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  •  But, but, but... (20+ / 0-)

    You've ruined our "Both sides are equally to blame and if anything Obama is the stubborn one here" narrative" and that's just mean. Bad on you Barry!

    Far be it from me to defend Obama here, because I think that the cuts he's offered are idiotic and cruel and totally unnecessary, but on optics, he's got this won hands down. Unfortunately, the media still has its false equivalence glasses on, so they're still stuck trying to push this meme.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:36:44 PM PST

    •  I agree on the idiotic and cruel part (4+ / 0-)

      He may be winning.  We are not winning.

      •  It's a phyrric victory for us (2+ / 0-)
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        But hopefully for him too. Only that will get him off his neoliberal high horse and back down among the people he came from and who took him there.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:02:16 PM PST

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        •  and what odds will you give on that kovie or is it (0+ / 0-)

          just wishful thinking?

          The path the president is following doesn't seem to have any forks ahead in the road for getting back to where he started.

          "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

          by allenjo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:56:37 PM PST

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          •  Ya think? (2+ / 0-)
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            Austerity and neoliberalism invariably lead to their own demise. That may happen after Obama leaves office but it will happen and be a stain on his legacy. A HUGE one, that may well define him, the way that Vietnam did LBJ despite all the good he did at home.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:04:11 PM PST

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            •  so agree, kovie! (1+ / 0-)
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              the legacy for LBJ despite his war on poverty for me will always be

              Hey Hey LBJ - How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?
              for Obama, it does not look so good - as the dem party is headed toward fracture, whether that will be while Obama is in office or will be the end result of his presidency remains to be seen. But I talk to too many disgruntled democrats not to feel that way.

              "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

              by allenjo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:33:39 PM PST

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              •  But the GOP is headed there too (1+ / 0-)
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                The best and most likely outcome I can see is for the GOP to split into the teabaggers and corporatists, Dems to split into corporatists and progressives, corporatists in each party joining forces, teabaggers being marginalized, and progressives no longer being marginalized by corporatists, and everything shifting to the left. Of course, if teabaggers abandon the GOP it'll make it easier for corporatist Dems to join the GOP, which would be bad for us, so I guess this can go either way. Roughly speaking, I think that 1/3 of the country is far right, 1/3 center/corporatist, and 1/3 progressive. How this arranges itself politically is anyone's guess.

                "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                by kovie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:39:50 PM PST

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