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or you are obstructionists bent on returning to power by saying no to any important legislation that is in dire need to be implemented in order to help the American people.

President Obama and his administration are about to throw down the gauntlet and force Republicans to deal with this needed legislation or brand them as the enemy of the American people.

It's about time, Sir.

skip down with me

Bi-partisan silliness aside, the Obama administration is seemingly learning the political lesson that it's easier for Republicans to fight for power while not in charge of anything or apt to allow anything of consequence to be enacted without a tooth and nail fight.

From Peter Nicholas at The LA Times:

White House adjusts strategy on Republicans

The Obama administration aims to put members of the GOP on the spot, forcing them to compromise on issues or be portrayed as obstructionists.

As voters lose patience with political gridlock, the Obama administration is embarking on a strategy aimed at putting Republicans on the spot: Either participate in bipartisan exchanges initiated by the president, or be portrayed as the party of obstruction.

The new approach is part of a series of adjustments the White House is making as it deals with the aftermath of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, which cost Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Right now, it's not clear voters blame one party more than the other for paralysis in Washington. A recent poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal showed that voters are as apt to blame congressional Republicans as Democrats for the standoff. Virtually everyone surveyed agreed there is too much infighting in the capital.

In a flurry of recent public appearances, President Obama has sent a message that he is prepared to embrace GOP ideas. But he is also signaling that if Republicans balk at compromise, he'll exact a political price.

Republicans, said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, "have a role to play in solving problems in this country, or be accountable to the electorate for choosing not to."

This truly is the crux of the biscuit, isn't it?  By stopping the charade of playing a bi-partisan game of politics in D.C. and standing up to the Republican obstructionism, the Obama administration can begin telling the story as it is and make the do-nothing media have to take notice of the situation.

Voters are pissed, and well they should be.  Much more could be done to bring about hoped for and necessary change in our country without the specter of just saying no for political gain while watching American's suffer without jobs, without adequate healthcare and without a third of their Congressional Representatives even trying to help them.

Kudos, Sir.  Again.  It's about time.

Originally posted to funluvn1 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:01 AM PST.

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  •  I am sure... (2+ / 0-)
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    funluvn1, A Man Called Gloom

    Obama uses better grammar than that.

  •  I know it's early. (2+ / 0-)
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    RiaD, funluvn1

    Your in title should be you're and there is something missing in the paragraph that starts with bipartisan silliness aside. (republicans to for power)

    Move Your Money The truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

    by Burned on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:16:28 AM PST

  •  This is good (7+ / 0-)

    but I also hope they tell us why No isn't an option. Romney at CPAC has already framed why No is a right...

    No to government healthcare --- ironic Romney implemented government healthcare in MA

    No to taxes

    No to spending -- right as republicans take gov't money to subsidies private companies (i.e. Medicare D and Medicare Advantage PPO

    The DNC or WH will not win unless they tell us why government is important and they need to not be afraid of pissing off Las Vegas Casinos or Wall Street to do it....the banks reckless behavior can be used as to why we need protections....

    AND they need to get it done with Democratic ideas just promoting what Repugs are doing or saying you'll take their ideas won't work....tell us why OUR ideas are needed. Republicans had 30 years of ideas that have shown not to work. JUST DO IT.

    I know the Media won't help...butI am going to try by not repeating RW talking points. I am going to try to inform people that government is already in every aspect of their lives for the lead in child toys, clean water, safe cars, roads to drive, libraries, All republicans use libraries.

    Also, my RW christian neighbors are always coming over to my house needing a lemon, a stick of butter....interesting and ironic how my stuff is good in times of need....

    How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. Thomas Jefferson

    by coffejoe on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:22:18 AM PST

  •  Recc'd for "crux of the biscuit." (4+ / 0-)

    May Pres Obama find the apostrophe!

