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  •  Yes! Yes! Yes! (3+ / 0-)

    The President had to do that shit that no one on the left liked back in 2010 and 2011 to set up the Teahadists and the Republicans for this moment right here.

    More of this type of success by the President and Democrats will follow all because of what PBO did (or didn't do, according to some) in his 1st term with regard to bipartianship, "cave" negotiation, etc. It's all about setting them up so he could knock them down with authority; or, if you like, giving them enough of the rope to hang themselves.

    •  I think you're right (1+ / 0-)
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      about Obama's strategy. He came into office, I think, as a man who thought he could persuade Republicans with logic and compromise. He learned that that didn't work, so he has gone to playing the long game and looking 6 or 8 moves ahead. Everything he has done in the last 16 months has been calculated, polled, and vetted (I imagine) by a very savvy bunch of advisers who are already planning to re-take the house in '14 and elect another Democrat to the WH in '16. I mean, he got himself (the first black president) re-elected, for Pete's sake, to a second term with pretty impressive numbers... Imagine an intelligent, well-spoken white guy (or better yet, white gal) running on his platform (including Voting Rights, Immigration, etc) in '16... Take racism out of the equation and we will win by historic numbers, given the current demographics. We would lose none of our Latino brothers and sisters, none of our Black voters (unless the R's nominate some weird black guy - not likely). He has determined that getting gun control legislation out of the way right now will make the issue fade away by '14 and disappear by '16. He has also determined that a very big economic turnaround is unlikely in the next 24 months, so the best strategy is to continue to force the Republicans into a corner and make them accept the blame, come '14 while, at the same time, refusing to let them make the economic recovery any slower (which is about all he can do, right now). By '16 the economy will likely be booming and with a Democratic majority, we will be golden. My sense now is that this is going to go down as a presidency that will resonate for centuries - the $50 dollar bill needs a new face on it.

      Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

      by wyckoff on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:34:53 PM PST

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      •  I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment (1+ / 0-)
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        with one quibble. I am female, so I would love nothing more than for a woman to be the leader of the free world. My concern is that the woman who attains that lofty position will be maligned by the same numbnuts that are bigoted and racist against the president. Only difference will be that their new (old) line of attack, in contrast, will be heavily sexist and mysogynistic (sp?).

        Still, I remain hopeful that Obama's presidency will negate enough of them that a woman president can take the rest of them down with her (our) work in that position. :)

        Barack Obama has elevated the U.S. once again to a stature in the world that no other person could have. History will definitely be kind when it speaks about him, most of us and the U.S. overall during this time. That fact makes it possible for me to herald myself as an American, and I can't thank him enough for that alone.

        •  You could be right about that (1+ / 0-)
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          but the misogyinsts are not as well organized as the racists - just as stupid, I'll grant you, but poorly organized - and women vote in MUCH greater numbers than racists. Together, we have hope. And these days, it doesn't take much hope to brighten my entire day.

          Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

          by wyckoff on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:14:24 PM PST

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