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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

the dog that did not bark

The entire Republican strategy of the last year has been based on inflaming the passions and mobilizing the energy of the base and yet, as E.J. Dionne noted this morning, “what we didn’t see is a huge Republican surge that the “enthusiasm gap” registered in many of the polls might have suggested.”
Let’s face it. If the demented hysterics of the last year have not succeeded in creating a mobilized, energized “new” conservative electorate rising up against Obama and the Dems, there is little reason to think that anything that will happen between now and November will suddenly do the trick.
The Republicans needed the electoral equivalent of the windmill scene in Frankenstein yesterday– and they didn’t get it. As Sherlock Homes would have put it, it was “the dog that did not bark”.

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