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  •  Like gun control? (0+ / 0-)

    Popular with no chance of passing. Gun control, he fights for until it sinks his approval rating. Medicare for all, he doesn't even bring up for debate.

    As I said, he makes his choice regardless of the popularity of the issue. To say Obama's decision on keystone is tied to public opinion and he's not responsible for making the decision to approve it is just lying to yourself. The president is willing to do unpopular things if he feels personally invested in it.

    "If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." - Henry David Thoreau

    by Jason Hackman on Fri May 31, 2013 at 01:10:30 PM PDT

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    •  When did it sink his approval rating? (0+ / 0-)

      Healthcare reform passed, gun control didn't. Maybe it wasn't the greatest bill ever but it passed. Pushing solutions that had no chance of passing would have surely killed it. I never said that people are not responsible for their own decisions. But it is important to note that certain things that are considered blindingly obvious by many people (e.g. Keystone needs to be rejected) are actually quite unpopular.

      •  KXL doesn't require congressional votes (0+ / 0-)

        unlike gun control and healthcare so public opinion is really required here. I really don't get this line of reasoning. He should cave to public opinion, because for some unexplainable reason it's necessary to stand up for his own convictions in this case, where it hasn't been necessary (or completely ignored) in many others. Got it. Uh, wait.... no.

        Why don't you just admit this is a b.s. attempt to pre-emptively shield Obama from what undoubtedly will be an unpopular decision if he makes it? Because, let's face it, if he's jerked around on this for well over a year and still decides to approve KXL it'll piss progressives off in a big way that no amount of shielding will protect him from.

        "If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." - Henry David Thoreau

        by Jason Hackman on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:02:45 AM PDT

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