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  •  I wouldn't have said it quite the same (2+ / 0-)
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    PhilW, Paper Cup

    but I agree with you. The idea that the President can't or doesn't have the political capacity to bend Congress is ridiculous. Doing so has a COST politically, i.e., there is a limited capability to do so on the President's part, but that's not to say it doesn't exist.

    Obama has acted thus far as the only use of this power on his part is to introduce difficult ideas---health care reform, gun control. And then he promptly starts showing his cards in an effort to pass something.

    I'm convinced Obama could have been a truly great President in a different time with a different form of opposition. But he's been hamstrung from the beginning as a conciliator in an age of hatemongers.

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