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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-07 03:06 PM
Response to Reply #96
100. Triangulation is avoiding taking a position on either the "left" or the "right"...
"Triangulation is the act of a candidate presenting his or her ideology as being "above" and "between" the left and right sides of the political spectrum."

"You accommodate southern racists to make progress on New Deal legislation for example..."

The many occasions I cited where FDR clearly supported civil rights showed he was definitely on the progressive side of this issue, not in the middle.

"You pander to isolationists (lend lease), to make progress preparing for a war you know is coming but for which the country is not prepared..."

The isolationists were very much opposed to lend-lease.

"FDR was a master triangulator..."

Perhaps, but in Hillary Clinton's case, she's just ensuring that both people on the left and the right vote against her.

"He was also pilloried by the progressives of the day as well as populists...Henry Wallace, Huey Long, Father Coughlin etc..."

Henry Wallace pilloried FDR? The same Henry Wallace who was in FDR's Cabinet in one form or another from his inauguration until his death?

"Trying to pack the supreme court was not triangulating...he bullheadedly went ahead with a plan doomed to failure and nearly ground his economic reforms to a halt"

Well, surely if he had triangulated in the first place, the conservative SCOTUS wouldn't have struck down so many of his programs. :eyes:
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