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  •  Agreed, but from my perspective. . . (0+ / 0-)

    he's done well a lot more than he's done poorly. Not in relation to ideal circumstances that do not exist, but in relation to the real-world America, i.e., a BADLY dysfunctional, barely-standing democracy with a craven corporate media whose main function is to propagate lies in the interest of big business (which COMPLETELY owns you know which party).

    Progressive policies that benefit non-wealthy people are a very tough sell in this political environment. And yet we now have the Affordable Care Act (which IS what Biden said it is), financial reform, increased CAFE standards, significant GHG restrictions on new power plants on the way, an end to the Iraq War (which our President had the intelligence to oppose before it began), an end to "Don't Ask Don't Tell", an end to the belligerent fear-mongering and war-making that defined the Bush administration (and Osama Bin Laden actually dead), and a vastly less corrupt and more accountable federal government. Again, all despite the constant obstruction of absolutely deplorable Republicans. And President Obama had to fight for every one of those accomplishments (which are just some of more high-profile ones).

    So from my perspective, a lot of the vitriol from the left directed at President Obama is unjustified (and counterproductive), caused by a failure to appreciate the strength of the powers that oppose him, and how that reality must inform his decision-making.

    Also, any party that tries to prevent people of minority races from voting needs to be vanquished ASAP.

    TS

    twitter: @Timeslayer_

    by Timeslayer on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 02:32:45 PM PDT

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      this isn't an assessment of his overall record, it's an assessment of his handling of this issue. and policies that benefit the non-wealthy are enormously popular with the public. the more he fights the republicans, the more popular he will be.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 02:57:57 PM PDT

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      •  Ok. Well I agree that he should not offer. . . (0+ / 0-)

        any concessions to Republicans in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling. I think he himself admitted that he made a mistake in his approach to this situation last time.

        I hope he becomes more popular as he increasingly calls out Republicans specifically for their awfulness. But do you think Republicans will pay for their actions in next year's elections? I don't think they will, b/c (1) they really never have, at least to the degree that would be justified, and (2) they have mastered control of the mainstream media, which bends over backwards to give "equal time" to their lies and never adequately rebuts them for the sake of informing the public. Far too many potential-Democratic voters will still be in the dark and vote Republican out of ignorance.

        I really hope I'm wrong.

        TS

        twitter: @Timeslayer_

        by Timeslayer on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 03:13:00 PM PDT

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