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  •  Gene Robinson said pretty much (8+ / 0-)

    the same thing on Hardball with Chris Matthews a few minutes ago. But then he said something else: Well, perhaps President Obama could start throwing a few elbows and make sure that Republicans pay for (their obstruction). He did not elaborate, unfortunately (and, in his inimitable fashion, Chris Matthews, who loves to pretend to dive deeply into these things...was off to the next subject instead of pursuing this intriguing idea that Robinson raised.

    Exactly what kind of "elbows" can President Obama use on Republicans? How can he effectivel be as harsh to them as they are to him, without, of course, becoming what they would then term "unpresidential?"

    And exactly how could President Obama make them pay for some of the things they've done?

    If he could do these things to try to force Republicans to the table or make them pay for not doing so...wouldn't he have done so already?

    Anyone have any ideas?

    •  See my comment above... (4+ / 0-)

      He could also come out publicly and agressively against any more austerity and say loudly and clearly that the poor and the working class in this country have suffered enough in this so called "shared sacrifice".  

      And while he's at it he could lose Pete Peterson's phone number and block his calls...

      And pardon Don Siegelman...


      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:43:22 PM PDT

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    •  Here's one thing (0+ / 0-)

      Have the Justice Department challenge gerrymandering in court. There is already legal precedent they could use, it's just been languishing in obscurity.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:14:01 PM PDT

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    •  Matthews thinks Hillary will run to the right of (1+ / 0-)
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      Obama and that I will vote for her because I'm a stupid woman, so stupid that I apparently want more war and less Social Security.  

      Well, no.

      •  slightly to the right of President Obama (0+ / 0-)

        is what Matthews said. He said she would probably run  slightly to the right, just "one-notch) to the right of President Obama ...on foreign policy. Then, he went on to say he wasn't sure how she would position herself on domestic matters.

        •  If she's to the right on foreign policy (1+ / 0-)
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          it means there will continue to be far, far, far too little money for domestic policy.  

          I also heard them say she's going to be busy giving her $200K speeches for awhile so one can only hope she comes down to earth long enough to connect with some middle Americans if she decides to run because we have two parties who are totally out of touch with the people they claim to represent.

          •  we definitely (0+ / 0-)

            waste far too much money on so-called "defense" (massive amounts that are not remotely needed to "defend" this country, including untold amounts on weapons systems the military doesn't even want)...already. Am not sure what Matthews means when he says Clinton will likely position herself slightly to the right on foreign policy nor what that means in terms of spending/wasting even more money on that...

            ...our entire political system is definitely out of touch with voters...but, then, that's what happens when corporations are given the ok to secretly spend unlimited amounts of money for political purposes.

        •  If I wanted someone to the right of Obama (0+ / 0-)

          I'd vote Republican.  What happened to the actual Democrats?

          You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

          by Johnny Q on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:04:14 AM PDT

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