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  •  Amazing how we've come full circle (12+ / 0-)

    Our Dem Party leaders have now returned to appeasing racist, regressive, reactionary southern right wingers.

    FDR must be weeping.

    "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

    by Betty Pinson on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:17:45 AM PDT

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    •  Yes indeed, Betty. The KKK has become the rrr (1+ / 0-)
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      right wingers that you describe, and having a black President has driven them to new heights of hatred and intolerance.  The rethugs drag down the nation's class average.

      •  Obama seeks common ground with Tea Party (4+ / 0-)
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        Republicans in Congress.  Who can explain that?  I can't.

        "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

        by Betty Pinson on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:35:52 AM PDT

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        •  Obama is confused about the consensus approach (2+ / 0-)
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          The heart of the democratic process is in consensus decision making. The best decisions are reached that way because they represent a total membership approach.
          Everyone collaborates to discover the best possible solutions to the problem.
          Obama seems to have gone the accommodation route where agreement is reached through yielding to the positions of others in an effort to create harmony even at the expense of ideas and values.This might be socially tactful but it is destructive to the ideals of our democracy.
          To come to his defense, Obama was battered from day one of his presidency by those on the right. Maybe he didn't realize that we had his back.Others have different explanations.

          •  To come to his defense (2+ / 0-)
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            Obama wasn't qualified or adequately experienced to handle the job of POTUS at this time, I'll give him that.

            But one would expect a good leader to learn from his mistakes and avoid repeating them.  

            The job of POTUS always comes with criticism and people who let that interfere with their performance shouldn't run for president.

            As HST said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

            "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

            by Betty Pinson on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 10:08:50 AM PDT

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            •  he was no less qualified than anyone (7+ / 0-)

              else in the race, from either party. the problem is not his qualifications, it's his neoliberal ideology. and the fact that he has been quite effective in advancing it while simultaneously fooling a number of so-called progressives into defending him.

              "I'm all for pragmatism just as long as it's not just a slight pitstop on the road to hell." - TJ, 11.30.10

              by output on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 10:29:24 AM PDT

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              •  Yes. (3+ / 0-)
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                You can compromise if your opponent thinks that a deal is better than no deal.  If they fear that you will ram through single payer, they might compromise with a public option.  But if they aren't afraid of you, there's no reason for them to compromise.

                Politics is the art of changing what's possible.

                by happymisanthropy on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 11:38:57 AM PDT

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              •  I am more inclined to vote for someone (0+ / 0-)

                that is more than simply "present", perhaps someone with experience as an AG or a Governor. (i.e. someday perhaps Cuomo) Which is odd because I know not to trust lawyers, but I trust crooked politicians even less. Especially those too eager to abandon the ideals of those whom they were elected to represent. Though I am often reminded lately that this is a federal republic and not a democracy. My mistake.

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