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  •  Not really (4+ / 0-)

    Presidents actually are powerful you know.

    •  They are. They are extremely powerful. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm one of the more vocal proponents of the Bully Pulpit and the power of the Presidency.  Nothing chaps my ass more than the Powerless POTUS meme that so often permeates this site.

      The problem is that unless it's an election year Obama's use of said pulpit is generally in opposition to Progressives, and progressive ideals.  And this week notwithstanding, we usually get hammered pretty damned hard for saying so.

      So, in direct answer to your question:  Progressive failure, such as it, includes Obama only insofar as he himself has fought to ensure it.  This is not a failure of Progressivism.  Rather, it is a failure of a Democratic President to remember you should dance with the one that brung ya.

      "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage." - Confucius

      by IndieGuy on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:12:25 PM PDT

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    •  He's not a dictator, you know! (3+ / 0-)
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