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  •  It's a crime family. (6+ / 0-)

    Anyone remember Valerie Plame? I could multiply examples. Obama's big mistake was in thinking of this group as a political party with a mere difference of opinion that could be resolved through compromise.

    No. It's a crime family that gets its money from operations throughout the world. They only think of one thing: Power.

    That's why they would reject a health plan (Romneycare) they authored and a Secretary of Defense who was Republican and, I could go on.

    They've made the calculation that to regain power they must discredit government and destroy it in the eyes of Americans, all the way from the Post Office to the DC Circuit Federal Courts and beyond. They will sabotage and destroy.

    And yes, Nixon set the tone because, you see, if the President does it, it is no crime.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30:12 AM PDT

    •  I don't think that Obama really believes that (2+ / 0-)
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      I think that at all times it was a convenient fiction he claimed to subscribe to so as to appeal to clueless Friedmanesque centrists who buy into such nonsense (or pretend to because it's convenient). Obama is many things but most of all a master of the contemporary gestalt. We WANT to be lied to, because it's easier than facing reality, and he's really good at playing off of that.

      Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to be an effective politican if you can't.

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

      by kovie on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:47:19 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps. (2+ / 0-)
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        But he is going nowhere. I think he has no choice but to call attention to their sabotage and obstruction. Judicial vacancies are not being filled, he can barely get a Secretary of Defense even when the previous one announced his retirement, can't get a head of the Consumer Protection Board.....can barely keep the government funded and now has across the Board cuts of 10%, which will adversely affect the employment picture in a way that is not clearly and directly attributable to Republicans.

        He has to do something and can no longer keep his little secret, if that is what he is doing.

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:07:16 PM PDT

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        •  Problem is (6+ / 0-)

          That he's boxed himself into a political corner by running and governing as a post-partisan, non-confrontational "uniter", and whenever he tries to escape this stupid label, he gets attacked by the right and even media as a hypocrite (and perhaps rightfully so, although this is a form of hypocrisy I welcome). So he tends to retreat back into nice guy mode each time he tries this.

          Also, he isn't by nature a fighter, nor does he appear to believe in anything more progressive than what the DLC advocated for 25 years ago. So both politically and personally, I just don't see it happening. He may yet do many good things in his second term, and will likely try to pull off some huge foreign policy coup in his last year or two, but in terms of the big things, I think his presidency is effectively over and it's time to think beyond him.

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

          by kovie on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:24:53 PM PDT

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          •  It was over in his first year. (1+ / 0-)
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            He has nothing, nothing to lose and needs to come out swinging like a madman.

            If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

            by Bensdad on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:27:28 PM PDT

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            •  He has everything to lose (4+ / 0-)

              Right now he's secured his legacy as a good enough president to be past the Ford, Carter and Bush I comparisons, and doesn't need to exceed them to merit annual invitations to Davos, Aspen and Bill Gates' house. If he tries to do anything bigger, he risks screwing that up, for little to nothing in return. So I expect him to govern even more conservatively than he did in his first term, especially given that he's not a risk-taker or fighter by nature, who likes to talk big but act medium. I.e. another Clinton.

              At most, he might give a series of carefully worded speeches during his last year or so intended to warn us about the environmental and economic dangers that confront us and serve as a call to action, while leaving it up to a future president to actually deal with them, akin to Eisenhower warning us against the growing power of the MIC as he himself did all he could to build it up. Presidents like to give legacy-saving mop-up speeches on their way out, as they hand the real mop to the next guy or gal.

              And I completely agree, his presidency was over before his first year was done, possibly before the first 100 days, at least in terms of being about truly big and important things that urgently need to be dealt with.

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

              by kovie on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:35:54 PM PDT

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    •  I think you're giving Obama too much credit. (2+ / 0-)
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      Obama's big mistake was in thinking of this group as a political party with a mere difference of opinion that could be resolved through compromise.
      Given the fact that so many senior Republicans have pursued polices that are criminal in nature and often border on treason, I doubt that President Obama seriously believed that any significant compromise was possible with such people.

      While Obama may have believed that Republican obstruction would have been less monolithic, it is clear that he was always determined to Get Something Done within the constraints of the system. Way too many Democrats on this site have accepted Obama's "pragmatic" approach to policy implementation. Unfortunately, he has squandered a golden opportunity to give the American people the change that they so desperately needed and obviously desired.

      While the majority of the American people suffers from a well cultivated and systematic geopolitical ignorance, they have long recognized the fact that they are oppressed by a fundamentally corrupt and dysfunctional system of misgovernance; that is why Obama's message of "Change" struck such a deep and profound chord. When Obama came to power, the corrupt system was teetering on the brink of collapse; his failure to seize the opportunity for real, fundamental change will be seen as one of the more tragic failures in American history.

      In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

      by xynz on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:39:34 PM PDT

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