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I have heard innumerable calls imploring individuals to come out and protest President Barack Obama for this that and the other thing, this is all part of the Democratic process, and it is understood. But, I have yet to see a concerted effort by Democrats to amass a protest against the Republicans stated goal and continued effort to block and hinder the progress of this nation in order that they may destroy the Presidency of Barack Obama. Not a single call. We have all seen the hostage taking by the Tea Party-Republicans and we have heard the frustration by some members of Congress like Senator Charles Schumer who said this a number of weeks ago:

We need to start asking ourselves an uncomfortable questions -- are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012? Senator McConnell made it clear last October that his number one priority, above everything else, is to defeat President Obama. And now it is becoming clear that insisting on a slash-and-burn approach may be part of this plan -- it has a double-benefit for Republicans: it is ideologically tidy and it undermines the economic recovery, which they think only helps them in 2012…. Republicans find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place, between their ideology and the reality…IF THE PUBLIC COMES TO BELIEVE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE DELIBERATELY SABOTAGING THE ECONOMY, IT WILL BACKFIRE POLITICALLY.

Unfortunately, Mr. Schumer, many have seen and understood for sometime what the Republicans are up to, as it relates to the economy, but some would rather sit back and criticize the President for not being able to do more.  And not only on the economy, a glance at the President’s judicial appointments reveals the Republicans busy at work blocking and delaying the President’s appointments. As the White House was quick to point out by illustrating an article from the Washington Post recently in an overall report on the confirmational delays of the President's judicial appointments:

Unfortunately, the delays these nominees are encountering on Capitol Hill are equally unprecedented: earlier this month, the Senate left for its August recess without considering 20 eminently qualified candidates, 16 of whom had passed through the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee completely unopposed, a development the Washington Post called not only frustrating but also destructive….

Here is a historical look at this process where, according to the President:

A minority of Senators has systematically and irresponsibly used procedural maneuvers to block or delay confirmation votes or judicial nominees.

Following debate on judicial appointments, the Senate votes on the nomination. Confirmation requires a simple majority of the Senators Present and voting.

Average Wait Time between Judiciary Committee Vote and Confirmation in Comparison to George W. Bush:

Circuit Court Candidates:
Obama: 159 days; Bush 29 days

District Court Candidates:
Obama 103 days; Bush 20 days

Delays in Senate Confirmation in Comparison to Other Presidents:

Carter: 92.8%

Reagan: 93.3%

Bush (first): 77.9%

Clinton: 84.2%

Bush (second): 86.8%

Obama: 62.6% (Why? Why is Barack Obama receiving the lowest turn around on his appointments?)

I know there are individuals who say they are a part of the Democratic Party who will scoff at this and maintain that it is Barack Obama who is at fault, why should we protest Republicans? I suppose this may be because this President has done so little in creating a judicial pool that happens to look like America?

Of the number of the President’s judges confirmed thus far, here is a look at their makeup in comparison to other Presidents:

Women: Obama 47%, Bush 23%, Clinton 29%

African Americans: Obama 21%, Bush 7%, Clinton 16%

Hispanics: Obama 11%, Bush 9%, Clinton 7%

Asian Americans: Obama 7%, Bush 1%, Clinton 1%

Keep in mind that these are only the number of individuals who have been confirmed.
Here are some judicial firsts under this President:

1st Latina on the Supreme Court

1st Openly Gay man confirmed to a Federal district court

1st Women nominees of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent

President Barack Obama has doubled the number of Asian-Americans on the bench, including the only active Asian-American Circuit Court judge.

If confirmed, the President will have the only Native American on the bench.

And of 4 openly Gay judges nominated, 1 has been confirmed.

This from the White House:

Americans deserve fair and timely judicial proceedings but the rising number of judicial vacancies hurts families and businesses by delaying critical court proceeding and increasing costs, adding uncertainty squeezing family budgets and preventing businesses from investing and creating jobs.  

