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  •  Maureen Dowd, who is not one of my favorite (12+ / 0-)

    columnists, had a good one over the weekend:  No Bully in the Pulpit

    After the Newtown massacre, he and his aides hashed it out and decided he would look cold and unsympathetic if he didn’t push for some new regulations. To thunderous applause at the State of the Union, the president said, “The families of Newtown deserve a vote.” Then, as usual, he took his foot off the gas, lost momentum and confided his pessimism to journalists.

    The White House had a defeatist mantra: This is tough. We need to do it. But we’re probably going to lose.

    When you go into a fight saying you’re probably going to lose, you’re probably going to lose.

    She then goes on to give examples of all the ways Obama could have influenced various Senators, both charming them and arm-twisting them.  Doing "the sell."

    And then she mentions that many Senators do not even know who  Miguel Rodriguez, White House legislative director is (he's the chief schmoozer/arm-twister). And people don't even know who he is?

    Obama hates selling. He thinks people should just accept the right thing to do.
    ...

    The president said the Newtown families deserved a vote. But he was setting his sights too low. They deserved a law.

    I've said it since the State of the Union:  a vote?  Why not call for a certain law or action?  "They deserve a vote" was too cynical, too defeatist by half.

    We deserved a law. And come to think of it, quite a few other laws which haven't really been sold or arm-twisted, either one. They've just died.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:20:03 PM PDT

    •  Maureen Dowd is a tool (3+ / 0-)
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      She's completely compromised.  She's never been passionately for anything, especially while it's a possibility.  Her only interest has been in shooting people (and good ideas) down — usually after everyone else has already spoken anyway.  Her talent is felicity of grousing and whining.  

      Obama lost me after 2008.  Dowd lost me years ago, around the time she pronounced Al Gore unpresidential because he wore "earth tones".  (If not before.) Her character attack on Howard Dean's wife because of the clothes she wore is typical MoDowd bullshit.  

      She's absolutely worthless, and not even worth quoting twice a day when her clock is stopped.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 04:55:42 AM PDT

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    •  oh please. Obama has called for laws many times (1+ / 0-)
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      in state of the union speeches.  The reason to call for a vote is to put the spotlight on the filibuster, which is the instrument used to deny a vote from taking place.  

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