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  •  Wonderful (0+ / 0-)

    FDR took heads, not literally, but he knew how to push people around.  Do you think LBJ got the central reforms of the Great Society through by being a nice guy?  Even the non-violent civil rights movement pushed people around, once again, not literally, but with words and political action.  You can't get things done facing intransigent obstructionists by being a "nice guy."  You gotta get tough.

    Your silly response makes me conclude that I am right:  you are a congressional staffer making excuses for his cowardly bosses.  Or they could just be exceptional lazy.  Hard to tell.

    "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

    by rbird on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:46:06 PM PST

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    •  I will take one step back (0+ / 0-)

      They may not be cowardly, just uncommitted to the causes they espouse.  Say anything to get elected, then just get along once you're in, not cause any waves, and raise money for your next campaign.

      If you are a congressional staffer, I hope you're well-paid, cuz money's the only thing you'll be taking away from the job.  Anything for a buck, I guess.

      "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

      by rbird on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:54:38 PM PST

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    •  You got me. I'm a congrssional staffer. (0+ / 0-)

      I have to do this job via telepathy from my rural home between the Siskyous and Cascades, but hey - it's a living.


      •  Just read a bio of FDR, (0+ / 0-)

        so I kinda overreact when our contemporary Democratic politicians show such weakness.  Why can't we have an FDR?  This has been accentuated by the LBJ tapes.  You can actually hear him applying strong-arm tactics to southern politicians who were opposing his reforms.  The Right understands hardball politics.  We used to understand it.

        Ever see the SNL skit where Obama turns into the Hulk?  That's what I'm waiting for.

        There's a great line from the movie "Chariots of Fire":  "What we need are muscular Christians!"  We need a few muscular Democrats.

        The congressional staffer bit?  It's a convenient fiction in aid of my vitriol.  Though given the frequency with which Democratic politicians and their staffers suck up to progressives when they need money, there might be a little truth to it.  The state of things as they are now, there are only two or three Democratic senators I'd ever give money to again.  And none of them are in the leadership.  

        "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

        by rbird on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 05:46:11 PM PST

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