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  •  I honestly wouldn't put Obama's name (10+ / 0-)

    in the title and here is why:

    We don't have an Obama problem. We have a Democratic Party problem.

    For years, I made the mistake that some, maybe even many, are making with Obama chasing the post-partisan Democrat seeking the magic unicorn of the honest good faith moderate Republican. I saw the Blue Dogs as a usurper, an inworthy outlier cast as the majority voice, instead of a Kabuki gambit that the party itself was encouraging and enabling.

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pushing Chained CPI as much as Obama is.

    Systemic fail, not compartmentalizable.

    Trying to fixate on x, y, or z is a form of kabuki in and of itself.

    My take, after some foolish participation in the Sux Rox Obama fights in the past, is that there is a lot of really unfortunate compartmentalization going on over Obama that obscures the reality that it's a systemic problem, not a problem that can be isolated on key figures who have committed outlier acts of betrayal but are not representative of the whole.

    That's a con we perpetrate on ourselves if we get caught up in it.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:27:57 AM PDT

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    •  Agree - looking to one person not enough (3+ / 0-)
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      the president is not the big daddy who will make everything right if he just behaved himself

      the target is the Democratic Party

      and the Supreme Court, and the entire "justice" system which has more and more provided support to the 1%

      need a massive education in citizenship to take the country back from what Chris Hedges calls a corporate coup d'etat

    •  Agreed. Neither political party is keen on (1+ / 0-)
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      the people governing. Republicans like telling the people what to do and Democrats like doing for the poor. That's how they divided the playing field. There is no room for the people being the referee.
      And that's not just true in Washington. Political organizations on the state level are the same. That's why Dean started up DFA and Obama is continuing with OFA. Neither, unfortunately, have managed to exploit the kind of personal involvement we see here at KOS. I think it's partly a distrust of the electronic infra-structure and an inability to just let people do their thing. The electronic communications component seems to be not just a lack of technical expertise. If it were, then the White House effort wouldn't be so clunky. Ditto for the DNC effort and now OAF. Unless it's an echo, two-way communication is not appreciated.
      The Wells Fargo fellow didn't want to hear Ms. Badro's story. OFA doesn't want to hear stories it hasn't invited, either.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:14:48 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know what Reid and Pelosi are doing (0+ / 0-)

      On the one hand, they're parroting WH talking points. On the other, I notice Obama leaves them out of negotiations every chance he gets, running off by himself with Boehner, sending Biden to negotiate directly with McConnell, keeping Reid out of the loop last year, etc. One really creepy thing that's been happening is the breakdown of the division between the WH and Congress. It's as if Pelosi and Reid are now somehow subordinates of the President, whereas traditionally the President isn't supposed to be "above" a Congressman or Senator in that way. Now, if your party has a President in the WH, apparently you're supposed to march along behind him in lockstep, keep your mouth shut, and a tight smile on your face.

      Apparently we now all agree with our President 100%, as the Bush folks used to say.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:52:52 AM PDT

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