1. Forget 2010
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Everything about this year is a tantalizing fiction: Voters haven't suddenly gotten religion, as it were. They're as ideologically motley as they were in 2006 and 2008. They're mad about unemployment, worried about changes to their healthcare, and feel like the stimulus was wasted. None of this means they've become amenable to scorched-earth economic libertarianism.