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  •  I Think He's Probably the Purist Opportunist (7+ / 0-)

    that's led our party in decades.

    And THAT is why think yesterday it got better, because his calculations told him that taking the stance is a net political profit to him.

    It's what it reflects about society and the future.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 10, 2012 at 05:43:21 AM PDT

    •  I am reading a great book about Lincoln's (13+ / 0-)

      re-election and there are so many parallels.  I think Lincoln had to consider bringing together enough states to win the war before he could move on the emancipation issue.  When I think about it I believe the President has not been dishonest, he has changed his view on this matter.  But I also think as with DADT repeal his timing seems to be threshold related.  I don't think its opportunistic in the negative sense.  I think its strategic and for the cause of civil rights I am glad we have someone in the White House that can learn, change, look around and observe our pulse as a nation, and then plan, adjust, improvise and overcome.

    •  some truth to that (3+ / 0-)

      running despite being black and his unfortunate name  in the middle of the Iraq war  (Let's face it, not the best time to be named Hussein), but in the ultimate Democratic year was indeed very opportunistic.

      But just answering the door when opportunity knocks doesn't mean you can make it through when it opens.   I think Obama has core beliefs that are more in line with democratic thinking and a belief in fairness and basic civil rights that are lacking in Republicans and even some of the bluer blue dogs.    

      I also think he sees a net positive to this.   This is the 'race speech' moment all over again.   He puts a deeply divisive issue out front, makes it personal and emotional,  generational, and ultimately, more acceptable than it would have been otherwise.   It is one of his strengths, it is one of his beliefs.   It is why personal story telling is a main theme in the campaign training that he adopted in 2008 and continues this time.

      There is a difference in mitten's desperate opportunisim of say anything if it looks good now, and the President's timing of things when they pay off big, but also will work.   It's a pragmatic but less cynical way of doing things.

    •  this was about richard lugar & scott brown and (0+ / 0-)

      obama couldn't fill an arena of 20,000 last week.

      Back up a bit --

      ALL the smarty-ier-than-me-pants can point to ALL the pre-2008 proof they want that obama was NOT and is NOT progressive - well, tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands didn't clamor to see this guy 4 years ago cuz they wanted Pharma-Care, AHIP-Care, AIG-Care, Lieberman-Care, Baucus-Care, Geithner-Care, Exxon-Care and Wall Street-Care ...

      The little bit of me that gets emotional and HOPEful would like to think that obama's bubble was finally pierced, and he realized his core of clapping louder sycophants isn't enough to protect him from that 70% of the population, slightly left of center, who are the REAL middle,

      the REAL middle who deal with getting sold out by watching American Idol, NASCAR, MLB, ... instead of remembering to vote for Sell-0ut-Care.

      The other part of me says the bubble wasn't pierced, he just saw THE BEST opportunity to f'king lie to us all again.

      When my driver's license / state i.d. is my medicare card, I'll consider providing support beyond a Big F.U.


      Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

      by seabos84 on Thu May 10, 2012 at 07:58:08 AM PDT

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