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  •  2014 campaign season started November 7th (16+ / 0-)

    I agree with Armando that the White House seems to have changed its approach.  As a longtime critic of the president's tactics -- and sometimes policies -- I'm happy that he seems to have adopted the more confrontational tactical approach I've been clamoring for since almost the start of the first term.  I had been skeptical until recently, thinking the president was very likely merely posing as an economic populist to get re-elected.  But his performance since the election shows that his campaign was  more likely a reflection of a true change in approach.  I'm still watching closely, and won't be surprised if the White House returns to previous form, but so far I can't complain.

    The 2014 election campaign will be difficult for Democrats, especially the Senate where their chances look even tougher than 2012.  The only way Democrats can buck history and win will be to continue to putthe Republicans on the defensive to push through those economic populist policies despite House Republican opposition.

    The next key moment of judgment for me will be the naming of Tim Geithner's and Eric Holder's replacements.  If Obama picks another Wall Street creature for Treasury, and another corporate lawyer for Justice, the skepticism will return strongly.  

    Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:57:33 AM PST

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      I wonder if Obama does not headfake it to cover for more progressive policy outcomes.

    •  I agree some. (1+ / 0-)
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      Much better than before.  But any spending cuts whatsoever are contraindicated right now.  As Europe is finding out.

    •  i agree with you to a degree... (4+ / 0-)

      while it appears that mr. obama has made some adjustments to his negotiation style, it does not represent the sort of sea change that is needed.  

      i find that his rhetoric on social security and the rest of the social safety net has not changed and still leaves ample weasel room for him to agree to the sort of "compromise" that was on the table in bowles-simpson and the other succeeding attempts at sacrificing the middle class "compromise."

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:13:57 PM PST

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      •  I'm still a skeptic on policy (4+ / 0-)

        I don't mind smart cuts to Medicare over the long term -- there are changes in how health care is delivered that can deliver those, and my group is starting to change the structure of our practice to meet those goals already set.  It's not a stretch to think further savings in Medicare would provide equally good care, especially drug price negotiation.

        Social Security cuts, like chained-CPI, have to be strongly resisted.  I don't hear a lot of clamor for that from Democrats, but won't be in the least surprised if the White House "gives in" to Republicans in last-minute negotiations.

        The second term hasn't even started, so I'm watching and waiting.  I'm hopeful that the change in tactics will presage a change in policy orientation, but won't be in the least surprised to be disappointed.

        Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

        by Dallasdoc on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:00:18 PM PST

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        •  i agree that smart cuts to medicare could be made (1+ / 0-)
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          but i have lost my faith that this administration (which seems so beholden to big pharma, the insurance industry and others) can be trusted to make those.

          for example, just negotiating drug prices would amount to a major cut in medicare costs, but that never seems to wind up on the table, while raising the age of eligibility seems to be the first thing on the mind of the "cutters."  

          i hope that either something unexpectedly good comes out of this, or that the stubborn intransigence of republicans saves us from a bad deal.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:04:04 PM PST

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