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  •  If Obama ever comes to the obvious (21+ / 0-)

    conclusion that he can NEVER trust the rethugs, he might actually be able to get somewhere in his policies.  As long as he thinks he can work with these batshit crazy people, we are doomed.  How come all of us know that and he doesn't see it?  Is he still trying to be the reasonable black man instead of the angry black man?  I've emailed the WH and told him it's okay to be the angry black man because I'm an angry Spanish-American woman.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:47:39 AM PST

    •  He should be showing more righteous anger (8+ / 0-)

      over the disparity in workers' share of GDP and the corporate profit share.  Soon the RW's argument that worker pensions profit from corporate investments will be a fallacy because pensions for workers are becoming extinct.  Yes, and then dependency on Social Security will be even greater at the same time Obama is thinking of chipping away at it.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:05:17 AM PST

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    •  It wouldn't matter, (5+ / 0-)

      the only thing that will make his agenda happen is to get the thugs out of office. If he simply refused to deal with them, as they refuse to work with him AT ALL, nothing would get done AND he'd be (rightfully) blamed for intransigence. As it is, he's clearly been willing to work with them and they have clearly refused to do their jobs.
      The only way he will ever get it rolling is if we do an full court press to get Democrats into the seats, as many as possible so that the thugs are not just a minority but a tiny, toothless, beaten minority, fully refudiated, cast on the trashheap.
      Then, if we can do that for 2014, he'll have two years to do what should have happened in eight.
      We MUST make sure that we don't repeat the mistakes of 2010. We failed Obama not the other way around.
      And it's cost us.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:05:19 AM PST

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    •  What's he's doing is working (5+ / 0-)

      from Paul Begala's column:

      Fortunately for our nation, the president seems to have hit upon a strategy that works. Republicans are more divided and more extreme, while Democrats seem more united and more mainstream. By a 3–1 margin in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, voters say the GOP prefers partisanship to national unity, while a slight plurality views Obama as putting unity before party.

      It seems our supremely rational president has concluded that, rather than trying to reason with his irrational adversaries, it’s better to fight off the bad guys and defeat the forces of reaction.

      The Republicans lost 3 Senate seats that were practically a gimme in 2012. The economy was in poor shape, and every indicator said that Democrats would lose seats and Obama would never get reelected.
      That didn't work out so well for the Republicans.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:14:47 AM PST

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      •  Latest poll(s) show Obama approval taking a hit (1+ / 0-)
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        over the sequester, while at the same time Republicans are getting more of the blame. Taking into consideration GOP approval was already in the crapper, and their total scorched earth policy toward governing, I think they'll take a majority of the blame if Obama's popularity is also down.

    •  Willful ignorance (0+ / 0-)

      Or corruption is my best guess.

      If Obama is bluffing with his grand bargain, because he knows the raving loony party will never accept his "balanced approach" to cutting the deficit, alright. But just to be safe, pressuring Democrats up for re-election in 2014 to block any attempts to cut Medicare and Social Security makes more sense.

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