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  •  Creating Powerful Enemies (15+ / 0-)

    And how has giving Blue Dog Rahm Emanuel such vast powers of Chief of Staff benefited Obama? How has it benefited the country?

    If Obama had spent his honeymoon year fueled by the progressive milestones of his first 100 days, instead of in "postpartisan" empowerment of his highly partisan adversaries inside and outside the Democratic Party, we'd have a lot more progress by now. And Obama would have generated more political capital going into 2010, not lost it.

    But no one forced Obama to appoint Emanuel his CoS. That's how Obama wants to govern. Why does he want to govern so fundamentally weakened, when the weakness comes from empowering the failed and toxic "Conservative" forces that are bad for everyone, including Obama?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri May 14, 2010 at 02:49:30 PM PDT

    •  What Obama is thinking is that (0+ / 0-)

      it's a good thing to have people that constructively disagree with you around you.  Obama isn't going to follow everything that someone disagrees with him says, as we can see here, but he wants to listen to them.

      Rahm, in part, is serving the role that a functioning Republican party would serve, but Obama would probably still have him around if only to keep being challenged to justify what he wants.

      Before you can accomplish something, you must expect it of yourself.

      by anonevent on Fri May 14, 2010 at 03:02:47 PM PDT

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      •  If it weren't for the asleep-at-the-wheel (10+ / 0-)

        response to the August fiasco, I might agree. But something went horribly wrong there; the administration was indecisive and it cost them dearly. Whether it's because Obama dithered in making up his mind or Rahm undermined him somehow, the end result was a massive messaging failure.

        “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

        by Jyrinx on Fri May 14, 2010 at 03:05:57 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, because he was obsessed with the (7+ / 0-)

        historically disingenuous "Team of Rivals". The book failed to adequately point out that the team of rivals imploded very quickly, and was excoriated by historians for it.

        Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

        by Robobagpiper on Fri May 14, 2010 at 03:12:35 PM PDT

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        •  Didn't work when George Washington tried it (2+ / 0-)
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          He had Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State and Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury. They couldn't stand each other, hated each other's ideas, kept playing tug-of-war with George in the middle, and finally both left before Washington left office.

          Washington was arguably the best we've ever had at getting egomaniacal prima donnas to work together - and he had his failures. This was one of them.

          If it's
          Not your body
          Then it's
          Not your choice
          AND it's
          None of your damn business!

          by TheOtherMaven on Fri May 14, 2010 at 05:58:55 PM PDT

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      •  "Constructively"? (2+ / 0-)
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        Watering down Health Care Reform into Heath Insurance Patch is not "constructive". Either as policy, or as politics given the continuing low approval rate.

        Having gadflies on staff can be useful. But giving the Blue Dog faction, the "Conservatives", the awesome power of Chief of Staff is destructive.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Fri May 14, 2010 at 04:09:23 PM PDT

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    •  Obama wanted Daschle for HHS (3+ / 0-)
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      and Judd Gregg at Treasury. I think Feingold was right, this is what Obama wanted. It may be fun to throw stones at Rahm, and no one dislikes him more than I, but ultimately this was Obama's call.

      A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

      by nippersdad on Fri May 14, 2010 at 03:21:26 PM PDT

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