This President is being blocked like no other President in history, from the filibustering of his policies, to the blocking and hindering of his appointees and comparative to the criticism he receives by the media and some who are part of his own party, on a daily basis, the criticism and outrage directed toward the Republicans, based on their level of destructive activism, is shockingly wanting. Where are the Democrats marching against the delay tactics, obstructionism, and the crippling of the government by Republicans?  There are none….

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  •  Oh, now you want the 'professional left' to help? (4+ / 0-)

    Hmm....

  •  Perhaps (8+ / 0-)

    You should take it upon yourself to organize one.

    The trouble with normal is it always gets worse. -- Bruce Cockburn

    by clarknyc on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 08:59:28 AM PDT

  •  You Could Look at It As a Compliment I Suppose (7+ / 0-)

    There's no amount of frustration that would cause the Republicans to change course.  Their leadership has bragged openly that defeating Obama is more important than helping the unemployed, the uninsured, fixing the economy, etc. and paid zero penalty for that assertion.

    The assumption is that Democrats (while wrong from time to time) may at least still be reasonable.

  •  Well of course not. "Progressives" are just as (9+ / 0-)

    much against Obama as teabaggers.

    Just get used to it, dude. It's the teabaggers + "progressives" against Obama. Plain and simple.

    Why on earth would teammates blame each other? That doesn't even make sense.


    Kevin dropped his ice cream and blames Obama? He's gone hamsher!

    by punditician on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:05:02 AM PDT

      •  The polls say Obama's got more support (5+ / 0-)
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        from the left than from the moderates, which makes you two full of it.  But you probably already knew that.

      •  not really. (2+ / 0-)
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        Progressives want Obama to succeed, which he isn't doing, so we want him to change his approach, and we get frustrated when he doesn't.

        tea-baggers want Obama gone.

        Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

        by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 11:46:22 AM PDT

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        •  Just curious, have you ever lived with (2+ / 0-)
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          or worked for someone who criticized you constantly and never recognized anything that you did right?*

          Because from my observations, that seems to be the sum total of the pro-left's approach to getting "Obama to change" 0 that and threatening to take the football and go home.

          Doesn't work very well, does it? Which is why we in the pro-Obama side have bruised our foreheads so many times, hitting the desk. And why diaries like this one are such a breath of fresh air.

          * the word for that behavior is "nagging."

          •  jan, this is a straw man (0+ / 0-)
            someone who criticized you constantly and never recognized anything that you did right?*

            There may be some who do this, but not the majority.

            I certainly don't. Though I do get frustrated with him - a lot, recently.

            Sometimes it seems as if you say one bad thing, all you say is bad things. That is usually not the case.

            Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

            by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 01:55:18 PM PDT

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            •  I'm questioning your assumption that you can (2+ / 0-)
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              "make" Obama change. Or. if you "want" Obama to change badly enough, he will. Or whatever you implied with this ~

              Progressives want Obama to succeed, which he isn't doing, so we want him to change his approach, and we get frustrated when he doesn't.

              There seems to be whole world of psychological difference in approach here. I don't have time to go into it all here, but for starters:

              - What makes you think "your" approach is going to make him succeed more?

              - Yes, I do think the majority criticizes over and over again. Certainly among the posts on this site, that's about all we see from the "pro-left" camp. I don't know about you specifically but the overall tone of this site from the beginning has been highly critical with almost no recognition for Obama's considerable achievements. And those of us who do attempt to counter the criticism with factual posting are denigrated, for the most part.

              - One reason this really bugs me is that I believe success occurs in small steps, and it builds on previous successes no matter how small. To ignore or denigrate political successes means there's no foundation to build upon. This is one of my biggest beefs with the "pro-left" and I think they actually do harm to the progressive cause this way. Again, not you specifically but certainly the tone of this site and many others.

              Like I said, it's almost like the two sides (such as they are) are coming from two different worlds. Maybe there will one day be enough of a pause in the eternal pie fight that we can actually start to have a dialog. I hope so.

              That's all I have time to say right now. Peace.

