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  •  I respect Obama greatly (6+ / 0-)

    because he can do something I cannot - which is to remain patient, calm, and exercise reason over time when dealing with the GOP.

    I'm totally opposed to any violence or any threats against anyone in the GOP.  We can't go down that road, and we need to police our own rigorously.  But I can't keep myself from feeling and expressing genuine anger at the GOP and everything it stands for as an increasingly illegitimate and dangerous political movement.  My instant tendency is to react against them in every way short of actual physical harm or threat.  McCain wants to shut down the senate?  McConnell wants to obstruct?  Fine.  I'd strip them of every privilege possible, get downright medieval and vituperative when it comes to any funding or special issue they want to insert into a bill, no matter how minor, and I'd take every opportunity to belittle and insult them publicly, if I were in a position of power.  

    But Obama doesn't.  He acts like a grownup, and I can't help wondering where that kind of forbearance comes from.  My hope - which seems born out by the polling on health insurance reform - is that most Americans see his patience as a virtue, and some of that calm persistence will rub off on the voters.  Talk about modeling behavior.  Lord knows, I don’t know how he keeps his cool. No way I could.

    "Die Stimme der Vernuft ist leise." (The voice of reason is soft)

    by ivorybill on Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 04:38:04 PM PDT

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    •  On one hand, (4+ / 0-)
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      Into The Woods, rlochow, ivorybill, indres

      I get a little annoyed at Obama for not playing a little more hardball with the Goopers. On the other hand, one of the things I have always admired about him is how he can keep his cool under almost any circumstances. I remember marveling at it during the campaign and thinking "Now that's the guy I want in charge in a crisis."

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 04:44:45 PM PDT

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