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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #26)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:04 PM

40. politics doesn't work this way

...the focus isn't static. It gathers information in flashes like light blinking through holes in a revolving shade.

Repetition is an essential tool of advocacy. People's interest ebbs in and out, depending on events and other influences. It's a mistake to assume that Americans share our verdict, for instance, on Trump, or that those impressions they have now are permanent and inviolable.

Of course, politics isn't a mere funnel to what we want. It's a coalition of concerns in which we have the opportunity to rally support for our particular or individual causes among folks with like interests and values. Keeping our hand in promoting Democratic policy and initiatives, prospects for success however bleak, is a smart strategy for the party.

Problem is, it's hard to promote this sort of shadow government, or future government Dems offer voters without pointing out the utter ruthlessness of the majority in subverting and upending the political process to not only stifle Democratic voices, but suppress Democratic voters' voices.

The corruption is the issue. It's what's keeping Americans from the things they say they want. Continuing Russian interference and meddling may well keep Democrats from realizing their full potential in the next election cycle. The solution to all of that is manifest in the Mueller investigation and prosecution. It's hard to see how any of what we want comes before that.

Indeed, if we fail to prosecute Trump, he could actually succeed in making our government even more autocratic and kleptocratic than it presently is. I'd like to see the policy discussion that outweighs that prospect.

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