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Let's take a little trip back in time, shall we? Nine days after President Obama was inaugurated, after one of the most crushing defeats in their party's history, Senate Republicans vowed to vote against the stimulus. In the end, three Senate Republicans voted for the stimulus, and ZERO (0) House Republicans did. This trend was followed, and reinforced, by the GOP for the rest of the 111th Congress. From the very beginning, the Republican Party has fought tooth and nail against every proposal, no matter how milquetoast, from the Obama administration and the Dems in Congress.

You know why they did this? Because they were the opposition party - it was their job to oppose. They didn't come out the day after being slaughtered in 2008 and claim to have learned a lesson from their drubbing - they doubled down and, if anything, became even more conservative than they had been. And you know what? It worked (electorally, at least. For the country, not so much).

This is why I am laying down this marker to my President tonight: if President Obama comes out tomorrow and pledges that he has "learned a lesson" from tonight's results and makes noises and overtures (no matter how finely couched) of moving right, he will have lost me permanently. And mark my words, if he does kowtow to the lunatics of the right, he will have already lost his re-election bid and any hope of us winning Congress back in 2012.

The bottom line is this: the Republican Party is an existential threat to our nation, our way of life, and our freedoms as Americans. I truly believe that their party - the politicians, the professional hack operatives, and the great mouth-breathing base - are an incarnation of evil in our midst. And you know what? In spite of their joke of a "platform;" in spite of their overt hatred of the poor, working-class, and middle-class; in spite of their racism, their sexism, their general bigotry; in spite of their absolute surfeit of ideas; in spite of their generally poor reputation among a strong majority of Americans; in spite of the fact that they just finished their latest round of running this country into the ground a mere two frackin' years ago - they are winning. You know why? Because they stuck to their (horribly dangerous and verging on insane) guns and ideas, and didn't compromise an inch, even when all the "important people" were saying it was suicide not to. People don't want wishy-washy politicians, they want people with core convictions. That is why it is absolutely incumbent upon Barack Obama to come out tomorrow, look straight at the camera, and say "we'll work with the GOP where we can, but we will absolutely not compromise the principles of the Democratic Party and the wishes of the seventy million Americans who elected me a mere two years ago." In other words, it's time for battle.

As despicable as the right is, in terms of pure politics emulating their behavior of the last two years at this time is the only option for the Democratic Party. If the Democrats come back from this and help Republicans pass their odious legislation, they might as well just close up shop, as they will have proven they stand for absolutely nothing. They did precious little for the average man for the last two years, and paid a terrible price for it tonight. What little they did do, they let Republicans define from the very beginning and practically sprinted away from.

What we need is a reset: we need new leadership desperately in the Senate and the WH needs a new messaging and political team, yesterday. For all of the brilliance of their campaign, their PR job during Obama's first two years has been a disaster. The days of letting Republicans define the Democratic Party need to end, NOW. Right now.

Essentially, what we need to see from the President tomorrow is not a chastened, defeated politician bowing to a radical movement that threatens the foundations of American life as we know it; we don't need to see our President taking false lessons from today; we don't need to see our President repeating the strategy of conciliation and attempted cooperation with lunatics that got us where we are today. What we need to see, as Democrats and Americans, is a President with fight. He should take a lesson from the Republican Party and the right over the last two years - don't give a fucking inch. Come out swinging, Mr. President, and put these pieces of shit in their rightful place.

Originally posted to jhawklefty on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 06:54 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Let's start using some 1st Amendment remedies. (9+ / 0-)

    Correctly, this time.

    Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you what you are.

    by Musket Man on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 06:57:14 PM PDT

  •  The Democrats often work for the same interests (7+ / 0-) the Republicans. They don't change the course of the country because often they have no intention of doing so.

  •  I like the sentiment (6+ / 0-)

    But I would respectfully disagree with the suggestion that the President has done very little.

    His Legislative achievements for Americans, in 21 months, are unparalleled in modern history ...

