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  •  I've no doubt the strategy is already (4+ / 0-)

    being planned. Obama is probably in the best position he's been to fuck the Republicans on this: and when Clinton was in a similar position, and without a recent historical victory to build on, the Republicans wound up being blamed.

    There's also good reason to believe that Boner is bluffing. Literally fucking up the economy wouldn't do the Republican party any good, as their doners are all very wealthy individuals who have more to lose from the economy tanking than from not getting tax cuts. Wall Street wouldn't forget either. I'd anticipate that we only have to start seriously worrying if Obama starts to go 'all in' publically, as that would indicate that negotiations have completely broken down.

    •  This would be government shutdown v.2 (1+ / 0-)
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      The threat of government shutdown (and economic collapse) brings attention to the many useful and effective ways in which the government helps ordinary people and makes our lives less crappy (and helps Wall Street get even richer by maintaining everyone's confidence regardless of underlying fundamentals.)

      This reality rises in stark contrast with the GOP free-lunch rhetoric of "huge, bloated, wasteful, frivolous, government is the enemy that we should starve down so small we could take it out back and drown it in the bathtub."

      What we've seen with the Ryan-GOP Budget proposal is that when their rhetoric comes face to face with their reality, we win.  

      So confronting people with more reality is not going to lose us anything.  

      And if Wall Street thinks there's any fairy bailout dust left to pull them out of yet another wreckage of spilled caviar and smudged yachting outfits, they're going to be in for one very, very nasty surprise.  

      It's not that that dog won't hunt; that dog is dead, gone and buried out back beneath the old sycamore tree.

      We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

      by Into The Woods on Tue May 10, 2011 at 03:45:18 PM PDT

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