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Paul Ryan's Prudence

Henry Olsen points out Paul Ryan's stealing of the Democratic Party issue of security (see, among other sources, FDR's 1944 SOTU).   In fighting Progressivism, we often need to turn Progressive guns against Progressivism:  capture their commanding heights and use their own weapons against them.   Leftist policies destroy Social Security, Medicare, etc.  This does not show bad faith in compromising with these New Deal policies--quite the contrary; it's part of a much larger strategy.

As bad as California is, it would be far worse without the consensus that supported the initiative and referendum measures against racial preferences, property tax hikes, and so on.  See Edward Erler's argument for using the Progressive means to conservative ends:  Keep your eye on the ball and the real enemy--the administrative state. 

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Speaking of stealing things from Progressives...as I write this, the Wisconsin judicial election is within a few thousand votes. I have no idea how it will turn out. The Democrat (and claims of non-partisanship to the contrary...) may very well win. If so, some may instinctively feel that the Democrats will always win, somehow, and that the best that can be hoped for is some kind of managed decline. For the MSM winds are ever against us. Same as it ever was.

But....but....but....if Kloppenburg wins, it will apparently be by a few thousand votes. In a bluish state. Where the Democrats know that a mortal threat exists, and are reacting to it by a full mobilization. Where they are hoping for a referendum on the issue. Where they knew a win would get them a crucial victory. And a win they may have. But only by a few thousand votes. In a traditionally Progressive state.

Thus, to get back to the stealing part....in my opinion, if that is the best the Democrats can do, after all the frothing of the last two months, then "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Unleash the hounds, Smithers. Press them on all fronts.

Because they have nothing left. They are fully mobilized, and they just have nothing left anymore to throw into the fight. They're capped out and plateaued. So press them. Because the entire country is not Wisconsin. If that is the best Democrats can do there, then they are takeable in a lot of elsewheres. So press them.

...as I write this, the Wisconsin judicial election is within a few thousand votes. I have no idea how it will turn out. The Democrat (and claims of non-partisanship to the contrary...) may very well win.

I have an idea - the Demorats/Union Thugs are out getting dead people and illegals to vote right now. Then all of a sudden a box of ballots will appear out of nowhere and the Democrat will win.... Think - Al Franken.

Of course, cowgirl: unless someone you think should win wins it's got to be the result of "illegals." Of course, dear, of course ... Just keep telling yourself that.

You've often talked about how Palin etc. are driving us liberals crazy; it's lovely to see the effects on your very limited mental capacities of everything that doesn't fit with your narrow and, let's face it, ill-informed and narrow minded point of view.

So ... Kathy Nickolaus anyone?

You'll like this cowgirl:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/07/964645/-Kathy-Nickolaus-in-Waukesha-forgot-to-saveReally

Oh, wait, no, it can't be true. No one on the right would do such a thing. Would they ...?

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