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  •  Fortunately, the president doesn't have to (3+ / 0-)
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    worry about reelection.

    And his legacy (stripped of all the lies being told about him) will survive very well.

    The GOP will continue to harumph its way into oblivion.

    I'm not an atheist. How can you not believe in something that doesn't exist? That's way too convoluted for me. - A. Whitney Brown

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:38:53 AM PDT

    •  Worrying about re-election (2+ / 0-)
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      Well, "not having to worry about re-election" isn't such a good thing. If he wants to cut Social Security and Medicare---which he clearly does, he'll never have to face the electoral consequences. And that changes the incentive structure for him.

      •  At this point- if I were him- I'd be (0+ / 0-)

        keenly interested on a 'big' deal that included cuts to SS and Medicare.  He needs it, politically, since the ACA is somewhat foundering.

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:57:31 AM PDT

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    •  His legacy now includes not just the drone strikes (4+ / 0-)

      but also all the spying by NSA.  It's rarely mentioned that the surveillance started under Bush/Cheney but after four+ years in office in theoretical control of NSA, the worldwide spying and vacuuming up of all data is square on his shoulders.  Either he knew (very likely) about how wide-spread the spying was and didn't rein them in, or he didn't know the actions of one of the largest and most powerful branches of government - basically NSA and Homeland Security wrapped up together.  Given Attorney General Holder's failure to prosecute many areas of the law, this is very much part of his legacy.

    •  I'll ignore the jerks here and second your (1+ / 0-)
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      thoughts. And I used to worry about approval numbers but I know that they rise and fall and then rise again. No biggie.

      "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

      by Wildthumb on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 08:00:03 AM PDT

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    •  Obama's approval rating (1+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z above where Bush spent his entire second term, if I'm reading the chart correctly.

      Of course, that's a DAMNED low bar to clear.

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 08:07:49 AM PDT

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