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  •  It proves that he's serious (3+ / 0-)

    about solving the problem.

    Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

    by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:01:56 PM PDT

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    •  It doesn't actually. (0+ / 0-)

      It's so transparent that it would be to suggest "seriousness," nobody would be under any obligation to take it seriously.  It would also walk into every teabag caricature of him.  Energizing our side doesn't matter if you provoke an equal and opposite reaction.

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:09:32 PM PDT

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      •  It's called "making the argument" (2+ / 0-)
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        mightymouse, docstymie

        God, we're doomed to lose. Sigh.

        Let me explain this:

        If Obama will only propose things that he thinks Republicans support then he is never making a strong argument for the Democratic approach. If he doesn't make a strong argument for the Democratic approach then all the public is hearing is a GOP argument and a GOP Lite argument.

        As to "provoking" the other side: you can't be serious. They are already rabid. And energized. And, according to Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling, "I wrote a blog post last week about how Democratic enthusiasm was at a year long low. Now it's at a lower year long low with only 47% of the party's voters 'very excited' about voting this year compared to 58% of Republicans."

        The consistent meta message of Obama's "bipartisan" tic is "Republicans have good ideas and Democrats don't." You may think that is both true and a winning electoral message for Democrats but I don't.

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