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  •  Obama learned his lesson, he will not (1+ / 0-)
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    lysias

    comment on anything which may end up being fodder for the right or end with him having a beer with Joe Biden.  He loses political capital and doesn't gain any ground with anyone.  His job is to be quiet, stay hidden, and let the Republicans out crazy themselves out of contention for the next election.  Anything that requires a firm stand will be ignored until such a point it can't, then it will be addresses in open-ended and vague language.  He doesn't have time to stand up for right or wrong, he is running for President.  The sad thing is, damn near every single Democrat would do the same thing, keep their head down and stay away from any sort of political lightning rod.

    •  you mean he was beaten down, right? (2+ / 0-)
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      koNko, pgm 01

      Wasn't that the 'lesson'?

      •  Pretty much. He was hit by many sides for (1+ / 0-)
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        isabelle hayes

        speaking out on behalf of Gates. Police thought he was going after them and they were ticked, many liberals thought he should have been more forceful and expanded the conversation into race and excessive force by police.  The same dynamic will occur this time, if he attempts to back the protestors he is "attacking" police, if he attempts to split the difference, he will have both police unions and students angry at him.  

        Excessive force by police is not new and Obama could easily address how it has impacted minority communities disproportionally, but that is not a conversation this nation is adult enough to have and as such it becomes too hot of a subject to even discuss in an election year.  Our political system is so screwed up that even attempting to talk about a controversial subject is considered too politically dangerous.  Police brutality was too controversial a subject, at least when it was happening in mostly minority areas and I don't think having it happen to non-violent college protestors will change that.

    •  At some point (2+ / 0-)
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      pgm 01, isabelle hayes

      This becomes a political lighting rod.

      I'd say the pepper spray pretty much qualifies and now stand back and enjoy the show as the press turn.

      Strategically, this is an excellent time for campus demonstrations, the preferred tactic being the sit-down.

      I suggest rolling 24 hour sit-downs, much better tactic than camp-outs.

      School-by-School, keep the demonstrations rolling.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 05:16:23 AM PST

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