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    And it is a guess, is that Obama wanted more stimulus, public option, etc, but knew he didn't have the votes, so took what he could get--the pragmatist side that i can agree with.

    The mistake Obama has made, in my view, is to never admit that he only got half of what he wanted.  I think he and his advisors think that makes him look weak, and perhaps would alienate the moderate voters who like this moderate crap.  I think this approach is a mistake, but not the mistake of pragmatism per say.

    Could I be wrong, yes.  You certainly have the public statements on your side...and Christ those public statements suck.  But this is my guess as to what Obama's primary failing is.  The inability to take credit for victory, while noting that it was not a complete victory.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 02:51:17 PM PDT

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