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  •  I don't care what kind of jeans (3+ / 0-)

    the President wears, but I'm damned tired of him not standing up for his own nominees. He's got power, in this, if he'd just use it, instead of waiting around to see if anyone objects and then folding.

    He's not the worst president we've had, but he's surely a wet-tissue-paper president. As in, he can't figure his way through a piece of it.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:24:15 PM PDT

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    •  This is BS (3+ / 0-)
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      gramofsam1, Loose Fur, SoCalSal

      What power does he have? Libs have bought into the Green Lantern cult of the presidency crap. This thread is devolving into Obama's weakness when the culprits are grown ass Senstors who aren't children that would simply behave if the president was firmer. You guys sound like Morning Joe.

      •  He's the president: he can (2+ / 0-)
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        VirginiaJeff, tgrshark13

        tell the Democrats in Congress that if they want his support, they have to support his nominees. Hell, he can push the nominees in meetings. Letting them sit in Congress for weeks or months is the sign of a weak president: he's letting the nominations die from neglect. Where are the Senators who should be defending them? Where are the newspaper stories about them, so we can learn about them?

        Don't give me that BS about 'what power does he have'. I remember LBJ, and ever president since him, all but one of whom were capable of getting nominees through Congress.
        And if you're going to use that line about 'libs have bought into' - remember where you are, and that you're on a blog where people haven't forgotten what presidents can do and how to shove them.

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:53:17 PM PDT

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        •  What you are ignoring, PJ, (0+ / 0-)

          are the intransigent republicans who have used the filibuster more during Obama's term(s) than in all other presidential terms combined, and the weakness of Senate Democrats for not changing filibuster rules. You are also ignoring election politics, where the almighty dollar reigns supreme, and billionaires and special interests pour $$millions into attack ads to an unprecedented degree.

          And LBJ? He didn't have the same level of republican intransigence and Democrats held supermajority in both the House and Senate.

          So your memory isn't serving you too well, is it?

      •  So, we can stop sweating presidential elections... (0+ / 0-)

        because, "What power does he have?"

        I'm a Christian, therefore I'm a liberal.

        by VirginiaJeff on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:29:34 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)
        You guys sound like Morning Joe.
        This diary and the comments are a big whine fest from people who are unrealistic about the presidency, the role of congress, and the state of today's ineffectual government in facing big money influence and polarized voters.

        I do hold those Democratic Senators responsible for caving to the NRA. No doubt the NRA was effective in galvanizing its members to inundate those Senators' mailboxes with pro-NRA talking points, too. I'd like to know if the Senators who caved are up for re-election in the midterms. They should be notified that caving on this appointment will hurt their chances more than standing up for the NRA will help them.

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