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  •  Glad handing? No.. dealing? Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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    Everyone in Congress has their own priorities besides party ideology.

    First, and foremost, is getting re-elected.  Secondly is getting bills passed and making contributors (and even the electorate!) back at home happy.

    So, a savvy president would look at each Senator individually and determine what the deal would be.  Was Keystone XL not up for dealing in exchange for a vote on background checks?  EPA regs?  Greasing the skids for a pet project?

    For cripes sakes..  This isn't rocket science, but it seems beyond the grasp of this President.

    •  So you would cave on Keystone XL? I would not. (4+ / 0-)

      I understand wheeling and dealing.  I am just saying there is NOTHING these guys WANT more than saying "no" to President Obama.

      As for your contention that

      Everyone in Congress has their own priorities besides party ideology
      I am not sure that is true, anymore, except for lining their pockets with Koch money.

      If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy ( inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

      by Outraged Mom on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:08:54 AM PDT

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      •  Yes.. I would deal Keystone XL! (0+ / 0-)

        By not dealing it, President Obama indicates gun registration is not as high a priority.

        And, btw, there are 2.5 million miles of pipeline in the US currently... with thousands of miles of it sitting right on top of the Ogallala aquifer.  The issue of this pipeline has been expanded way beyond its meaningfulness.  I would deal away this issue in a minute for legislation I felt so compassionately about as President Obama seems to be about gun control.

        •  XXL (1+ / 0-)
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          Maybe you haven't been watching the last few years. The way it's working anything Obama offers is taken, nothing is gotten in return. There ought to be background and intelligence tests for our representatives.

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