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  •  Obama can mandate by veto (1+ / 0-)
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    and thus allow the BUsh tax cuts to expire.  He holds ALL the cards here.

    •  We'll see if Obama gives away half of his cards (1+ / 0-)
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      to the Repubs before betting opens like he did in the last 3.5 years.  

      And who's to say the Repubs need to go along?  Voters' memories are short and they can easily just give Obama the finger like they have done so successfully since 2008, just this time more subtly. I'd bet they in fact do. I'm suspicious of all this optimism about Obama's political capital.  He had it last time and decided to give half of it or more away to the Repubs.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:33:02 AM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        although I don;t think OBama gave away much from his perspective.  He is a dyed in the wool DLC centrist.  He's got political capital but he's more likely to use it to "reform" SS & Medicare than to strengthen ro enhance those programs, to mollify his left to accept tough love, not drive the right where we'd like to see things go.

        •  I agree with a few definitional differences ... (1+ / 0-)
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          DLC centrist = center right

          strengthen/enhance SS & Medicare = cut and weaken

          The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

          by accumbens on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:56:07 AM PST

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