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    the fiction that the debt must be addressed right now in the midst of an exceedingly fragile recovery, I can only conclude that

    1) The administration is ignoring the lesson of 2010 and believes they can play the "Republicans are worse" fear card one more time to generate Dem voter turnout in the midterm election;

    or (more likely)

    2) Republican retention of the majority in the House actually serves the interest of the president's political agenda.

    Despite Obama's populist rhetoric in the lead up to this past election, we have four years of ample and glaring evidence that the president's core ideology is out of sync, in many key respects, with the majority of the Democratic base.

    With a divided Congress, Obama retains the ongoing excuse that, "Hey, we're doing the best we can, given the roadblock in the House."

    I have no illusion that OFA has the ability or the desire to morph into a policy centered organization generating grass roots support for substantive and necessary reform. OFA is, and will continue to be, an electoral entity. While they were hugely successful in saving the country from a mittster presidency, they'll not likely duplicate that success in the midterm election.

    The fear of a Romney presidency was a huge motivator for millions of Dems. With the passage of some version of Obama's Grand Bargain (whether it occurs now during the lame duck session, or shortly after the convening of the new Congress), Dem base enthusiasm in 2014 will be just as anemic as it was in 2010.

    I'll put my hopes in a reinvigorated Occupy movement to generate support for progressive policy. OFA is fatally compromised by its primary mandate - rationalizing the president's goals and actions, no matter what they may be.

    "And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory." - Krugman

    by WisePiper on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:03:47 PM PST

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