              •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
                - What makes you think "your" approach is going to make him succeed more?

                No need for quotes. I have lived in this country all my life, and, ever since reaching adulthood (1980), I have seen Democrats fail to challenge fundamental GOP assumptions, fail to clearly be the party of the  non-plutocrats, fail to message right, be fearful where they should be bold, and fail to emphasize the honorable history of our party, which is that the Dems are responsible for the US being a middle class country.

                In that time, America has moved rightward, and the richest have captured an ever-increasing portion of our wealth. The rest of us are struggling.

                Obama to me is another one of these Democrats. He folds where he should stand, he refuses to go the people when the situation demands it, he is more solicitous to big finance than the people, and all the while the GOP get their way. He had the country behind in January 2009 but that has been lost.

                Now it looks like the GOP has a real chance to re-capture the presidency, which would be a disaster. But Obama is now at 42-54. This is bad.

                I'm  confident there must be another way to do things.

                - Yes, I do think the majority criticizes over and over again. Certainly among the posts on this site, that's about all we see from the "pro-left" camp.

                My issue is that people you call "pro-left" have indeed credited the president when he does a good job.

                I don't know about you specifically but the overall tone of this site from the beginning has been highly critical with almost no recognition for Obama's considerable achievements. And those of us who do attempt to counter the criticism with factual posting are denigrated, for the most part.

                This site was solidly behind Obama after Edwards left the primary. The site owner was behind Obama the whole time. Hopes were high. Things began to change after he became president - people had issues with his appointments and handling of issues as president.

                Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

                by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 04:18:18 PM PDT

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                •  Like I said, we seem to be from two different (0+ / 0-)

                  worlds.

                  Sorry if the quote marks hurt your feelings. I often feel like I'm walking on eggshells when trying to talk to someone who's disappointed with Obama. My intention was to distinguish the your meaning you-specifically from the you-general use of the pronoun.

                  Also, re your statement

                  people you call "pro-left" have indeed credited the president when he does a good job.

                  No, that is just not my experience. If it happens, it's usually denigrated with a "about time" or "good luck with that" snarky rejoinder.

                  Re time on deck - I may not have been at DKos as long as you, but I've in politics a lot longer. I came of age in the 60s. Imo, what all this Dems-suck pie fighting is about (aside from unwittingly giving the Repugs even more ammo) is a symptom of the sad fact that the Democrats as whole a) do not own the media, unlike the Rs, and b) have only the sketchiest idea of a long-term strategy.

                  If we could only put our shoulders to the wheel and build a long-term approach, and unite against the Repugs, instead of sniping at individual Democrats, then maybe we'd actually get somewhere.

            •  I think jan's observations are dead on. The (0+ / 0-)

              criticism of this President has become so chronic that it is almost seen as a smirch to say anything positive about this man....

  •  Perhaps a protest should be organized (9+ / 0-)

    OFA would a natural vehicle to do so - they have the contact info for loyal Obama supporters who would likely come out to bring attention to obstruction of his agenda.

    GOP obstruction is certainly dangerous to our democracy.

    I think this is something of an overstatement though -

    I have heard innumerable calls imploring individuals to come out and protest President Barack Obama for this that and the other thing

    I have heard more calls for protests of coal mining, coal port building, Wall Street, etc. There have been few actually protesting what Obama has done.

    The current Tar Sands activism is more about bringing attention to the issue prior to an executive decision.

    Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

    by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:07:01 AM PDT

  •  This is the problem. The teabagger GOPers... (9+ / 0-)

    Are blocking anything and everything that could help our economy, but Obama is getting the blame because it's more convenient to just blame him. Is he at fault? Sure, he's not perfect. There's a good case to be made that the Recovery Act should have been larger and less focused on tax cuts. But when Republicans want to take everything hostage and demand more and more and more concessions for formerly routine "bipartisan cakewalks" like raising the debt ceiling, there's a huge problem here... And it's not that Obama is President. (Look at Congress instead.)

