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    Of course, having an overly aggressive commander leads to rash decisions and even to catastrophe. Boldness can only be taken that far... and in the end even some of the boldest captains like Napoleon fell...

    agressiveness is good but cannot go without a thinking brain. It's important not to overplay one's hand and remember there will be a tomorrow. If your agresiveness sours the mood that much it could lead to the opposite effect, that nothing can get done anymore because it riles the others too much.

    Obama-Biden in 2012!

    by Frederik on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 01:56:34 PM PST

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    •  No Custers. Nobody suggests a rash leader is (2+ / 0-)
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      a gain. What is needed is someone that can inspire confidence and, with a firm hand, move the party's program ahead. There are also times when a Sherman is needed in the face of opposition of the sort we have seen among the Senate Republicans who have during the last term almost always put party over the good of the nation.

      There is a quote attributed to Barbara Tuchman that is worth keeping in mind:

      If power corrupts, weakness in the seat of power, with its constant necessity of deals and bribes and compromising arrangements, corrupts even more.

      In Reid's defense, the position of the "majority" in the Senate was weakness personified because it rested in the first place upon deals, bribes and compromising arrangements--namely with a certain Connecticut Senator of ill repute here. Perhaps, since 2006, a defensive strategist was the better option with that tenuous "majority" without horsepower. I do not think it is the best fit now that the majority is certain.

      I would think much more highly of Senator Reid if he would voluntarily pass the baton to someone more suited to that new role for the party in the Senate. Either that or we need to see his meek Clark Kent get into that telephone booth and change. Quickly! The country can't dither about after this lingering death of the Bush administration during a national crisis.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 02:24:12 PM PST

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