    Even if we didn't get everything we wanted.

    We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

    by twigg on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 06:59:27 PM PDT

    •  He didn't get jobs and the stimulus wasn't big (7+ / 0-)

      enough. He should have never hired Geithner or Summers and let Stiglitz or Krugman call the shots. Maybe then we wouldn't be having this midterm because the economy would have been improving at a better rate.

      •  Well not really (2+ / 0-)
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        FG, CathodeRay

        The US economy was never going to turn around in 21 months. It hadn't even bottomed when Obama took office.

        I can agree with the mistakes being made, but not with the idea that Obama could have done much more .... and even if he could have, the messaging has been more of an issue than the message.

        Why did the WH allow a 3 to 400 Billion dollar tax cut be lumped in with the Stimulus? That was gross.

        When all the opposition does is spend the entire Congress whipping up fear and hatred, in a depressed economy, they are always going to have an effect. That is made so much worse when you give up the message too.

        We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

        by twigg on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:31:03 PM PDT

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    •  Too many people are making the same mistake (0+ / 0-)

      you're making, and missing the point.  The issue isn't that Obama's legislative victories have been weak, though some have been.  The issue is that he's gone so far off the deep end with things like Gitmo, torture prosecutions (as in, WTF?), warrantless wiretaps, state-sanctioned murder housekeeping, etc.

      All of that stuff about not getting "everything we wanted" is at best a distraction from the real issue, and at worst is a deliberate distortion of fact.

      "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

      by IndieGuy on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:48:55 PM PDT

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  •  Does having lost you mean you won't vote for (4+ / 0-)

    him over the next asshole R they will run against him?  Because if it does, you're promising to cut off your nose to spite your face if it does something you don't like tomorrow.  And to what end?

  •  He already conceded 2 yrs ago (11+ / 0-)
    He should have been kicking ass from the get go, and we wouldn't be having this shitty midterm.

    "My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks." - Obama, Protector of Wall Street & Professional Hippie Puncher

    by The Dead Man on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:05:58 PM PDT

  •  Particularly liked the MFers in the poll (8+ / 0-)

    Tired of compromising, and tired of Dems always backing down, always being reasonable. My husband finally got fed up the other night. Why can't the Democrats get their message out in simple terms like the Republicans do? he wanted to know. If that's what it takes to get the message across, do it. Tried to explain Frank Luntz, etc. He said he didn't care -- if it works, use it. That's what the Dems need to be focused on -- winning in 2012 and F$@# the Repubs. If the economy improves, and it's almost kind of bound to isn't it, they'll take credit for it and another chance for liberal economics to gain a foothold will have been lost. Time to obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

  •  I suggest (2+ / 0-)
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    zubalove, IndyRobin

    you go read Clinton's speech after the 94 mid-terms.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:07:44 PM PDT

  •  The only people less interested in hearing (2+ / 0-)
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    elmo, sherijr

    about the President's achievements than the angry tea party mob are progressives.  So weird.

  •  when he reversed himself and voted to legalize (8+ / 0-)

    Bush's warrantless wiretapping program in 2008, my suspicions that he would blow in the direction of the merest wind were confirmed.

    Nothing he has done since has changed that.

    And yes, he will continue to try to be "bipartisan", even with the quasi-fascist demagogues that constitute the modern GOP. Even with the fate of the country at stake.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:11:12 PM PDT

  •  We need to go on a war footing (8+ / 0-)

    They went to war when Obama won.  As Rachel Maddow pointed out this week our side kept asking for compromise until now.

    These days are over.

    We need to fight them tooth and nail.; an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action -1.75 -7.23

    by Shockwave on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:12:09 PM PDT

  •  Don't count on it happening. (2+ / 0-)
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    KingCranky, IndieGuy

    The rightwing charge that Obama is a Southside Chiacgo streetfighter is bullshit.  He's a wimp.

