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  •  geez (0+ / 0-)

    I think you're overreacting to my comment.

    I agree with your idea of Cheney belonging in jail; I guess I needed to say that to protect my ability to have a discussion.  I'm just commenting on the problem we face when we've just come through the nightmare of a president who was able to impose his will on Congress, but whose policies and ideas were completely wrong, and now face a president who seems unwilling to strong arm his troops in service of better policies.  

    Please note my previous comment to you:

    well if there was ever a moment when the Senate could use some arm twisting from a popular former colleague, this would be that moment.

    I think we're on the same side, sjersey.  Save it for the real enemy.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sat Dec 04, 2010 at 07:38:39 AM PST

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    •  Dubya didnt impose his will on Congress (0+ / 0-)

      He didn't need to--Congress was always with him. Including the Dems who capitulated on virtually everything. After all, Bush and the Dems wanted the same things.

      The proff of that is (1) the number of Bush-era monstrosities that have been continued under the new Dem administration without opposition, and (2) the willingness of Dems in Congress to continue to support the Repug program even when the Pres is no longer a Repug.

      It is precisely the problem I foresaw happening back when Obama was elected--the Dem Party is not behind Obama or a progressive agenda, never was, and never will be. The Dem Party never wanted Obama or his agenda in the first place--they expected they would be able to coronate Hillary and were shocked utterly when an unexpected wave of popular discontent swept Obama into office instead.

      As a result, Obama must now fight against BOTH parties, neither one of which supports him or a progressive agenda.

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