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  •  Messaging only works when one sends it out. (0+ / 0-)

    Dems are messaging on this that they are prepared to compromise to work out budget and other issues and it is the Republicans who keep drawing back to more and more extreme positions. You can't both complain that Dems don't message, and also complaint that they are giving away bargaining secrets because they do.

    •  You assume that "compromise" is rewarded (3+ / 0-)
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      Victor Laslo, StrayCat, 3goldens

      By assuming that a public recognition of "compromise" is more important than the cuts that affect ordinary people in their everyday survival, we place a disproportionate value on "compromise".

      We keep attacking Republicans for violating "rules" that they simply don't believe apply to them,  rules in which the public has almost no interest compared to the huge challenges facing them today.

      The GOP Senate majority did not "compromise" much between 2008 and 2010.  

      Could you point to anything that would show us that the GOP paid a price for that?

      On the other hand, the Democrats were so busy compromising on Health Reform, Financial Reform, and a host of other issues that the public was convinced that they were not only "compromising", but "compromised".

      If you are engaged in a fight on my behalf, I'd certainly applaud good manners but I'll reward results.

      Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you should throw them back.

      by Into The Woods on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 11:46:57 AM PDT

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    •  Messgaing that you are willing to compromise (1+ / 0-)
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      is one thing.  Giving the exact amount you are willing to give is just stupid.

      Dickering is an art.  One the Dems have proven time and time again they have no talent for.

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