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  •  Yes lets tell everyone Govt is not functioning (0+ / 0-)

    why dont we just say to everyone what a bunch of losers we are and blame it on the republicans.

    On the other hand, 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.
    •  As republicans but not democrats have learned (0+ / 0-)

      "why dont we just say to everyone what a bunch of losers we are "

      As republicans but not democrats have learned you just leave that part out and then blame the other guy to be politically effective.  Most people are just looking for the most comfortable path through life.  Most will not invest in the highly uncomfortable activity of thinking to make that a key ingredient of their decision making.

      In Washington everyone knows that they are in part responsible for the dysfunction and failure of government.  What differentiates the political winners and losers is the differential ability to blame it all on someone else and get away with it to your advantage with the broader public at large.

      Obama thought that he could change this, but the reality is that the current situation is just is a reflection of how human minds work and if you don't take into account how brains actually work you don't realize that trying to change that is a fool's errand.

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