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  •  This is not a primary. (1+ / 0-)
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    foufou

    If this were 2008 and we had a contested primary, it would make sense for the NEA to throw their weight around.

    In a primary, there is a possibility of getting a different Democrat. That possibility does not exist now.

    There will be plenty of time for the NEA to push their agenda once the election is won.

    •  No... but it should be. No motive whatsoever for (5+ / 0-)

      Obama to become more like an actual Democrat, or to follow the Democratic platform, since there's no competition.  Alas.

      Conservatives are] engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; ...the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. JK Galbraith

      by Vtdblue on Sun May 08, 2011 at 11:57:07 AM PDT

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    •  What do you mean, does not exist. (2+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, 3goldens

      Obama is quite possibly the most primaryable politician in history, given how he has flip flopped on his entire campaign platform.  On everything from health care to union rights to gay rights to curbing the power of lobbyists to restoring the rule of law to ending the Bush Tax Cuts, President Obama has sold Candidate Obama down the river.  Not only can he be primaried, he should be primaried - or else base is flat out telling the party that yes, by golly, will kick that football no matter how hard and how many times you take it away from us.

      Those that get the vapors over any discussion of a primary, lets get real as to what the actual problems would be:

      1. The media and the Democratic establishment love to shit over liberals and progressives just as much as Republicans do.  Or does "fucking retarded" and "should be drug tested" not ring any bells, or the SYFPH diaries right here on Dkos
      2. The same monied special interests that own the Republicans also own the Democrats, and would lend their hands for the hippie punching.  Banks, health insurance companies, energy....

      What's not a problem?  Telling voters that there's a better alternative - and guess who best proved this point?  Candidate Obama, where he beat the Clinton machine and brand three years ago.

      "Pragmatists don't DO things! They explain to you how things CANNOT be done." - AndyS In Colorado

      by Uberbah on Sun May 08, 2011 at 12:05:35 PM PDT

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