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    mallyroyal, lcj98, 3goldens

    that if Obama is indeed playing a clever "long game" in which he pretends to be more conservative than he is but not quite conservative enough for the GOP, in order to win over the beltway media and make the GOP look like the extremist party, it's necessary for him to get a lot of criticism from the left, to win the necessary street cred in the Village as "not one of those crazy DFH liberals". For him to be the good cop, we have to be the bad cop. So whether we believe him to be playing 11DC or sincere in his conservatism, it's essential that we criticize him, as unpleasant as it is to his less critical supporters. It's all part of that "long game" in which he punks both right and center.

    Whether or not that's what he's actually doing.

    Of course, it's also necessary that there be Dems who criticize the critics, to make it all seem genuine to the Villagers who aren't exactly chess masters. So I guess you're playing your part too, whether or not it's a part.

    Convoluted enough for you? :-)

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

    by kovie on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 10:11:53 AM PDT

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