  •  What Obama plan to buoy the economy.... (7+ / 0-)

    have the GOP scuttled? So far, what we've gotten from the White House to stimulate growth has been a Wall St. bailout, tax breaks, a half-assed stimulus mostly fueled by tax breaks, and the auto industry bailout which was effective. What is being proposed by the WH is more tax breaks, some free trade agreement with third world emerging economies (oh goody) and a reduction of corporate regulations. All of this while agreeing to pull trillions out of the economy through deficit reduction austerity measures and wrapping unions on the knuckles for not giving up MORE of their pensions.

    I suppose I - and a lot of others - would get riled up if Obama proposed something of significance to spur job growth and the economy and the GOP was shutting it down. Problem is, there's been nothing to react to other than the complete and utter silence. Where are the proposals? Where are the ideas? The GOP doesn't even have something to shoot down!

    And the judiciary nominations are another matter all together, but a red herring in this discussion.

    •  It's perfect obfuscation, really (6+ / 0-)

      Because Republicans would oppose it, Obama doesn't propose it.  So the "it" can be something remarkably progressive in the minds of Obama defenders.

      Let us resolutely study and implement the resolutions of the 46th Convention of the Democratic Party!

      by Rich in PA on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:24:34 AM PDT

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      •  Yup. Obama needs to take this show on the road... (4+ / 0-)
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        and forget about "what will pass." Nothing good will pass this Congress. Propose something of signficance, draw a clear distinction between it and what his opponents are proposing (shouldn't be hard), sell it - HARD - to the American people, and then let the House crush it and force Turtle Face to defend it.

        There you go, America. Now choose your side.

        Right now, the only choice we have is between bad policies proposed by Obama and horrible proposals from mental deficients (apologies to other mental deficients out there). Who would march for that?

      •  Hey, let's just ignore the dirty shenanigans of (4+ / 0-)

        Republicans and get back on our favorite topic: "Obama, the cause of all ills." You folk dislike Obama with a passion, but this post is about the destructive Republicans. Not Obama, s'il vous plait. Come back next time for the hate Obama fest....

        •  How about (5+ / 0-)

          How about ignoring the destructive Republicans, who have not changed in 20 years?  How about Obama come up with real proposals and not just those he thinks will pass?

          The problem is not the Republicans.  They are who they have always been.  

          The problem is the quality of the Obama proposals and why they are not resonating with the public.  

          I also thank the one who rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic so those on board ship could get a better view of the iceberg.

          by NyteByrd1954 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:55:11 AM PDT

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          •  "The Problem Is Not Republicans." My goodness. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            •  What you fail to understand (4+ / 0-)

              What you fail to understand is you are not telling the public what they do not already know about the Republicans.  

              Correct me if I am wrong, but I do get the feeling you think passing on the information about the obstruction and destructive policies of the Republicans is new information.  

              It is not.  

              The public does not need to be reminded why they rejected the Republicans in 2006 and 2008.

              What needs to be understood is why voters rejected the Democrats in 2010.  Failure to do that will lead to more rejection of Democrats.  

              Obama needs to forget about the Republicans and stop blaming Republicans for being Republicans.  He needs to come up with bold proposals that will resonate with the public even if they are doomed to failure.  

              The Republicans are not the ones preventing Obama from doing just that.  Therefore, the problem is not the Republicans.  

              I also thank the one who rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic so those on board ship could get a better view of the iceberg.

              by NyteByrd1954 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:27:50 AM PDT

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              •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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                You don't seem to understand that if one branch of our government refuses to participitate in governing, aka their job, then there's not much that the president can do.

                "My presences is a present, now kiss my ass..." - Kanye West

                by lcj98 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41:37 AM PDT

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                •  And yet, I wonder if a GOP president.... (1+ / 0-)
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                  would be equally stymied by a rogue coalition of progessive Dems who wanted to shut the system down. If so, that's good news because we'll need to figure out a means of shutting it down when Rick Perry is installing his theocracy.

