP base and limited enough pro Obamacare passion that for these limited goals, the old Obamacare playbook will work.

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More on the Fox Effect ...

TPM Reader JOD chimes in with his experience with 'the Fox effect'. I think it's important to recognize in these stories that you don't just stand up a new TV network and suddenly you're changing the the political and racial attitudes of a whole generation of baby boomers and pre-boomers. There's much more cause and effect at work. But these things can be powerful catalysts. There's a reason why people invest in propaganda. It works. Just not in a vacuum.

Just a backup to what reader RL had to say...

I was brought up in a very multi-ethnic working class community where nearly everyone was more or less on the same socio-economic level. I ran around with white, black, Hispanic and Indian kids. We were all always in and out of each other’s houses and all of our parents got along very well. This was the 1970s.

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More Than One Thing Happened in 2008

TPM Reader JB adds to our "Hard to Handle" thread on the subject of race and reminds us of that other elephant in the room ...

I've been following with interest the series of TPM posts on race. They touch on many points I think are correct, but so far at least are leaving out something important.

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