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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

Christopher142 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 2:16 AM
None of the problems that led to the economic crisis that elected Obama in the first place have been solved. They have only been made worse. Inevitably we will see another crisis, probably worse than the one that elected Obama. When that happens, the Democratic Party will be in an awkward position. They will not be able to shift the blame anymore.
Ron781 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:21 AM
Like maybe a nuclear war in the Middle East? Now that will set Obama's history as the man who wreaked the world.
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And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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