                •  Here's what the president can do (2+ / 0-)
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                  The president can offer bold, robust plans that resonate with the public.  Then, he can point fingers at the Republicans.  Offering what the Republicans previously supported, but now obstruct really is not in the president's best interest as the public is not listening.  Solely pointing fingers at the Republicans will work in November 2012 about as well as it worked in November 2010.

                  But if you feel Obama is on the right course, good luck to you.  

                  I also thank the one who rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic so those on board ship could get a better view of the iceberg.

                  by NyteByrd1954 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 01:32:31 PM PDT

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              •  This is a pro Republican argument. Yes I know the (1+ / 0-)
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                public knows what the Repulicans are about, and your implying that they should be ignored is absolutely ridiculous. Yes, the public knows that cancer kills, but one shouldnt talk about cancer because it is the doctor's responsibility to deal with the issue.... Are you absolutely kidding me with this formulation? Oh I get it, this keeps people from attacking Obama....Well, I'm not here to protect Republicans OK?  Just save it....

                •  Good luck with that logic. (1+ / 0-)
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                  I also thank the one who rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic so those on board ship could get a better view of the iceberg.

                  by NyteByrd1954 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 01:24:58 PM PDT

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                  •  NyteByrd, this is a free forum and I am not in the (0+ / 0-)

                    position to tell you not to add comments, and I wouldn't if I could, but I can only say that I will have nothing to add if you continue to deflect criticism from Republicans by saying we should ignore their destructive behavior because it is all about Obama....

                •  As for "just save it" (1+ / 0-)
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                  That was uncalled for.  If you are not interested in exchanging ideas in a respectful manner, please say so now so I will not waste my time in the future.  

                  I also thank the one who rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic so those on board ship could get a better view of the iceberg.

                  by NyteByrd1954 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 01:28:33 PM PDT

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          •  Obama needs good proposals (and has had many that (1+ / 0-)
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            have been blocked in Senate even when we had the house)

            As Sen Harkin wrote

            In the 1950s, an average of one bill was filibustered in each two-year Congress. In the last Congress, 139 bills were filibustered. The Republican abuse of the filibuster is unprecedented, routine, and increasingly reckless.

            Just last week, a Republican Senator blocked the nomination of every single executive branch nominee -- 70 in all. This isn't about reasoned opposition. It is about systematic, indiscriminate obstruction of the majority's ability to conduct even routine, non-controversial business.

            In the 1990s the filibuster total reached the 40s or 50s per session

            The minority has never used it's power this way. Even Scotus Roberts wrote begging Senate to approve all the qualified nominees due to a growing backlog and high vacancy rates in federal court and that didn't work. Not that they are filibustered though, they get their secret holds

            And they have set records for secret holds too, blown away old records. This has been for all sorts of positions, not just judiciary. TSA, treasury, you name it, they block it.

            I could go on and on but even before these  tea baggers in Congress this Senate was all about blocking and delaying and obstructing. I'm sure the house repubs were as bad but minority has no power there, let alone these 1 people holds.

            These are not your daddy's republicans, they are nasty
            and have forever blown the myth of a civil senate. The rules are as they are because 'no one could have anticipated' the blatant abuse.
            If just 40 republicans stick together they can stop us in our tracks
            and they did and do

            •  Thank you joynow, that is a great comment. You are (1+ / 0-)
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              so right:

              These are not your daddy's republicans, they are nasty
              and have forever blown the myth of a civil senate. The rules are as they are because 'no one could have anticipated' the blatant abuse.

              I am really just in disbelief that they have been able to do things they are doing in plain sight. It is to me like witnessing an assault in public and no one does a thing about it. But these Republicans are assaulting this nation through its assult on this President day after day after day, in front of everyone, and yet the pressure is being put on the President, as if he is the one who is causing havoc . Or it is he who has the power to ignore  the legislative process. It is really amazing what is happening....

