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  •  My more accurate prediction: (9+ / 0-)

    After the election, pundits would agree that Obama's most important task now is to placate, make nice with, and generally accommodate the Republicans.
    Heal the country's wounds—by, effectively, enabling their agenda.
    Sure enough: pundits are agreeing.

    We've seen that. We don't want that.
    From his victory speech, however, Obama was already talking like that.
    Making him act like a Dem—convincing him that he doesn't need (and can't get) Republican respect—is our single most important task.

    •  OK, but what moves Congress in 2013? (1+ / 0-)
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      elmo

      I applaud your resolve, and I share it. But realistically, what makes cooperative the House GOP, probably still under the influence of the Tea Party sentiment and its Nay Sayers, and the obdurate filiblusterating minority Republican't Senate under Mitch McConnell?

      Actually, what you said President Obama "doesn't need and can't get" - Congressional GOP respect - is exactly what he does need! Respect that he will do what he says, that he can do what he says.

      So, on matters that require Congressional passage (which is most of the important issues that will - or should - come up in 2013), what do you think will get Obama the respect to muscle his priorities through? Priorities which, as we Progressives well know from experience, are not anywhere near the priorities of members of the GOP Congress?

      Instead of directing his style, what counsel will you give for his substance?

      Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

      by TRPChicago on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 01:05:28 PM PST

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    •  Obama has always talked like that (1+ / 0-)
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      J M F

      and he always will.

      And as long as Republicans retain control of the House, he will need some Republican votes to get any legislation passed. Nobody likes that, but there it is. A fact.

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