In his analysis of the 2010 midterms, Hankins tells us that “to draw grandiose conclusions about ‘demands of the American people’ is unsupported by reality and is typical spin-doctoring by Tea Party Republicans and their fellow travelers.” He details how out of step the right wing Republicans are with the American public, as is shown consistently by public polling. The Republicans’ success in the elections came from their ability to stimulate their voters, “helped by Republican-dominated media and hundreds of millions of corporate contributions…” While acknowledging that the Obama presidency is in many ways a failure, Hankins includes an impressive list of Obama’s accomplishments that are in step with the values held by a majority of Americans.

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