    We need to dump Obama now for a 2012 candidate with BALLS.  With a big pair who is not afraid to bang 'em together.

    Someone like Hillary Clinton.

    •  Or, dare I say it (2+ / 0-)
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      No one gets out alive, IndieGuy

      Rachel Maddow.

      "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right" - Thomas Paine

      by grothenberger on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:16:35 PM PDT

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    •  Sadly you are serious. (3+ / 0-)
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      twigg, weaponsofmassdeception, Saryko

      It won't work of course, but have fun trying finding this imaginary candidate.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:23:51 PM PDT

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    •  This is snark. Idiot snark, sigh (4+ / 0-)

      Listen up and see where we go from here.

      The WH knew it would be tough to get stuff done and not pay a price. The alternative was to run for reelection and try to play safe an make excuses.   LBJ had a huge agenda and he got it done in 1964/65 because of the wish in the country to honor Kennedy and come together.

      Then it came apart a year later.  Same with today, 2010 is more like 1966 than any other comparison like 94.  Clinton tried, but didn't get HCR done and the pushback against DADT
      really left Dams scrambling.

        A frustrating number is that 66% or 2/3 of the electorate doesn't get what was done and blames the Democrats for doing things that arn't even in the bills.  how many people even know the stimulus bill had over 200 billion in tax cuts in it, much of which was supposed to be given in reductions of Federal tax you could see in weekly paycheck.  Except it averaged about 8 dollars for a typical family. A week.  Too small, and taken for granted and not even credited to the Dems.

       No excuses, no surrender, just keep on fighting.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:11:48 PM PDT

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  •  I really hope (0+ / 0-)

    That he doesn't listen to any random blogger, but is instead gracious and calm as always.  He can stab them in the back silently.  

    They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

    by SlowNomad on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:33:00 PM PDT

  •  We cannot oppose him (3+ / 0-)
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    walkshills, gailwax, KingCranky

    as Kennedy did Carter.  Truth be matter what D is running unless they make some real gutsy calls then D's will always be defeated.  They know how to run but they are afraid of the republicans once they win.  Maybe the Corporate owned R's threaten their first born.  Who knows?   The deal is this.  We need a chance of tactics and the answer was Howard Dean in his 50 state strategy not wait for the last GOTV minute.  Alan Grayson has those kind of Man up features but people like Grayson and Wellstone are few and far between and we know what happened to Wellstone.  

    A movement not like the tea party.  We cannot be the sweet little pacifist party that concedes to the bullies.  It is not good for the poor, the concept of freedom and it is death to the ideals of America.
    It must stop.  How?  I dunno.
    But, in the meantime, meet the dumbed down, poor, ignorant United States electorate who put these maniacs in office.

  •  I'm gonna' have a snit! (3+ / 0-)
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    elmo, walkshills, gailwax

    Yes, a major snit, I tell you!

    If Obama does what every other president has done and makes conciliatory noises toward the opposing party after another typical midterm change in the House, well... well.... I'm just going to have to have a hissy fit!

    Don't anyone dare call it a tantrum!

    Where's my pony?!   If I don't get a pony I'm going to demand a unicorn!


    •  Right (2+ / 0-)
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      jabney, IndieGuy

      Because pre-emptive capitulation to neocon slugs like Sen. Lieberman, in idiotically letting him keep his Senate Committee chairmanship sure paid off wonderfully for the Dems, didn't it?

      Tossing Shirley Sherrod aside courtesy of a deceptively edited video from known liar Andrew Breitbart, that also increased the Republicans desire to work across the aisle, boy-howdy.

      Name the pieces of legislation that ended up more, rather than less, progressive, I'm guessing that's a very short list.

      Playing nice with the bullies, psychopaths, militia malcontents, secession-loving loons and Confederacy revisionists, while simultaneously griping about the liberal/labor union base of the Democratic party is NOT a blueprint for electoral success.

      Pity the "clap harder" crowd refuses to see that.

