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  •  My hope is that he's paying lip service (1+ / 0-)
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    to compromise in this case.

    Whether or not he actually has to compromise might be determined by public opinion + legislative maneuvering.  This statement is meant to sway public opinion.  It's not the actual negotiation.

    But I agree with you that I would like to hear him use the bully pulpit to tear down the pieces of conservative ideology that are increasingly being accepted as mainstream.

    •  I hope its lip service too (1+ / 0-)
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      If remember correctly the polls are on our side on this. People do not want to see tax cuts extended for top 2 percent, so it shouldn't take much to sway the public's opinion. Just like he mentioned the public's opinion about DADT in the press conference he needs to keep hammering away with that and the public's opinion about the tax cuts as well. It's funny that Cable news anchors, who love too talk about polls, don't talk about those polls. Probably because most of them are in the top 2 percent...

      Obama to his opponents: If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize - Muhammad Ali

      by MB32 on Sat Nov 06, 2010 at 01:43:35 PM PDT

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    •  the big problem has been... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that conservative ideology has been the mainstream ideaology since 1980- we really aren't drifting there- we really never left.  If we can change that, we can set the stage for the future.

      For example, if we weren't stuck with conservative idealogy as the conventional wisdom, we could have easily expanded medicare to cover everyone instead of cobbling together a complicated plan based on free market ideology.

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