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  •  I suspect the shit's gonna get ugly here (3+ / 0-)

    at the GOS after the election.

    A lot of principled progressives have toned down their criticisms of the president's policies in the run up to the election. (I personally believe that has been a mistake. Momentum, unchallenged, has been building among Democratic leadership to push through Simpson/Bowles. Obama's pushing it. Bill Clinton's pushing it. Even Nancy Pelosi is singing the praises of the nut job "solutions" offered by Mr. Simpson and Mr. Bowles - the two guys endorsing a Teabagger, praising Paul Ryan's "budget," and now suggesting the ratio of cuts to investments in the economy should be even higher.)

    After the election, progressive kossacks are going to stop holding their tongues and lobby aggressively against a number of Obama's non-progressive policies:

    AfPak war policy;

    Preemptive drone attacks on suspected terrorists;

    Growth of the national security state and restriction of civil liberties;

    Race-to-the-top Education policy and tacit support of the charter school movement;

    Lack of Wall Street profiteering accountability;

    And, of course, the freaking "War on Drugs."

    Many progressives are going to be looking for 2014 Congressional candidates to distance themselves from the president on these major, substantive policy issues.

    The 11 dimension folks who currently brook no criticism, even of campaign mistakes the Obama administration itself concedes, seem bound and determined to refight the "pony" wars.

    My hope is that the majority of us will band together to lend our voices to the struggle against the perpetuation of the status quo.

    My expectation is that we're five weeks away from the mother of all pie fights.

    Don't ask if I'm better off now than four years ago. Ask if I'm better off than I would have been under four years of McCain.

    by WisePiper on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:53:48 PM PDT

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    •  It's a huge topic that I'd love to explore (2+ / 0-)
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      ... at length with you. But I have to run to a concert now. But it is incredible to me how much the Democratic Party has become the repository of what used to be Republican goals. And anything to the left of that is just off the table.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 07:11:57 PM PDT

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      •  Enjoy yourself tonight. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think I'm safe in assuming there'll be opportunities to resume this discussion.

        Don't ask if I'm better off now than four years ago. Ask if I'm better off than I would have been under four years of McCain.

        by WisePiper on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 07:14:39 PM PDT

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