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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Your Pre-Punditry In A Nutshell

@Matt: I think the headline there is true and false. This is, at least in part, a referendum on Obama. And while the key Senate races are in red states it's not like anyone expects Democrats to make big gains in the House races. Obama is pretty unpopular! But it's definitely not a referendum on Obama's "hyperliberalism." It's a referendum on two years when Washington has been so gridlocked that nothing at all has gotten done. 2010 might have been a referendum on liberalism. 2014 is a referendum on drift and paralysis. The irony is that voters, in rejecting it, are going to get more of it.

-Ezra Klein
(Underlining is mine)

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