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  •  Never Satisfied (9+ / 0-)

    Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing that if President Obama does not 'put out' draft legislation, the republicans claim everything is his fault because he doesn't have a plan.

    But when he does put out draft legislation, they attack him for going to far, butting in, ruining things, poisoning the well, etc.

    It seems to be getting more and more childish by the day.

    Saw a blog post the other day that a polling company discovered that most republicans are in favor of President Obama's immigration policies/suggestions, as long as you do not tell them they are President Obama's.  Once his name is associated with it, they are no longer in favor.

    I would think it would be painful to hold that level of cognitive dissidence at all times.

    •  Exactly, just the word, Obama, sends Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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      smartdemmg, SilverWillow

      over the deep end into hysteria, fear, hate.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:59:51 AM PST

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    •  Not just Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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      askew, wishingwell, SilverWillow

      There are critics here, right in this thread.

    •  They'll keep obstructing until 2016 (2+ / 0-)
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      zizi, SilverWillow

      Because surely the voting public will come to their senses by then and give someone like Rand Paul or Marco Rubio the keys to the kingdom.

      Delusion. Thy name is Republicanism.

    •  Own Goal (0+ / 0-)

      If Democrats leaked this, they made a big mistake.

      The status quo on immigration is not good or fair or humane. However the status quo, for the moment, favors Democrats.

      What Obama should have done is:
      1)Ignore any criticism about him not having/presenting a plan.
      2)Express concerns about Rubio's plan, in fact, subtly attack it from the right. Rand Paul would unsubtly attack it from the far right and the Republican Civil War would be on.
      3)Watch Rubio's bill fail and then take executive actions to ameliorate the situation. Republicans get the blame; Democrats get the credit for the little bit of progress made; and the Democratic nominee gets to campaign for immigration reform and the necessity of a Democratic congressional majority in 2016 to make it happen.

      With this leak, Rubio and Rand Paul have already attacked Obama's plan, from the right, and the pundits will be nitpicking it, and now Obama has to play defense. He should have kept the Republicans on defense long enough for them to start their intraparty civil war.

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