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  •  What I'm picturing is this: (10+ / 0-)

    It's 2015.

    You are Barack Obama.

    2014 was a GOP wave election on the back of over a year of "I/we oppose/opposed the Democrat Party/Obama/Reid/Pelosi Social Security cuts". Citizens United was a tsunami of Social Security shit from minute one.  

    52-3 Republican Senators. Jessie Helms would be a moderate.
    240 House Republicans Representatives. Child labor law repeals were floated.

    It's fucking crazytime. A real political pigfuck.

    Nothing was unworthy of a subpoena or sworn testimony.

    You are watching Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Ron Johnson or Senator Paul Broun, basically whoever won the caucus knife-fight over who was going to be the fucking craziest in the cloakroom before the vote to get the nod, loudly gavel in a gobsmacking ratfuck of a hearing on Ben Ghazi or the Fast and the Furious or some shit they just made up.

    This is the rest of your time in office.

    The House Republicans are talking about who are going to be their impeachment managers. It's a real fight, too. There is some serious bad blood over who is going to be the hardest on the administration. There are enough Democrats left to, maybe, block your removal from office if the filibuster isn't nuked to get rid of you, but not enough Democrats to block your being impeached. Ron Fournier and Fred Hiatt are entertained as all hell by your plight. The same people in the Village who demanded austerity are now gleefully covering each and every fake outrage and impeachment rumor like it's Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the whole Arkansas Project on crack and steroids.

    How can you not realize, at that moment, that none of this had to happen, that you helped, insanely, to do this to yourself?

    Setting aside that austerity is bad policy, which it is, it is also bad politics.

    There is no upside to it. None.

    If you are a non-Movement Conservative, Fred Hiatt, Ron Fournier can't protect you. Alan Simpson and Pete Peterson don't give a shit about protecting you.

    Even if you can't be convinced to be against it because you really want what you think is going to be the good parts of it down the line, you should be against it because your life is going to turn to shit because of it.

    Barack Obama will never face the voters again, this is true.

    What he will, potentially, have to face is Ted Cruz with a gavel and subpoena power. The Democrats who lose their jobs if, say, Chained CPI were to pass into law, would probably get the better deal by just losing their seats in an election.

    The President could get slowly autopsied by the crazies until he's either impeached or leaves office.

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

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:05:07 PM PDT

    •  Eh, He Can't Get Convicted Without 2/3, (3+ / 0-)
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      there will be enough Dems to keep him in office. I don't know why he'd choose to leave, he still has the power of Commander-in-Chief of the military.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:17:04 PM PDT

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    •  There's no reason to expect a (1+ / 0-)
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      Republican "wave" election in 2014...they had their wave in 2010, it's over. There is a danger, likely even, that Democrats will fail to turn out in big enough numbers to retake the House, but there's no sign of energy on either side sufficient to fuel a "wave"...a lot of people who sympathized with the Tea Party are not so happy with them these days, they may just end up staying home as well...2014 may be won by whichever side is marginally less apathetic.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:15:06 PM PDT

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