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  •  somebody has to talk (14+ / 0-)

    look at what happened just today:

    a) Dems caved on Union rights in the FAA Funding Bill.

    b) Obama's newest nod to the banksters:

    - Feb 6, 2012 1:11 PM PT

    President Barack Obama today nominated a JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) executive to the five-member board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

    Jeremiah O. Norton, 34, who is an executive director in the bank’s JPMorgan Securities unit, previously served as a policy adviser in the U.S. Treasury Department during the administration of President George W. Bush. Before that, he was an aide to a Republican congressman, Edward Royce of California.

    •  Oh, damn. You're inserting important facts? (8+ / 0-)

      I don't think that's really allowed here.

      We delivered. They failed us. We have moved on. (h/t to my good friend)

      by gooderservice on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:55:29 PM PST

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    •  And the real story in that article is that (2+ / 0-)

      Republicans are continuing their massive obstruction of Obama nominees.

      But I guess you missed that part.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:59:22 PM PST

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      •  Our poor powerless President. (7+ / 0-)

        The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

        by Orange County Liberal on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:47:51 PM PST

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        •  How true. It's very sad. (6+ / 0-)

          If there could only be some sort of recess appointments power.  But alas, that only works with republicans.  Read:   John Bolton.

          We delivered. They failed us. We have moved on. (h/t to my good friend)

          by gooderservice on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 08:01:28 PM PST

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          •  To be fair, Republicans have eliminated (1+ / 0-)
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            the ability to appoint during recesses by fucking with the recess and having pro forma sessions, being "in session" when they clearly are not.  It is also true that Harry Reid pulled the same stunt on Bush. It is also true that Republicans have abused this because, well they are Republicans and they always refuse all warnings that if they keep playing with their toys like that, they will break them. Obama did finally call their bluff by appointing the head of the CFPB, which he should have done much, much earlier, perhaps prior to starting his reelection.  

            President Obama did not exercise his powers against Republicans all that often, instead opting to find common ground with them.  This led to horrible bills and continued intransigence on the part of Republicans since they got enough of what they wanted by being dicks so continued dickishness seemed like a path toward getting what they want.  Obama's refusal to confront the Republicans emboldened them to hold more and more hostage.  It is not simply refusing to fight them with recess appointments, it was his chosen style of confronting the Republicans that led to them gaining.

            •  And the first two years? (1+ / 0-)
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              When Democrats controlled both houses of Congress?

              "It's the Republicans' fault!" only goes so far.

              The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

              by Orange County Liberal on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:02:22 PM PST

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              •  Definitely. There is no excuse for what did not (1+ / 0-)
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                occur during those first two years, in fact had Democrats used their power, they probably would not have lost the House. To get this far up shit creek it took plenty of effort, Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the White House. It took looking forward and ignoring the Bush abuses, it took pushing a Republican health insurance bill with a Republican mandate, and it took Republicans running from what they used to believe in and staking new positions even further into the lunatic fringe. It also took fair-weather Democrats and Blue Dogs and it took placating their needs and wants while ignoring the Democratic base and the planks on which the party used to have common cause.

                Obama believes in using the broken system to achieve whatever the broken system can produce. He assumes that this output is what is best because it is the only thing the system could create, this is also what the pragmatists seem to believe. He needs to lead, to challenge the system and stand up against the continuous rightward shift, and instead he embraces the shift and validates it.

      •  they are (1+ / 0-)
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        which is why we've needed a fighter all along.

        btw, if the Democratic President just ends up appointing Republicans when the Republicans block appointments, then what do we need the Democratic President for?

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