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The inevitable roll-out of the ACA won't do in Obama: eventual fixes for this convoluted program will be hobbled together. Has any disastrous rollout of one program ever decimated American liberalism? Decades of continuity (for liberalism is too blurred to be a "movement") don't vanish until substitute belief systems rise up, and don't count on "socialism" or "fascism." Or of late Tea Party "conservatism." Only a battering from multiple, serious failures menace "liberalism," though Obama is doing his magic to reinforce the rightwing meme, "government can't work."  

True, progressive outcomes are closer to visions than reality, and something exceptional must occur before 2016 to shake things up. If a decidedly hawkish Hillary wins, owing little to progressive forces, the left's power recedes. Just because the task is daunting doesn't dissuade me from hunting up positive lights across menacing darkness. Otherwise, I'd be stuck at online buffets dishing out oracular world-weariness, as in "we are all doomed" -- or imagine revolution is nigh because, well, the stars are aligned. One good deed deserves another, I say, along with "Dessert's over, Waiter. Check, please."


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