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  •  This is so obvious that it's fair to wonder (13+ / 0-)

    if the President wants to make the GOP pay any political price at all.

    President Obama could make this a real fight. He could put forward nominations for every single vacancy and then make daily noise about how those nominees are being blocked by Republicans, and how that is making government not function. And blame it, every single day, on the Republicans. The only thing that will make Republicans stop their obstruction is if they have to pay a bigger political price for it.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:05:53 AM PDT

    •  Listen to PBO himself: He IS a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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      when it comes to economic interests.  Just because he's not a new style Randian radical Republican doesn't mean he's a Democrat.  Hell, look at the "Democrat" that he appointed to head his debt/deficit commission.  If Bowles is a real Democrat, then I'm a Bolshevik.

              IMO, a continuing error progressives make is that many of them assume that, because Obama is black and calls himself a Democrat and occasionally uses progressive rhetoric when it suits his electoral purposes, that he really gives a shit about traditional progressive economic causes and the Democratic party.  Almost all the evidence -- his actual behavior -- suggests otherwise.  I challenge the PBO defenders here to name ONE progressive ECONOMIC goal for which he has actually FOUGHT rather than just using as a bargaining chip to be sacrificed readily in his compulsive desire to be the Grand Bargainer -- a.k.a., the only adult in the room who brings together the squabbling adolescents of the left and the right.  

      "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

      by Oliver St John Gogarty on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:42:07 AM PDT

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    •  The opposite is true (0+ / 0-)

      Based on Obama's actions and not his words, he wants to shield the GOP from reprisal for their obstruction, not hold them accountable.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:22:38 AM PDT

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