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    Chait: Why Are Liberals Always Depressed?

    HONOLULU, HI - NOVEMBER 13:  US President Barack Obama delivers his opening remarks at the start of  of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 13, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The United States hosted this year's APEC summit, with leaders from the 21 member economies convening on the island of Oahu.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    In the latest salvo in a months-running debate about whether liberals should be disappointed in Obama, New York columnist Jonathan Chait argues that liberals are pathologically unable to appreciate Democratic presidents. “Is it really likely that all these presidents have suffered from the same character flaws?” Conservatives don’t have a problem circling the wagons even if they disagree with their leader, but liberals always keep looking to a purist fantasy president who will refuse to be a part of the system. “This aspect of the liberal style expresses itself as a persistent desire to improve not just policy but politics itself.” In the same issue of the magazine, Republican David Frum explains why his party "is getting the big questions disastrously wrong."

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