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  •  Umm, you might say the same thing of some (3+ / 0-)
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    current Democrats. Didn't the President himself admit he'd be considered a moderate Republican 40 or 50 years ago? The lines about party get blurry. What bothers me about Hagel are his actions, not his label. For me he's been wrong more than he's be right and that needs to be the standard by which we judge him.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:18:54 PM PST

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    •  he said his economic policies (1+ / 0-)
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      would have been considered moderate republican, in the 80s. which also is not exactly comforting. but you're right that hagel should be judged by his actions. but his actions also represented why he was a republican.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:42:32 PM PST

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    •  my take on this is simple: presidents who surroun (5+ / 0-)

      themselves with people who only hold the exact same views are limited in their perspective of the greater whole.

      having those with divergent opinons serves to either reinforce your earlier position and strengthen it OR it makes you re-evaluate your choices and see if they are to be made better.

      i don't want to ever be surrounded by those who ONLY hold what i think - there is no growth that way - it is by having one's views challenged from a well thought out, educated perspective that BOTH sides grow to a better solution!

      [side note: first time two handed typing!  stitches out of fingers yesterday and slowly the movement is returning!  WOOT!]

      •  The "Team of Rivals" approach certainly has (1+ / 0-)
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        value. But if Obama only surrounds himself with people to his right ideologically what will that do to his decision making process? I'd like a few more solidly left members in his cabinet. So color me unimpressed with Hagel as a pick.

        But awesome news about the recovery! W00T! indeed.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:47:52 PM PST

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        •  He is to the left of Obama on foreign policy. (2+ / 0-)
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          •  Barely. I'm still not impressed. n/t (0+ / 0-)

            What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

            by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:21:29 PM PST

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