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  •  And so it begins (5+ / 0-)

    I predicted just a few weeks ago that Elizabeth Warren would lose her True Progressive Tiara™ by the end of this summer due to the hard votes she will have to cast in the Senate.

    Al Franken has already been thrown under the bus here at DK because of his 'sell-out' votes.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, abides because he possesses the same Reality Distortion Field as did Steve Jobs.

    There was only one joker in L.A. sensitive enough to wear that scent...and I had to find out who he was!

    by virginislandsguy on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:45:15 AM PDT

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    •  Not so fast... (1+ / 0-)
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      To start, I agree that all three should be called out for giving a pass on obviously bad politics and strategy by the White House.  Nobody should be immune from constructive and criticism on bad actions.  But let's keep the larger picture in mind as we do so.

      Elizabeth Warren is still a newbie and had been spending a lot of energy/capital grilling big finance.  She can't win all the battles herself, and I would rather her be able to continue fighting that fight than sacrifice herself on the altar of fighting poor strategy from the President, at least in this case.

      Bernie does a lot of good and speaks out regularly for the needs of actual people over corporations.  He's no great on everything, but at least he serves as a solid counterpoint on many issues.  I don't see throwing him under the bus for not carrying the weight on this, either.

      Al Franken, to be honest, I don't really know what he's done for us since he got into office.  I never had high hopes for him and he seems to have been mostly neutered by the comity of the Senate.  I'm open to being educated on that, but I don't see him as someone who's really producing for us anyways.  Still wouldn't throw him under the bus on just this because I think this mess is fundamentally the President's error and responsibility.

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