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    My point is that by the one-year point in his presidency, Obama should have been able to discern that unilateral bipartisanship is a loser - despite his noble intentions.  At that point, he really had no choice but to fall back on a strategy of realpolitik, IF he was actually determined to implement his agenda.

    As Bill Clinton was so fond of saying, "Politics is the art of the possible" - meaning none of it ultimately matters unless you can put it into practice (although Clinton generally used it as an all-purpose excuse for selling out progressive causes and rationalizing his "triangulation").

    But the point remains that politics is fundamentally about power: always has been, always will be.  And the reasons why good intentions without the deployment of sufficient power doesn't work can be found in the dynamics of game theory.

    It's far easier to develop constructive dialogue and find common ground with Republicans when they know that you can - and will - kick their asses if they don't play ball.  Their primitive, reptilian psyches simply can't conceive of anything more complex or nuanced than direct stimulus and response.

    Obama's failure to come to terms with that reality was naive.  Well-intentioned, but naive.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 12:09:40 PM PST

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    •  President Obama Itinerary for Day 1 of Presidency: (0+ / 0-)

      6:00 - Wake up, shower, get dressed.
      7:00 - Save the World - global financial system in complete meltdown.
      8:00 - Unpack, hang up shirts.
      9:00 - Find bathrooms.
      10:00 - Be POTUS on everything else.
      11:30 - Lunch

      "I did not have sex with that bridge"

      by Scottsdalian on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 12:25:37 PM PST

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