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  •  Wrong messaging (7+ / 0-)

    I think the talk about how the GOP is 'taking the country hostage', and so forth may be technically correct, but it doesn't provide the proper messaging to the general populace.

    It still contains some element of 'resistance' or fighting against the government which plays right into the hands of those who see Obama as a tyrant who must be opposed at any cost.

    I think a much better and more resonant message would be to follow up on Obama's own message that the Republicans are refusing to pay the debt for what they already have been spent. We have a term for those sorts of people:

    Deadbeats

    This should be the term pushed in the news, on the talk shows, and in speeches. They are nothing more than Deadbeat Republicans trying to weasel their way out of paying what they owe.

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