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  •  Yes, but (29+ / 0-)

    It's going to be an uphill battle, especially given Obama's guy is behind this crap, so get prepared to fight.  After all, let's not forget this earlier battle over control of the internet and post by Kos:

    You have an entire wired generation focused on this issue like a laser, fighting like hell to protect their online freedoms, and it's FUCKING REPUBLICANS who are playing the heroes by dropping support?

    Those goddam Democrats would rather keep collecting their Hollywood checks, than heed the will of millions of Americans who have lent their online voice in an unprecedented manner.

    Are they really this stupid? Can they really be this idiotic?

    Are they really going to cede this issue to Republicans, hand them this massive public victory, then get left with nothing but public scorn when SOPA and PIPA go down in flames?

    •  Congress doesn't give a shit about (6+ / 0-)

      whonis really in charge. Democracy Now had an ex congressman on a couple years ago who admitted they take turns.
      Look at what happens.
      When Bush was president and the Rethugs rammed their awful bills, did one dem filibuster or place a hold?  
      Nope.
      Then in 06, the Dems said 'put us in charge and we will stop the Bush abuses'. Then Pelosi said no to impeachment cuz she was keeping her powder dry.
      Used to be 51 votes won, now you need 60. Why?  
      When the Dems were in power the Rethugs filibustered and placed holds on everything.
      So we elected Mr. Hope.
      What did he do?  
      Put the criminals who wrecked the economy in charge of the economy.
      Did they object to Roberts, Allioto, Lew, the new FBI person?  
      Nope

      Nobel peace prize winner Barack Obama did not just pick up that 3:00 am phone call, but, as has been noted, he mostly stayed on the phone making war and sending out drones for his entire terms in office.

      by snoopydawg on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 01:05:16 AM PDT

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      •  Both (3+ / 0-)
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        koNko, cybrestrike, Phoenix Woman

        The Net Neutrality issue is one that candidate Obama was specifically asked about back when Democrats had control, and of course he gave his usual supportive words, and we believed him.

        The Dems could have codified it into law at that time, but they didn't.

        Both parties later supported SOPA/PIPA, owning to allegiance to Hollywood and Telcos.  The GOP started to back off first when public sentiment turned against those bills, and left Dems holding the bag on the issue.  But there was another chance to codify neutrality into law, this time led by the GOP, but they didn't.

        So if anyone is expecting either party to stand up and force Wheeler to make the ISP's "Common Carriers," they are living in a fantasy.  Such is ONLY going to happen if we have another SOPA/PIPA type reaction.  

        Bottom line, if you want it, get prepared to fight for it.  We can win, but it's going to take a large concerted effort.

      •  Isn't that just a no-win scenario? (0+ / 0-)

        Given that you're correct about the progression of strategy for votes by the public to garner a majority in Senate that, then, failed against the 60 vote mandate doesn't mean it was intentional for this outcome.  I see it more as a well attempted strategy with little other choice that Dems were just unable to score with after a long, successful, run down field.  The bad appointment of Corp Sect's to Cabinet positions, presumably so that those who cared could undo the damage done from a unique perspective of the inside-man, simply led to the triumph of an economic philosophy which couldn't be stopped.  That would be more of a nice try but stopped at the 1st yard line and, now, we are desperately hoping for a field goal.  Missing it will lose a game that was played in the only fashion it could have been.

        "If it takes all night / that'll be alright / if I can get you to smile before I leave." Jackson Browne

        by rainmanjr on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:36:39 AM PDT

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