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  •  His sell-out on FISA was a giveaway (13+ / 0-)

    and we were encouraged to overlook it.

    America is about to learn that marijuana should never have been made illegal. @xxdr_zombiexx

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 05:00:59 AM PDT

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    •  It's my opinion... (3+ / 0-)
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      that Obama is picking his fights. Not that it doesn't stick in my throat...

      He will win the fight on health care.

      He will regulate Wall Street.

      He is restoring sanity to foreign policy.

      Those things will reward us with the 2012 election. Obama is a political animal and understands what will benefit American citizens the most. That's where he'll spend his political capital.

      He's only been in office a few months, and often we're guilty of expecting him to do what we want now. The torture issue will be aired, I'm 100% sure of this, and those responsible will be made known but Obama won't do it at the expense of health care reform, nor should he.

      "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." Bertrand Russell

      by Tom Enever on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 08:19:53 AM PDT

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      •  obama is protecting Bush. (2+ / 0-)
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        It cannot be reduced or explained away however euphoric one is about him (Obama, that is)

        America is about to learn that marijuana should never have been made illegal. @xxdr_zombiexx

        by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 10:07:03 AM PDT

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        •  Or Obama thinks Bush was right on this issue. (1+ / 0-)
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          I offered that hypothesis below.  It's possible Obama believes Bush's surveillance plan was the right thing to do, even if he thinks Bush broke the law by doing it without first getting authorization from Congress, and now he doesn't want to "throw the baby out with the bathwater."

          The specific acts the DOJ defended yesterday were authorized under the new FISA law, and it may be that Obama disagrees with us about whether that law should be as it is.  He is not as progressive as a lot of us and this may be a point of real policy disagreement.  He may think mass surveillance of Americans under the new FISA law, is a good thing or at least a necessary and legal evil.

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