      When it comes to Texas Politics, "Stupid" Plays Very Well

      by KingCranky on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:58:04 PM PDT

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    •  That kind of snottiness really helped out tonight (1+ / 0-)
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      didn't it?  Keep it up for the next two years, and you'll really have a winner loser.

      "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

      by IndieGuy on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:03:56 PM PDT

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  •  I understand where you are coming from (1+ / 0-)
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    The Politico, Jan 25 2010
    The reaction of the lunatic RW'ingers was chilling
     comment you linked to (Marion Berry, Ark.

     What America is saying very loudly is this: "We DESPISE the far-left agenda that the Democrats - and some Republicans - have been foisting upon us. Change your mind - or else." Actually, I hope these idiots keep on keepin' on. That will make the bloodbath in November all the more decisive. Saw a good bumper sticker: "One day soon, Democrats will be hunted down with dogs."
     .Posted By: Mike | January 25, 2010 at 01:14

    The reaction of the lunatic RW'ingers was chilling:


    cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

    by Pete Rock on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:58:20 PM PDT

  •  It's past time for the President.... (1+ / 0-)
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        to start taking names; no more concessions to the fucking Republican'ts. This country is in DIRE need of a progressive agenda, one that actually helps our nation move forward. We also need to back the Democrats by pushing a more liberal agenda. And, if i recall correctly, Pres. Bushwacker didn't concede an inch to the Democrats. Don't give the bastards a DAMN thing!!

  •  Grayson (2+ / 0-)
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    elmo, retired lex firefighter

    Core convictions, probably didn't waffle for shit.  True to who he is.  


    They probably didn't give a fuck how strong in his values he was.  He had a D after his name.

    We are fighting a wave of crazy stupid right now.  The Repubs are dumping more and more stupid juice into the water.  Rand Paul?  Maddow exposed the shit out of him.  Didn't matter.  Not one goddamn bit.  Boot on Move-on protester?  PFffft.  I bet most of those voting for him would've done the same.  

    Fuck these people.  I voted for option 2.  Expose each of these fuckers en masse, they aren't going to budge one goddamn bit.  I'm guessing impeachment motions within the first two months.  Steady stream of batshit crazy conservative asshattery beyond that.  

  •  Of course he'll go right. (0+ / 0-)

    He's been trying to work with the right for 2 years, to judge by what I read here a lot of the time.

    Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

    by billmosby on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:15:06 PM PDT

  •  Crafting a new def of citizenship. (1+ / 0-)
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    This one definition, one that will exclude corporations and restrict them to a business role only, would be the line in the sand.

    It would be the divide between the oligarchy and empire that owns most of our world and ourselves, the actual citizens who inhabit this nation.

    What they have stolen most though, is the very definitions of ourselves, our rights and our nation and substituted their own.

    I would also work on a redefinition of freedom of the press...the current one seems to rely on ownership of media, not on the truth and clarity of the information they provide to citizens. If the press does not provide reliable information, why should there be a Constitutional exclusion? Why should we protect lies and propaganda? The serious definition should be from the perspective of citizens, not ownership.

    Last, the recent diary about the connection between the prison industry and the Arizona 1070 law should be amplified a million times over. Every prison corp should be examined in detail, every prison, every donation and legislative initiative over the next two years.

    There are more bullets out there that go to heart of the Empire, history is replete with the damages and deaths caused by the authoritarian impulse in this nation. No gop candidate should be able to make a populist appeal whatsoever. Nail them to the corporations forever.

    The truth is we are tortured by the truth.

    by walkshills on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:25:14 PM PDT

  •  OK Jackie Robinson, your two years are UP (0+ / 0-)

    You don't HAVE to turn the other cheek and take it any longer.

    If Obama continues to do that, he'll prove he has no Jackie Robinson in him after all. (We already knew he had no FDR in him.)

    If it's
    Not your body
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    AND it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:37:57 PM PDT

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