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  •  It seems that you and I disagree (0+ / 0-)

    on how much leverage Obama actually had.

    You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

    by Gpack3 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 03:09:15 PM PDT

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    •  I apologize for how confrontational it sounded. (3+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, lordpet8, nimh

      I just disagree with the idea that president Obama is some master strategist who is playing 11th dimensional chess.

      Granted, Stephen Wolf's point is a valid one, about the environment being different.

      But Obama also has another disadvantage that wouldn't allow him to do what Johnson did.  Simply put, if we combine his House and Senate tenures, Johnson was in Congress for 24 years.  He knew a lot of these people, and knew what made them tick.  And if he didn't know them personally, he knew how different TYPES of legislators and politicians tended to think.

      President Obama was a senator for 2 years before becoming president.  That's nowhere near long enough to learn those kinds of things.  

      So I guess to be more fair to him, I should just say he's more out of his element than Johnson.

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