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During the presidency of Bill Clinton, the Right tried to render him ineffective by a CONSTANT series of investigations. It started with Whitewater, a real estate deal that happened 20 years earlier, and Clinton was never proved to have done anything wrong. The papers wrote about it for years. Finding nothing, the Right moved its way to a "scandal" when Hillary fired members at the White House travel office (ooooh) ('Travelgate'), then some FBI files which were wrongly disguarded (Filegate) and it FINALLY landed on Monica Lewinsky, which got some traction--see: impeachment. In the interim, Clinton got creamed in the first midterm election.

Now the Right is doing the same thing to Obama. Their goal: Every day the media talks about where he was born or whether he's racist (gee, I guess he hated his white mother) is a day we aren't thinking about health care. I know this isn't a scientific revelation. You know it already. But I ask Obama Nation to keep the faith and, as my name implies, to vote against these fuckers for a generation.

Originally posted to DemMajorityJohn on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 03:27 PM PDT.

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    •  You've Framed The Picture Well. (0+ / 0-)
      I only wish this administration was really redesigning the style and impact of governance since they are catching insane destabilizing vitriol from scumball morons devoid of integrity, imagination, prudence or innovation for the mere baby steps not really challenging or fixing anything enough. That's a mistake. If you're paying the price, you oughta get what you want for it.
      Half measures of entrenched timidity risk the confidence of the country. We want to believe. And yet no corner has been turned.

      Lies at the top cause murder and misery at the bottom. Freedom should be a universal birthright. So many lives end like Neda Agha Soltan.

      by renzo capetti on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 03:41:14 PM PDT

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  •  Looks like Obama could use Bubba right about now (1+ / 0-)
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    DemMajorityJohn

    to take charge of this heal care overhaul disaster.

    •  AYFKM? (1+ / 0-)
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      mariachi mama

      Watch his townhall meetings.

      Clinton had never got any bill out of any committee during his effort.
      Don't call it a disaster and detract people who are working their asses off to get this thing done.

      Call me a/an [insert adjective here] optimist

      by soms on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 03:35:05 PM PDT

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      •  I"m not comparing their healthcare soms (1+ / 0-)
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        soms

        Can you read?

        I'm noting the consistent corruption of the Right and hoping we can stand firm, and keep America at large.

        •  I was calling out jeihesser (0+ / 0-)

          for saying something that is not going to happen.
          The approach that Obama has used is congressional while Clinton unfairly heaped it on Hillary which made it a ready target for the wingnuts.
          As Robert Reich recently said, Obama learned from President Clinton's a little too well.
          The faux news crew have called this a disaster.
          Are we going to parrot them?

          Call me a/an [insert adjective here] optimist

          by soms on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 03:40:02 PM PDT

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          •  The reason health care failed with Hillary (2+ / 0-)
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            buddabelly, soms

            was the same reason Max Baucus isn't getting it out of committee and refuses a public option.  There were millions of $ of industry money paying to kill it. The difference was when Hillary did it, most Americans didn't want universal care. Now, 15 years later, most Americans do, but the corrupt ins money is STILL trying to kill it.

  •  No. *We* have been here before. (0+ / 0-)

    But I don't see 2010 becoming a repeat of 1994.

    For one I don't see America having any interest in another "Contract with the Republicans". For another, there's just far too many memorable scandals from the recent Bush Administration.

  •  Let's not forget Jimmy Carter (1+ / 0-)
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    DemMajorityJohn

    While he was too clean and had too few skeletons for the Repubicans to scandalize him, Carter was consistently referred to as weak, cowardly, and too soft on the Communists and Arabs.  The whole Islamic Revolution in Iran and the hostage taking by Islamic students was put at Carter's doorstep, while he was taking on the OPEC cartel and trying to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.  That simply put him in the cross-hairs of the big oil companies, who had lots of Republican friends looking out for their interests against the president.

    Carter laid the basic groundwork for Reagan by further opening the dialog and building a relationship with the Soviets during the arms reduction talks of the late 1970s.  This in turn opened the door for glasnost and perestroika in the 1980s. Does anyone truly think that Reagan singlehandedly brought down Communism in just two-three years?  Carter had his issues with the Soviets to be sure, Afghanistan and the 1980 Moscow Olympics jump to mind.  But his dealings with them before 1979 gave Reagan something to work with and Carter gets zero credit for it.

    Point is, every Democrat is demonized by Republicans, in one way or another.  The Democrats have been too nice to battle it out with them in the past.  Not so, any longer!

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