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  •  As excruciating as the process is, I think the (26+ / 0-)

    Obama administration is doing the right thing by setting out guidelines for legislation the President would like to see but letting Congress write the bills. There's been a lot of "Why doesn't Obama just write the health care bill and submit it to Congress?" but I see that as a path to the same result that befell the Clinton attempt. Repubs would just shoot it down and convince people who don't follow politics that the reason the bill failed was because the administration sent Congress a bad bill.

    By letting Congress do its damn job, the admin is putting the repubs in a position where if they are able to succeed in defeating legislation that the administration wants to see passed, the repubs can try to blame the dems but at least the dems will be able to counter with, "No, it was the repub obstructionists who prevented Americans from getting the (health care, environmental protections, support for public education, economic recovery, etc.) they need."

    It is, after all, Congress' responsibility as our elected representatives to craft legislation. It is the President's prerogative to veto any legislation that Congress passes but it is not the President's duty to draft the legislation.

    Good for Feingold and Durbin for stepping up to the plate on this!

    The line between generalization and stereotype is as fine as the line between stereotype and bigotry.

    by 1BQ on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 12:03:59 PM PDT

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    •  Can't blame Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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      Everyone who's paying attention knows that Democrats effectively control both Houses of Congress. OK, that's not completely true in the Senate, as long as Senator Kennedy is absent, but politically, I don't see how the argument that Republicans torpedoed the legislation could fly. If the legislation doesn't get passed, it'll be because some Democrats didn't vote for it. Every Democrat in the Senate should vote against a filibuster, and if that doesn't happen, there's always reconciliation, however problematic that may be.

      As an aside, I feel pretty sure that the White House has been talking to the senators from Maine about not supporting a filibuster against a good health care bill. Sadly, unless Senator Kennedy can be wheeled into the chamber, their votes not to filibuster may be needed.

      •  oh, we can still blame republicans (3+ / 0-)
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        and also blame the blue dogs for being bought and paid for. Just because they're idiots and scum by nature doesn't mean we should give republicans a pass for doing the wrong thing. If they contribute to scuttling health reform, then they share the responsibility for ruining our future.

        By the way, it'll be very interesting to see what the few remaining "moderate" republicans do, when it becomes clear that their votes could end an unjustified filibuster.

        •  OK, I agree (1+ / 0-)
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          Republicans should in no way get a free pass, and should continue to be attacked aggressively for their lying, destructive ways. But if the Democrats don't pass their leadership's agenda, the voters will properly blame the party for dereliction of duty.

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