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  •  I get about 10 emails a day (0+ / 0-)

    impluing the exact opposite.  What is OFA if not exactly what you say isnt here?  Obviously, he cant run a campaign operation, but the networks were still there.  

    Anyway, we didnt get screwed, failing to pass anything would be being screwed, and i dont quite know what it means to go around the senate, and specifically the senators who were the deciding votes.  

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

    by Loge on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 08:19:42 PM PST

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    •  OFA? (0+ / 0-)

      As best I can tell, OFA mostly lobbies progressives to support the watered-down, compromised bills that Obama has already negotiated. On the stimulus bill, Obama should have staked out a stronger bill calling for at least $1.2 trillion of real spending (not tax cuts) and then mobilized OFA to fight for that. He might have had to compromise from there, but he might have been able to force the Repubs to compromise. Instead, he pre-negotiated a poor bill and then lobbied us to support it. Then he followed up by spending most of his time echoing Republican talking points about deficits and setting up the Catfood Commission to undermine Social Security and Medicare (and enlisting OFA to support that).

      And yes, we got screwed. The economy is still a disaster 3 years later. Democrats lost big in 2010 and may lose again in 2012. In Ohio, where I live, the Republicans won all the executive positions in 2010 and big majorities in the statehouse. Now the Republicans have just drastically gerrymanded the Congressional map so it is unlikely that more than 4 Democrats will be elected (out of 16 Ohio districts) for the rest of the decade. This is terrible.

      •  yes, which i think was the point (0+ / 0-)

        lobbying to support the President's bills, however one chooses to characterize them.

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

        by Loge on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 10:41:58 AM PST

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