    •  This Posts is about Republican obstructionism if (3+ / 0-)
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      you would like to cloud the issue with outrages of what  Obama has or has not done over other topics, I would advise you to consult those other posts, you are off topic and I'm guessing deliberately so. This strategy you are employing has been tried so many times in the past that it has become shopworn out.

      This is not the give the Republicans a pass and attack Obama entry.... And the issue of judicial appointments is not a red herring. Ask the folk who are trapped in the system if this is a red herring.... Now with that having said...drive safely.....

      •  well, what are you doing about it? (5+ / 0-)

        other than complaining that other people aren't doing anything about it?

        C'mon, get going! Start organizing!

        "Things are never so bad they can't get worse" - Dallasdoc

        by Shahryar on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02:47 AM PDT

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      •  Reading comprehension is your friend.... (3+ / 0-)
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        This post is about organizing the progressives to take action. The problem is, no one is going to hop on a bus and march on The Mall against the threat of political obstruction.

        There has to be a plan designed to help the unemployment situation. It has to be sold to the public and then the President has to dare the House to defeat it. Then you will get your march. No one is marching for a fucking free trade agreement with the child sweatshop owners in Thailand or more trickle down b.s.

        If this post were about Republican obstructionism, no one would be commenting. We could all just put it in the "well, duh" file and move on. Republican obstruction is no revelation.

        •  The post is not about organizing a protest. Have (0+ / 0-)

          I laid out a plan for organizing a protest? You are the one suggesting I lack reading comprehension when you're exhibiting a lack of comprehension. My post, to save you from reading it again, is about the daily outrage directed against this President for everything under the sun, even protest being encoraged and waged against him when there are no similar actions planned against the destructive Republicans.... To help you out.... I ended the diary by saying:

          Where are the Democrats marching against the delay tactics, obstructionism, and the crippling of the government by Republicans?  There are none…

          I never thought I would have to quote my own diary but there it is....

  •  It's like they tell you in kindergarten (8+ / 0-)

    You can't control the behaviors of others--you can only control your own behavior.  In politics, which is a collective endeavor, the "my" reasonably extends to my political party and the people who have been elected thanks to its collective exertions, and I'm happy to say that in 2011 that starts with the President.  So, rather than wasting my advocacy on people who hate me and want me to fail (if not die outright), I'm directing it to the President and to other Democratic leaders who at least want roughly the same things for the country that I do, but who at the moment seem to be on the wrong strategic and tactical track.  

    Short version: It's more worthwhile to ask Democrats to be Democrats than to ask Republicans to be Democrats, so that's what we're doing.

    Let us resolutely study and implement the resolutions of the 46th Convention of the Democratic Party!

    by Rich in PA on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:21:28 AM PDT

  •  Isn't MoveOn organizing town hall attendance? (2+ / 0-)
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    of GOP reps?

    Or some group like that?

    Attending Town Halls is a very effective way to bring attention to GOP obstruction.

    Here I am! I'm up here! Where are you? - the Red-eyed Vireo

    by mightymouse on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:38:16 AM PDT

  •  Another, (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama issued anexecutive order on 8/18/11 giving federal workers 90 days to develop a workforce plan to increase diversity and another 120 days to implement it.

    The WH announced the intention of doing this last year and now there's a concrete plan of action. The long-awaited executive order directs a group of high-ranking officials to create a government-wide plan, followed by specific plans in each agency. It marks the highest-profile response to a problem that has been on the administration’s radar: Whites still hold more than 81 percent of senior pay-level positions.

    “The federal government has a special opportunity to lead by example,” John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, said in a conference call. “We will only succeed in our critical mission with a workforce that hails from, represents and is connected to the needs of every American community.”

    The order creates a framework, but the details have not been worked out. Instead of creating a new administrative body, as with Obama’s 2009 executive order on veterans’ employment, this initiative will look to a council of deputy agency chiefs. OPM, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will participate.

    That group will be responsible for creating a government-wide plan within 90 days. According to the order, after that plan is released, each agency must present its own specific diversity plan within 120 days. The efforts must reflect initiatives on a number of fronts, including recruitment, training and promotion.

