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  •  There are many differences between (9+ / 0-)

    the AFL-CIO aand this adminstration, and the comments recognize those differences.  But they do endorse his re-election, amd will work to re-elect him with people on the ground and money.

    President Obama is running for re-election.  

    The American people must wise up and rise up!

    by TomP on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 08:57:25 AM PDT

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    •  I love Digby. I think she is one of the most (1+ / 0-)
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      cogent voices in the progressive blogosphere.  She has always had her finger on the political pulse of this nation and she has been a great prognosticator of things to come.  Today she referenced a column by fellow blogger Marta Evy who she is quick to point out has been a faithful and enthusiastic Obama supporter.  From Marta's blogsite (Venice For Change):

      In 2008, I took a six-month unpaid leave of absence to work on the Obama campaign.  In fact, I was a Regional Field Organizer in Southern California. I also maxed out my campaign donations - the first time I've ever done that in my life.

      Not in 2012. Next year, I'll be turning my focus on retaking the House, keeping the Senate, and electing good Democrats in local races.

      I highly recommend many of you do the same

      This from thereisnospoon who also posts on Digby:

      Today? I am encouraging all my friends to boycott OFA until this person is fired, and a public apology is made to Paul Krugman. Dismissing the most active 28% of the progressive base as well as our best and most influential pundit so blithely deserves the strongest possible rebuke.

      I and others like me can focus our time and attention on state and local politics. If this is the official view of the Obama campaign, then they can count me out.

      There is a lot of anger being directed at Obama right now and part of the reason is this (from Digby):

      It's not "shared sacrifice" to ask wealthy people to give up money they will not even miss in exchange for asking 65 year olds to wait an additional two years before qualifying for Medicare. In some cases, that's going to be the difference between life and death. Telling people they have to give up any part of the only real form of security they have in their old age when they can no longer work, in order to get millionaires to pay what they paid in taxes only a decade ago, is not "balanced."

      Trumka's not supporting Obama...not unless he starts doing more to protect unions...remember this came from the AFL-CIO's political director...take it for what it is...and it is not a ringing endorsement for Obama.

      •  I do take it for what it is. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think he speaks for Trumka.

        The American people must wise up and rise up!

        by TomP on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 10:00:14 AM PDT

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      •  sounds like he *is* supporting Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        all Obama cares about is the money and the endorsement--and maybe the door-knockers.

        He doesn't give a damn what their thoughts and feelings are if he's got their money and the symbolic power of their name.

        I've run campaigns, and I'm telling you this for sure:  any campaign manager would be delighted to get this, and not care a damn whether Trumka expresses doubts or something, as long as the endorsement, monies, and footsoldiers keep coming.

        Well, it's his union and his decision.  If he wants to pour good money (union) after bad (Wall St/Chamber donations) that's his choice.  Seems like an awful waste of time, though, when we have a House to retake, a Senate to protect if we can, and innumerable state legislatures, which should be way more important to the AFL-CIO, given what's been happening to the unions at the state level, than any DC race.

        The heart is a bloom, shoots up through stony ground/But there's no room, no space to rent in this town

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 11:11:43 AM PDT

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    •  President Obama doesn't need (1+ / 0-)
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      working people's money; he's doing just fine with the donations he's got.

      Wall St. and the Chamber support him, let them supply him with money and labor.

      The heart is a bloom, shoots up through stony ground/But there's no room, no space to rent in this town

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 11:06:55 AM PDT

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