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  •  Why hasn't he repealed the Secret Amendment? (6+ / 0-)

    Obama has done so little to resist Republican filibusters, you would think that there was a secret Constitutional Amendment raising the number of votes needed to get something through the Senate to 60.

    Republicans practically bet their lives on the Barackzilla caricature. How do they explain Obama's failure to demand a straight up or down vote on so much essential legislation beginning with the Stimulus bill.

    (On a related note, I think the reason he didn't demand a straight up or down vote was because he wanted to show the centrists that he was as tired of Washington skirmishing as they were; but they did not deign to notice. Instead, they demanded that he should position himself to be halfway between the position he takes and the Republicans; and his attempt to satisfy them only made them demand that he move to halfway between that and the GOP.)

    Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

    by Judge Moonbox on Fri May 09, 2014 at 08:24:57 PM PDT

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    •  I think the reason he didn't demand a straight up (3+ / 0-)

      or down vote in the senate was because Presidents don't get to make demands of the Senate.  The can MAKE the demands, of course, but they can't make the Senate obey the demands.  

      I suspect Obama - and all newly elected Presidents - let themselves in for a rude awakening, after having promised the moon to the electorate during the campaign, when he discovers he has almost no power at all.  All the power resides in Congress - which is probably how it should be.  But when you have a congress that would rather be thrown out on its collective arses than agree to anything Obama even remotely suggests he's in favor of, then Obama's awakening has been even ruder than usual.

      In some ways, I feel sorry for him.  He's the least supported president in history.  More people hate him, for far fewer rational reasons, than hated Nixon for whatever reason.

      "Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives." - John Stuart Mill, 1806 - 1873

      by Terry S on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:19:02 PM PDT

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    •  By jove you've got it Judge (2+ / 0-)
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      How, anyone can pretend we've a "tyrant" in the White House, that can be denied his will, 470 times by the opposition, and find the only way to get anything done, is to move it, as you say, halfway to the right from his starting point, and then, moving halfway again from there.

      Amazing they fail to grasp, the ACA is a compromise, they demanded, and in fact supported right up until the Dems supported it as well.
      I'm very curious how they can pretend to be patriots, after having taken an oath to someone, other than our Constitution, Nation, govt, or elected officials. Grover Norquist, is NOT, America, nor in America's best interests. Competing oaths, are a distinct danger to America, and should be investigated fully, as Un-American activities.

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