    Currently:
    According to the latest Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program Report, women hold 31 percent of senior positions, African Americans 7 percent and Latinos 4 percent.
    As low as those numbers are, they're much worse when looked at in light of the racial breakdown in the local community.

    Of course, Pat Buchanan made a stunningly bigoted protest, mis represented the EO as well as the comparative data.

    Buchanan should take a look at this side-by-side view of Washington DC's racial breakdown and then explain why he thinks white men are being persecuted.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:39:41 AM PDT

  •  The data in your diary is important. (4+ / 0-)
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    Your choice to try to use them to malign busy Democratic voters and party workers is not important and detracts. The information is valid and important and does need to be presented, like you did, contrasting with previous presidents.

    I can't rec though given your bigger point:

    But, I have yet to see a concerted effort by Democrats to amass a protest against the Republicans stated goal and continued effort to block and hinder the progress of this nation in order that they may destroy the Presidency of Barack Obama. Not a single call.
    Really? You're calling out Democrats because you haven't seen a Democrats call to march in Washington to demand that Republicans do what Obama wants?

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:49:25 AM PDT

    •  Do what Obama wants? You mean by trying to (2+ / 0-)
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      enact policies that benefit the country. Your statement just revealed yourself to be an Obama critic. My reason for saying this is I have actually presented documented facts and you have somehow still managed to make this all about Obama.... Very revealing. This is not about recommending my diary, in fact, I couldn't careless if you do or not. I'm not here to make friends with the eternal critics of this President. This is about me laying out the cold hard facts as a matter of public record....

    •  Sure... why not? (5+ / 0-)

      Funny thing about all of us on the left, we love to point fingers and blame everyone around us but once one of ours calls us out we get all "Oh, no they didn't!!".  

      What Ned said is completely valid and that's because the Left is so busy out "Lefting" each other and and eating our own that we have hindered ourselves to have a united voice on anything.  This site is a prime example of that.

      "My presences is a present, now kiss my ass..." - Kanye West

      by lcj98 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:06:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  So much scorn... (0+ / 0-)

        Republicans have scorn for Democrats.
        Cantor has scorn for FEMA.
        Tea Party has scorn for government.
        Ned has scorn for Democrats because he hasn't seen Democrats march against Republicans.
        You have scorn for "The Left" "eating our own"
        You have scorn for dkos.

        You're here, on dkos, and you said "our own" so does that mean you have scorn for yourself?

        Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

        by kck on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:35:38 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  *GASP* (1+ / 0-)
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          How dare I critisize Democrats who critisize Democrats?!?!?  I most be a troll for pointing such things!!

          "My presences is a present, now kiss my ass..." - Kanye West

          by lcj98 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:49:38 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  So, scorn and melodrama. (0+ / 0-)

            You have no comment about my criticism of the diary? I don't care about criticism of Democrats (clearly, I assume you are a Democrat ;) but this diarist's point so I'm not clear what you have to say about that.

            Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

            by kck on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 11:06:23 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I'll play along because I'm bored at work... (0+ / 0-)
              Funny thing about all of us on the left, we love to point fingers and blame everyone around us but once one of ours calls us out we get all "Oh, no they didn't!!".  

              What Ned said is completely valid and that's because the Left is so busy out "Lefting" each other and and eating our own that we have hindered ourselves to have a united voice on anything.  This site is a prime example of that.

              Now, if you can get past my "scorn", you would've notice this, "we have hindered ourselves to have a united voice on anything...".  That is an answer to what you asked: "Really? You're calling out Democrats because you haven't seen a Democrats call to march in Washington to demand that Republicans do what Obama wants?"

              So you're not confused, that's my comment to your criticism to the diary.

              "My presences is a present, now kiss my ass..." - Kanye West

              by lcj98 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 01:20:18 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  United voice? (0+ / 0-)
                "we have hindered ourselves to have a united voice on anything..."
                The Democratic Base seems to speak in a united voice on some key issues. For instance, no cuts to entitlements, that Social Security and Medicare are vital elements in the nation's safety net.

