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  •  Good luck getting the average American (3+ / 0-)
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    to read anything more challenging that My Pet Goat. There are really only two ways of getting Americans to push for or support Obama standing up to Repubs.

    One is for Obama himself to make a direct appeal to the public to rally to his side and help him stand up to Repubs, and explain why this is important even if it entails some possible economic pain to them.

    And the other is for people like us to organize a tea party-like movement of regular people (representative of all Americans this time) that demands that the tax and regulatory policies of the past be restored, and that the government invest massively in needed infrastructure.

    I don't have much hope in the first option, as I think that Obama's exhausted from the campaign and is in no mood or state to effectively begin a new campaign. Plus, it's not really his style. He dismantled OFA after 2008, and I doubt he wants to alienate the GOP by siccing it after them now. He is WAY too gracious in victory, and eager to avoid a legislative fight.

    Which leaves only the second option. And I doubt most Americans will be responsive to it so soon after this election. They need a few months to recover from it and enjoy the holidays, and perhaps some motivator, such as having their taxes raised unnecessarily in a still recovering economy. Which is why it would be smart for Obama to call Repubs' bluff, let them let us go off this "cliff", and once Americans start to feel the consequences in their paychecks, hope that they'll blame Repubs, not Obama. At which point it will be possible to rally them.

    If Obama is really serious about calling their bluff, he will indicate it through his public messaging. It would be insane to stand up to Repubs and not try to rally the public to his side and explain to them why he needs to do this, even if it risks some near-term pain for them. We'll find out soon enough. Either way, I think the left will have to organize the public against Repubs. Even if he wants to fight them, he can't do it on his own.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:35:27 AM PST

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    •  He seems to have no (3+ / 0-)

      problem with telling people that they need to eat their peas and catfood and share the 'sacrifice'. This administration is not going to fight for a equitable  economy it's not what they want. They are Rubanites who at this crucial time are running around pumping bogus deficit hysteria. Peter Orzag wrote an article yesterday saying that SS 'reform' is on the table and at the same time said SS had nothing to do with the deficit.

       I  think most people at least those who voted for the Democrat's and are not upside down pig ignorant are well aware of the fact that austerity and fiscal cliffs of mass deception means that we the people are getting screwed again. You don't have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind blows. Facilitating the Republican's agenda which is extreme and disastrous cannot be sold to the public as compromise or 'reform'.    

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