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    You know.  I'm awfully tired of the inference that the administration and Congress truly believe that "playing bi-partisanship" is going to get a single concession out of the GOP.  The goal instead is building up political capital come election time.  Being able to trot out effective counterpoints to the coming onslaught of irrationality from the right is vital.  By throwing out the rope, Republican politicians are forced to go on record with absurd stances on popular issues.  These are the campaign ads of the future folks.  Their own words are going to be used against them.  

    The hardball you want is coming but timing is crucial.  Just imagine the campaign ads we can create with the obstructionist rhetoric we've seen in the past year.  Had we simply bypassed them, the quotes instead would all be about the process, about how the Democrats had just ramrodded everything through, and not about their opposition to the very popular causes.  

    Yes, you have to give things up. Just as in war sometimes you have to give up ground to lure an enemy into a trap.  Think three dimensionally here please.  We're supposed to be the party of intellectuals.

    "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

    by artmartin on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 11:44:24 AM PDT

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