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    Or maybe it's just becoming clear that Obama doesn't have the strength to stand his ground and face them down. Here's one of the Washington establishment correctly calling him out:

    It is worth noting how different the Democrats’ approach to sequestration has been to the GOP’s approach to, well, everything. Over the past five years, Republicans have repeatedly accepted short-term political pain to win the leverage necessary for long-term policy gain. That’s the governing political principle behind their threats to shut down the government, breach the debt ceiling, and, for that matter, accept sequestration. Today, Democrats showed they’re not willing to accept even a bit of short-term pain for leverage on sequestration. They played a game of chicken with the Republicans, and they lost. Badly.
    My suspicion is that Obama had much more power to set the agenda with the public then he thought he did after the horrors of the Bush Administration and completely squandered it - Twice - by not stiffening his spine and pursuing his policy agenda like he really meant it instead of trying to find the middle ground with rightwing batshit crazy. Again. And again. And again. And again. And again. To the point that even the most feckless of Charlie Brown's would've wised up and told Lucy to shove it. Forget about 11 dimensional chess. At this point I don't think he could win a game of hopscotch against an obese guy on crutches.

    Obama doesn't need defending. Someone needs to tell him to wake the fuck up.

    “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men experience it as a whole. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” - Helen Keller

    by Jason Hackman on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:07:09 PM PDT

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