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So...instead of actually doing something real about "sky-high deficit spending" (like pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of schedule), we get a symbolic gesture that will reduce federal spending by less than 0.05 percent.

And with that symbolic gesture we witness President Obama's unfortunate alter-ego, President Gimmick. President Gimmick isn't serious about solving any of our problems, he's only serious about demonstrating his desire to solve our problems.

We went from this:

The aide said it's already a winning message without a vote since Obama and Democrats have framed the debate as the Republicans being for the rich and Democrats wanting to help the middle class. Others have made similar arguments, but several lawmakers have said they think a vote is the only way to score a political victory. The senior aide doesn't think so.

"We have a winning message now, why muddy it up with a failed vote, because, of course, Republicans are going to block everything," the aide said.

To this:

House Democrats are actually planning to bring a middle class tax cut extension only to a vote this week. That's a pretty dramatic turnaround from the days right after the election when the White House was signaling that it would go along with an extension of the tax cuts for all income levels.

News doesn't happen in a vacuum. I think, unlike TPM apparently, that this is a dramatic turnaround from the fall and the White House has been looking for a way to achieve permanent tax cuts for a few months now. They finally got it; these tax cuts are what the vanquished blue dogs will run on in 2012 and the pay freeze will likely be another talking point. Along with the 700 billion to the deficit Republicans want to add to take care of the rich.

Blogs react, but I gotta say Fuck you to this President Gimmick crap. Great job creating the next right wing meme.

You're right slinkerwink, OUCH.

But we're probably smarting over this for different reasons.

The next two years are going to be incredibly political and IMO there are two ways to go; you support the president or you don't. Because given that the opposition owns a cable network and the village is hardwired for Republicans and Citizen's United has unleashed corporate power to an incredible degree if you attack the President, the administration from jump street over every damn thing you're just cutting him to pieces for the opposition.

It's what the progressive community did during the health care fight as we consumed ourselves rather than the enemy; and it's what it did during the stimulus fight. The last two years; Republicans have simply had to echo Democratic attacks and they successfully turned independents off of Democratic party (who the hell wants to be a part of a circular firing squad), depressed the base, and fired themselves up.

Great job Jed, starting that pattern up. Can't wait to see the President Gimmick tags and everything. Given, that inflation is zero and this was by your own accounts a symbolic act why the fuck would you attack your team in that way?

As fucked up as you may feel Obama is, he's the only game in town. Progressives hurt themselves when they tear him down; if anything the last election should have seared that into your head.

Originally posted to BlatantLiberal on Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:00 PM PST.

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    •  I have to disagree... (1+ / 0-)
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      geonerd

      'President Gimmick' is apt, and I hope it takes and get repeated every time Obama does this weak-ass symbolic hippie-punching bullshit that he does every other week.

      As to the tax cuts, who knows what changed?  If this could have been done prior to the elections (i.e. nothing has changed) and wasn't, then that's an error of fantastic proportions.

      I still don't get why the lame duck session was the appropriate venue to have this debate.  I guess I'm not pragmatic enough to understand the intricacies of the 11-dimensional chess moved called 'getting your ass handed to you on a plate and asking for more.'

    •  You said: (6+ / 0-)
      "As fucked up as you may feel Obama is, he's the only game in town."

      Then we need a new game in town; and one that is based upon longstanding Democratic principles of fairness and equity. Folks, when are going to stop settling for crumbs from our overlords?

    •  You're right that "President Gimmick" is the kind (0+ / 0-)

      of blanketly dismissive "criticism" that we should not be engaging in -- and I was surprised and disappointed to see it from Jed.  

      THe idea that people are always doing harm to the Democratic party by criticizing Obama because he is our current President -- I can't buy that at all. But criticism of policies is one thing -- blanket dismissals, and accusations of betrayal, of being a shill for the corporatocracy, etc., are something else.

      Why is it so hard for people to grasp that we have to BOTH support and criticize this administration?

      Obama has some really impressive wins in his column (including AHA, which will cover 32 million more Americans than anything before, and save hundreds of thousands of lives over the next decade; and START II, if he can get it past the Republican destroyers).  Obama has also shown he is way too conventional/conservative in his approach to economics and the financial power structure. We need to be criticizing damaging policies in order to build toward better ones in the future. And we need to support the President, and publicize Democratic accomplishments, if we're going to win the next election or any further on.

  •  Huh.... (0+ / 0-)

    Seems like a vote that is a cover vote, and they know it won't pass.

    The Blue Dogs that didn't want the vote are gone, so this is basically par for the course...

    "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

    by justmy2 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:18:30 PM PST

  •  The only people who will care about the freeze (1+ / 0-)
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    washunate

    come election time are the 2.7M who got froze.

    Come 2012, the important questions will revolve around flag pins, whether or not Obama still pals around with terrorists, proof of death panels having begun, yadda yadda yadda.

    The freeze is just fucking with the middle class for no gain.

  •  I guess that makes me a third way Dem (0+ / 0-)

    :)

    The next two years are going to be incredibly political and IMO there are two ways to go; you support the president or you don't.

    Nah, my whole life has been incredibly political; I see two more years of the same 'ole same 'ole in that respect.

    We don't benefit when we shut down. We are at our best when there is lots of discourse and sharing of different opinions.

    Or to say it differently, the President and Congress are our employees, not our bosses.

    Ask your Member of Congress what they're doing to put Americans back to work.

    by washunate on Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:52:35 PM PST

  •  My President, hell. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm an anarchist.  We don't BELIEVE in Presidents.

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