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  •  I agree with the premise (7+ / 0-)

    that the Democrats have an existential crisis on their hands now.

    Preserving the Social Safety net and trying to preserve the American middle class are the only real reasons to vote Democratic straight ticket. The Democrats seem hell bent on pissing both away in the name of an illusion.

    Any gains in any "Grand Bargain" will be temporary.

    The pain will be permanent. The rollbacks.

    They have gone from looking like occasional suckers and chumps, to openly embracing that they are just as big a part of the problem as any in DC.

    It will be very, very hard for non-beltway Democrats do undo the damage they will have done to their brand here. They cannot credibly claim they were conned. They can't credibly claim they couldn't possibly know what would happen post Chained CPI debate.

    Barack Obama has built up the Barack Obama brand. Very similarly to Bill Clinton, Obama didn't build up the Democratic Party during his time in office. He created his own legacy and brand.

    When Obama is gone, his brand is gone.

    But the albatross of Chained CPI will be left behind to hang around the necks of the party he leaves behind.

    He doesn't have to run again, they do.

    Which is why their actions are baffling. There is no upside to doing this for them. None. And it's so blatant that this is the case that even the most low-information voter can see it.

    The American Crossroads ads, and the Village role in giving the GOP the ability to frame themselves as Social Securities defenders that write themselves, and the blowback to follow, which will have dire implications for Obama going forward as President... couldn't be more apparent.

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

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:01:44 AM PDT

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    •  Also (8+ / 0-)

      Nancy Pelosi has really made a huge mistake here. This is like spitting in the face of everyone who raised their voices when Heath Shuler pulled his little obnoxious Blue Dog/DLC grandstanding stunt to take her job after the House loss.

      I expect Harry Reid to be a weasel. He's my Senator and I know him well.

      There is no pragmatic explanation for such sheer stupidity. There is no upside. The downside, the risk, and the awful damage is all there staring all of us right in the face.

      I think we need, at a minimum, new Congressional Leadership in both the House and the Senate.

      You can't fix stupid.

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

      by LeftHandedMan on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:06:14 AM PDT

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    •  Only one out for Democrats (10+ / 0-)

      Campaign against Obama's austerity agenda.  If they don't rebel, they'll be out on their asses.  A populist agenda is out there --  the CPC just put out their annual too-sane-to-be-acknowledged budget -- but unless the party embraces it as a party and rejects Obama's Great White Whale obsession, they won't get the credit they don't deserve.

      If they fail and Republicans get back in charge, the time to kill off the Democratic party and go back to something like the militancy of the early labor movement will finally have arrived.  With the militarization of the police we've seen, that'll be ugly.

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:06:22 AM PDT

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    •  Well, you know, a safety net assumes (2+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, LeftHandedMan

      that the performer is doing something reckless and making a spectacle of himself.
      Human beings, having been brought to life through no action or fault of their own, are entitled to sustenance. Period. The notion that life is a right, but living has to be earned needs to be rejected.
      Those who are here have obligations to the past and to the next generation. That's the essence of social organisms. Individuals can claim to be independent and self-supporting, but, whatever the motivation for that claim, the claim is false. It simply doesn't comport with reality. Humans are born weak and unable to support themselves and, unless somebody provides support they perish. So, in spite of themselves, they incur an obligation. They owe a debt. That some can't see that is a problem, but the way to deal with it is not to propound a myth.
      Some creatures are independent, but humans aren't one of them.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:48:57 AM PDT

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