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What matters is truth or fiction.  The facts don't provide any evidence that specific policy outcomes is in any way sensitive to the amount of campaign contributions.  Rather, ideological outcomes of elections that affect a broad array of policies are more sensitive, but that doesn't help explain much about the specifics of a public option or not.  If you want to halt corporate influence, then you've got look elsewhere.  Otherwise you're doing nothing to stop it.
by santiago on Tue Jun 30th, 2009 at 02:34:17 PM EST
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That's something of a leap there: From saying that there is no evidence (which is true for certain values of "evidence") that contributions do not buy policy, to saying that contributions do not, in fact, buy policy.

The latter implies that there is good reason to believe that contributions do not buy policy, whereas the former merely says that there is no good reason (presented here) to assume that it does.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Jun 30th, 2009 at 04:05:45 PM EST
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Fair enough.  The evidence presented by Nate's piece and the diarists' analysis of it don't make the case they believe it does - that money buys policy outcomes.  Other evidence might make that case.
by santiago on Tue Jun 30th, 2009 at 04:34:12 PM EST
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