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  •  Glad he is doing this. (16+ / 0-)

    It is the only way.

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    by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:26:02 AM PST

    •  P.S. To the pundits who (18+ / 0-)

      say "Obama must lead," this is leadership.  

      Most pundits who say this actually mean "Obama must give the Republicans everything they demand."  It's a Republcian talking point they adopt.

      Good blog post on pundit bs:

      I'm beginning to think an infectious disease is spreading in the nation's capital. Symptoms include memory loss (forgetting everything Republicans have done in recent years), blurred vision (an inability to see obvious GOP ploys), and an uncontrollable urge to blame "both sides" for everything, even when it doesn't make any sense.

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       Indeed, the Post's editors seem to have come down with an especially acute case today, as evidenced this bang-your-head-against-your-desk editorial on the sequester, which cavalierly ignores the paper's own reporting, and demands that President Obama "lead" by somehow getting congressional Republicans to be more responsible.

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      Apparently, Obama is supposed to use Jedi mind tricks that will make people in the other party -- the party that has nothing but contempt and disgust for his presidency -- do what he wants them to do.

      And if the president doesn't do this, Obama is, by definition, responsible for Republicans' opposition to a bipartisan agreement.

      This is more than crazy. The media establishment's incompetence is having a direct role in contributing to a broken and unconstructive process.

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      by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31:02 AM PST

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      •  Short of Jedi mind tricks, couldn't Obama threaten (0+ / 0-)

        to direct as many of the funding cuts as possible to Congressional districts of Republicans, or districts of any representative who won't come to the table to negotiate in good faith?  

        I remember after he was elected Nixon transferred the Seabees from Quonset, Rhode Island (a state that didn't vote for him) to someplace in South Carolina, which he carried.  Obama could at least threaten to do the same kind of thing.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:18:07 PM PST

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    •  Not according to Lynn Sweet. (2+ / 0-)
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      Just saw her on MSNBC and she said the President needs to get a new gig (paraphrasing) because this one is not working.  According to her, he needs to lead and stop blaming the GOP.

      Our media is officially dead.  How in the world can anyone who has lived through the past 4 years say with a straight face that the President can lead the House to do anything???

      As a bonus, Ed Rendell (who is really working my last nerve) was pushing the same crap.  He of the "Fix the Debt" sham goes on every show talking about the President has to put entitlements on the table and that will bring the GOP to table with revenue.  It is maddening to hear this from a Democrat.  He has the gall to say this right after he admits that the President has put COLA on the table!!

      Everyone repeat after me:  The GOP will do whatever it takes to PROTECT THE RICH from paying a single dime more than they already do.  If you know this going in, you won't make such asinine statements about the President getting a deal with these people.  

      •  They need to stop paying Rendell because (4+ / 0-)
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        He isn't any good at propaganda.  His answer is always entitlement reform even when it has nothing to do with the question.  He even confuses the talking heads half the time.  

        I mean they must be paying him for every time he gets the phrase on the air.  Why don't they just get one of those talking stuffed animals that repeat a phrase every time you poke their tummy?

      •  Respectfully, he has put the Chained CPI on the (0+ / 0-)

        table--repeatedly, according to Bob Woodward, Matt Bai, and a host of less well-known mainstream print reporters.

        As for Ed Rendell--he is doing exactly what the Dem Leadership wants and needs him to do.  

        Since Rendell no longer holds elective office, he can 'carry the message' without fear of electoral blowback.

        The intent is to put a Dem out-front "to take the slings and arrows," who has nothing to lose.  Clever, eh?

        And Rendell's constant harping on "entitlement reform" is meant to 'give cover' to all Dems, or at least to those who intend to go along with the Republicans, on this issue.

        Washington is nothing, if not cynical.  [I know--I worked for over twenty years in the federal government, LOL!]

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:01:33 PM PST

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