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  •  I agree for the most part (3+ / 0-)
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    Although I don't think he has "strengthened" them exactly. They have no more, nor less, power than has always been there; though they have chosen not to use it. He has pressed them to step up and do their jobs, but they still haven't exactly embraced the opportunity.

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    by Catte Nappe on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:35:28 AM PST

    •  I see your point . . . (4+ / 0-)

      however, I feel that pressuring them to actually INITIATE and OWN the legislative process, without always posturing in the press about "leadership" (apparently oblivious to the irony), is in effect a vote of confidence that they can and will get it done. . . thus strengthening the body in the long run . . . while making our current crop of Congress critters perhaps seem a little weaker today.

    •  He also learned the lesson of the Clintons. (4+ / 0-)

      Bill Clinton's biggest mistake out of the gate--and an example of his mistaken assumption that being a wheel in Arkansas meant that he and  his people had the chops to play the pro game in D.C.--was in trying to give his unelected wife the role appropriately deeded to Congress.

      It was bad enough that the Executive was going to try to prescribe specific legislation to the Legislative...add in that this supplanting ascribed that role to the First Lady, and leadership of both houses and both parties went berserk. It took Clinton years to overcome the damage...and he mostly did that by adopting Republican pet policy goals as his own.

      Obama knew going into the health care debate that if he tried to do that, he was sunk. Congress had to write the bill; all he could do is define the result parameters that a bill he would sign had to contain. How they got there was up to them...which is why those who complain that he "didn't fight for single payer" really don't understand the politics of the ACA at all.

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      by Dracowyrm on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:45:42 AM PST

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