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I'm glad you found the series valuable. I might note that I don't consider what I'm advocating "stooping". There's no dishonesty or deceit in what I advocate, just a specific set of word choices. It would be lovely if we lived in a world where sound bites didn't matter, and people actually looked at the real policy decisions that different candidates and parties make, but we don't live in that world.

liberal server

I meant no disrespect to you with "stoop"... just an expression of resentment about how the republicans have forced the conversation to such a base and disgusting place...

I agree 100% that the semantics/PR tactics you outlined so clearly are absolutely necessary for the left to make any progress towards reclaiming some power. Hard for me (and lots of liberals, I think) to take my idealistic head out of the clouds to acknowledge reality.


No worries. I wasn't offended. While I understand the liberal liking for nuance and complexity (after all, that's what makes liberals liberals), I think that liberalism and the Democratic Party need to make the tip of that spear much much sharper.

For example, I spent years in Silicon Valley, and one of the techniques honed there was the "elevator pitch": what you would say to a potential investor or customer if all you had was a one minute or thirty second elevator ride with them. Is that right, that ideas should be evaluated on the basis of that little information? No, but it's the way of things.

liberal server

Sad, but too true.

I'm still looking for a republican who is thoughtful and interesting. So far the only one I think is close is Andrew Sullivan, but then he's not very right...

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