                I don't believe a united voice, as a concept, is a value or is desirable in political participation other than for an election.  It's like calls for a Constitutional Conventional, sure, it could be a good idea only if I knew it wouldn't make the country worse. I prefer a loyal opposition position.

                In business, the military, emergency management, parenting, these call for a united voice, usually, not always. But not in politics.

                Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

                by kck on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 04:26:27 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

  •  It is sad (5+ / 0-)

    to see most of the blame being put on our President and his poll numbers falling when most of the blame should be focused on the Republicans. On MSNBC, probably 2/3rds of the stories are about how the "left" does not support the President. I can't help but believe that this does not effect his support.

    ~*-:¦:-jennybravo-:¦:-*~

    by jennybravo on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:52:43 AM PDT

  •  Ahem... (0+ / 0-)

    this helps hippie punching overton window clap louder neoliberalism fanboy!   Framing!  Framing!!

    There, I responded.  

  •  Tipped and recc'd, because you say the truth. But (2+ / 0-)
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    Where are the Democrats marching against the delay tactics, obstructionism, and the crippling of the government by Republicans?  There are none….

    See, in 2002, 2003, after many years of nonmarching (I was there for the '60's), we all discovered that the supine, sycophantic media were no longer interested in covering marches, no matter how big, unless the marchers were as few as 10 Teabaggers with pre-approved message.

    But, if there are marches, I'll be there, if I can afford to go. I'm lucky to be living in an area with great Democratic representation, so I end up simply showing up to glad-hand and thank my electeds.

  •  Obama needs republicans as scapegoats (1+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Q

    There's no marches against republicans because Obama had tools at his disposal to get around republican obstruction.

    He could have gotten 50 dems to agree to changing the Senate rules to majority rule. He could have done more recess appointments.

    He could have use the 14th amendment to challenge the legality of the debt ceiling. Or he could have used Proof Platinum Coin Seignorage to get around the debt ceiling without proposing or agreeing to disastrous cuts in federal spending.

    The Republicans are a one-trick pony. An opponent that does the same thing again and again(filibustering), is the type of opponent easily beaten.

    But the Republicans are much more useful as scapegoats as to why he can't get things done. Meanwhile he rakes in more FIRE sector cash then the whole Republican field.

    When our deficit warring Republicans say today that they would never approve a tax increase under any condition, the only reasonable response is a hearty laugh, a reference to WWII, and a two-by-four across the brow. - L.Randall Wray

    by skayne on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 11:46:45 AM PDT

    •  oy-vey...where to begin. You know, with a headline (0+ / 0-)

      like "Obama Needs Republicans as Scapegoats" there is no where to begin.... You are obviously defending the Republicans and it is quite clear.... So, I'll just move on....

      •  I don't accept the weak excuses of Obama or dems (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not defending republicans. I'm pointing out that Obama doesn't use the many tools at his disposal in order to counter their obstruction.

        Your diary was just another that ignores all the avenues to achieving what Obama claims to want.

        For you, the blame always shifts to some external force preventing Obama from doing something.

        Obama isn't powerless, nor is he facing more obstruction than previous presidents.

        When our deficit warring Republicans say today that they would never approve a tax increase under any condition, the only reasonable response is a hearty laugh, a reference to WWII, and a two-by-four across the brow. - L.Randall Wray

        by skayne on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 12:39:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  This is what I mean, I just itemized where the (0+ / 0-)

          President is being obstructed more than any other Presidents and you are claiming that the President isn't being obstructed more than any other Presidents. This is simply unbelievable. There is nothing more I can contribute to your comment, except you are committed to deflecting blame from the Republicans but not doing such a good job at it....

  •  Keep up the great work Ned :-) ... (2+ / 0-)
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    I love the fact that President Obama bigfooted the haters' debate next Wednesday. LOL  It will be wonderful if the first Native American is confirmed.  Peace.  

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 11:49:16 AM PDT

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