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  •  Not only that, but Goolsbee is right (12+ / 0-)

    DC is completely dysfunctional, it is a toxic, partisan environment in which the GOP is a slave to ideology and unwilling to help solve problems.  We are going to have a horrible time in the next 20 years because of it.  

    Now what could Obama do.  He could have fought harder, he could have put less weight on Summers' and Geithner's advice and paid less deference to the banks.  But maybe we are at the point where Jesus Christ couldn't get anything done.  The blame is shared, but Goolsbee 's view as stated in the HuffPo article is correct, and I can't blame him for leaving.

    The scientific uncertainty doesn't mean that climate change isn't actually happening.

    by Mimikatz on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:16:57 AM PDT

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    •  Nope. (14+ / 0-)

      Obama could do a lot -- he could lose while making the case for policies he'd like to see implemented in 2013.  But he won't, because he's the guy who hired Geithner and Summers in the first place.

      The two things Teabaggers hate most are: being called racists; and black people.

      by Punditus Maximus on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:32:37 AM PDT

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    •  two things (7+ / 0-)

      Obama can and could have done these things:

      (1) Listened to people who knew what they were talking about in his transition and early 2009. He didn't. He owns that. Maybe it look right at the time, but it isn't right. This isn't horeshoes and handgrenades. Wrong is wrong.

      (2) Use the bully pulpit.

      (3) Call GOP bluffs.

      Even if 2 & 3 are ultimately unsuccessful, it will give people a purpose to get behind to support him with.

      This whole "pro" or "anti" Obama thing is somewhat similar to the Weiner thing. I think I speak for most of us here when I say that we don't want a Republican in 2012. But part of not wanting a Republican means we need our guy to win. To win, he has to do better.

      All I've got is an orange blog, three paragraphs, and the truth.

      by Attorney at Arms on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 11:31:18 AM PDT

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      •  Right now I would vote for anyone (0+ / 0-)

        to the left of Attila the Hun. It's too bad the Democratic Party will not give me that option.

        I'm looking for a new party. Perhaps a Labor Party or a non-Marxist social democratic party.  I know...I know...too far left. From my perspective, we've been too far right for more than 30 years. I think we may have to overshoot to return to center.

        Any ideas?

        Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

        by Just Bob on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:06:25 PM PDT

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