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  •  America disappoints again (5+ / 0-)

    Many of us thought you'd turned a corner in electing Obama. I mean, you did, sure. And he's done a terrific job, given the circumstances. But the mid-term elections were a frigging disaster. By all rights, the Dems should have double majorities right now. Sure, the economy is in the trash but the message simply never got out that there's no way that it could have been fully recovered anyway in just 1 year. And everything that's already been done is in jeopardy should the Republicans take control. Instead, it seemed as if the Dems were simply sleepwalking into the mid-terms.

    The damage is done for now but i think it's obvious that all Democrats should make it their #1 priority to reach out to the dimwits who keep voting against ther own interests. Surely not all of the teabaggers are multi-milionaires. The Dems need to lay it out for these dumbasses that voting Republican (or, worse, Tea Party) is voting for the billionaires.

    •  The mid-term results were unavoidable (0+ / 0-)

      Sure, the economy is in the trash but the message simply never got out that there's no way that it could have been fully recovered anyway in just 1 year.

      There's no way to spin it: "The economy could be worse" doesn't win votes, much less elections.  You and I both know that without the actions of the President and outgoing congress, this recession would have spiraled into a Depression.  But for the millions of Americans out of work, this comes as little comfort, if any.  

      If there is one truism in American Politics that you can count on 100% of the time, it is that the majority party will punished for a bad economy.  Nothing short of a full recovery would have prevented the loss of the House.  

      The one "bright side" I see to this is that the GOP has already overplayed their "mandate".  They see their victory as a clear referendum on the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats.  It's not.  They have the house due to a crappy economy, and nothing more.  They won't get their agenda passed - not by a mile.  Any partisan legislation that passes the house will quickly die in the Senate.  And if, by chance, a bill lands on the President's desk, they have nowhere near the numbers to override a veto.

      If the Republicans want a bill to do through, they will have to gasp compromise on moderate legislation.  The Obama agenda may be dead for the next two years, but so is Bohener's.

      •  yes, perhaps it's a truism (0+ / 0-)

        That is, how hings have gone thus far. However, the state of things is such that we must demand a break from the status quo. Electing Obama was a huge step. Next, we need to back it (and him) up by denying the opposition (and the media) their usual game plan. No, that's not to shrug and say, "It could be worse." But neither is standing idly by while history repeats itself. The Democratic strategy going into the election was pitiful. Obama needed them to come out like they were the hungry minority.

    •  Keep on calling them dumbasses. (2+ / 0-)
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      That's a great way to get their votes back, lol!

      Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

      by billmosby on Wed Jan 05, 2011 at 05:18:54 PM PST

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