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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:50 AM

7. All of those elections were won and lost based on factors entirely beyond anyone's control

American politics since World War II has been incredibly cyclical. After 8 years of one party, the incumbent party gets disillusioned and stays home and the out of power party is motivated to vote so the White House switches parties. 2 years later, the party in the White House is not motivated while the new opposition is, so Congress switches hands. The party in the White House realizes they need to keep the White House 2 years later, so they show up to vote. Then another 2 years later they're disillusioned and the opposition in Congress gains more strength. 2 more years later, the opposition wins the White House and it starts all over again.

Yes there are exceptions to this cycle. If you have enough bad shit happen to you, ala Jimmy Carter, you don't win re-election. If you have the first attack on America soil since Pearl Harbor, ala George W Bush, your party gains seats in the midterms. If the opposition party is dumb enough to impeach you over a blow job, ala Bill Clinton, your party gains seats in the second midterm. And if your opponents run an exceptionally shitty campaign, like Dukakis, you can get 12 years in the White House.

But the bottom line is that you have a limited time in office before voters vote in the other party for no particular reason other than the other side is motivated to show up and your side isn't anymore. Spending that limited time on watered down centrism seems like a waste. But that's just me.

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