    What do you expect? Our national anthem is a drinking tune.

    by OleHippieChick on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 05:41:42 AM PST

  •  I must have missed that speech (0+ / 0-)

    where the President aimed his guns as directly at the GOP as this diary seems to want to extrapolate from the article.

    Mostly what I've heard is his utter obsession with being the president that got major legislation done with bipartisan approval.

    Don't get me wrong, it would be lovely, this imaginary world of yours.

    Just as lovely as Obama's imaginary world where the GOP suddenly became Kumbaya devotees.

    And while passing legislation doesn't hinge on either of these imaginary worlds becoming a reality necessarily,  I personally have seen zero evidence either will.

    •  I don't know how you could have missed it (5+ / 0-)

      as it has been the running theme of all his public statements ever since the SOTU and especially the Baltimore Q&A.

      Obama has thrown down the gauntlet, openly calling the GOP for its obstructionism, inviting them to work with him to get needed legislation passed, and inviting them to this week's health care summit.

      The key to the summit, though, is that Obama is going to present them with the revised bill House and Senate negotiators had agreed to before the MA election and force them to find specific provisions within it they object to.

      Whatever they complain about, however, is bound to be on that list of incredibly popular components of the bill blue aadvark posted yesterday in his/her recommended diary.

      The GOP is boxed into a corner.  Their base won't tolerate any compromise on a bill that will in fact be very well-received by the public once it passes.

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      by litho on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 05:59:16 AM PST

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      •  Yeah I saw those speeches: (0+ / 0-)

        ...inviting them to work with him to get needed legislation passed...

        That's not throwing down a gauntlet in the way this diary describes.  It's hopeful and optimistic.  But not at all the ass kicking that you seem to see in it.

        It's easy to see how the GOP might be trapped by their obstructionism.  It's just as easy to see them gaining ground because of it.

        I don't think there's been ample evidence of either to make any wild claims about it yet.

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        by Detroit Mark on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 06:02:18 AM PST

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  •  you may be hallucinating (0+ / 0-)

    I sure hope your interpretation is correct, but I honestly don't see the evidence. Don't get me wrong, I voted for Obama and desperately want "change we can believe in". But in over one year in office, I have seen no political heavy lifting out of this president, none. Sure he appointed Judget Sotomayor, and that's good. But on health care look what's happened.

    He placated Lieberman and Nelson, traded away lowering the Medicare eligibility age, played footsie with big pharma giving away drug re-importation, embraced the public mandate in the teeth of his campaign pledge not to... I could go on. His abdicating the bully pulpit and equivocating on the public option was unconscionable, and has landed us where we are.

    Now he gives the repugs a second chance? Or is it a third or fourth? He has said repeatedly that he will never give up on bipartisanship, and if he stands by that quixotic conviction it will seal his fate as a one term president. I for one, am sick of hearing him say how he is prepared to embrace GOP ideas. Congress frittered away six months on health care reform and Obama is STILL SAYING THAT???

    Remember that there has not been a 60 vote majority for the republicans since 1917, and yet that didn't stop Reagan and Bush from repealing much of the New Deal and turning the federal tax structure upside down. Somehow, Obama's leadership is not accomplishing that kind of alignment despite widespread public support for a public option and regulation for the insurance industry.

    I fervently hope that he turns the corner and gets tough, both in word and deed, with the republicans.

    But talk is cheap, and time is short.  

  •  A major problem is (1+ / 0-)
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    acting as if the Repubs have any ideas worth listening to.

    They don't.

    Their ideas boil down to two things: deregulate and cut taxes, the same ideas they've had since Reagan.

    If these were good ideas, we'd all be rich by now.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 06:21:59 AM PST

  •  Republicans are BORING! (1+ / 0-)
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    The Republicans behave/sound like toddlers. If the MSM didn't fabricate stories to make the Republicans appear significant, there would be no political news at all.  Republicans are BORING!

  •  sorry, but this time I will wait for action! (0+ / 0-)

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 08:08:54 AM PST

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