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This pattern is widely misunderstood by analysts. Republicans striking conservative positions are interpreted as "pleasing the base." But this isn't the main thing they're trying to do. Much more so, such moves are aimed at shifting the way even those who don't pay attention to politics — actually, especially those who don't pay attention to politics: "independents," "swing voters," etc. — understand the world. William Rusher, the National Review publisher and conservative movement activist who died last year, once said that the greatest power in politics is "the power to define reality." Obama never attempts that. Instead, he ratifies his opponent's reality, by folding it into his original negotiating position. And since the opponent's preferred position is always further out than his own, even a "successful" compromise ends up with the reality looking more like the one the Republicans prefer. A compromise serves to legitimize

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You can't compromise with these crazy mother fuckers. The Republicans are crazy and there is no talking to them. It is time for us to treat them as such. It is useless to try and argue with them, it is useless to state facts, it is useless to deal with them on any level. Call them crazy and tell the press if you are interested in seeing what normal sane people want to do to make sure the country is running right hang out with us, if you want crazy talk to the Republicans. That's it. No amount of Super Pac money can shine crazy and make it sane.

Obama dedicates "Black History Museum." Republicans demand equal time with "Fat Angry Syphilitic White Guy On A Couch Study Center."

There are people currently running for president that I wouldn't want to see on 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

Self-righteousness + Stupidity = Santorum

Originally posted to jbou on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

    by jbou on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:04:32 AM PST

  •  A million recs to you, your family (4+ / 0-)

    your friends, associates, acquaintances, and everyone else you know or have encountered.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:13:42 AM PST

  •  words of wisdom... (4+ / 0-)
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    jbou, shaharazade, eXtina, chipmo

    "you can't compromise with crazy," and, "you can't shine shit."

    it's sad that these concepts have been so hard to grasp for the obama administration.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:46:31 AM PST

  •  I know this is a common theory (2+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, Adam AZ

    Rick Perlstein isn't the first pundit to write about it. But pundits don't really have to persuade anyone to do anything. About the only thing they need to do is write something provocative enough to get eyes on the page: agree or disagree, it's all good to someone who sells the commodity of grabbing attention.

    My husband is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating and negotiating settlements. He's really impressed with the way Obama "folds in" Republicans' points in making his point...because this is how in real life you get a judge to rule your way or the opposite side to settle.

    Of course, Obama is not trying to persuade the current crop of Republicans in Congress, he's trying to persuade American voters.

    I think his approach is much better than what's suggested in this diary.

    •  Obama is not dealing with normal... (2+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, eXtina

      people and it is not real life. It is politics and the Republicans are crazy.

      Read the article. Read it and understand it. It is about moving the conversation and the policy in a right wing crazy direction. So the crazy Republicans take a crazy stance and move the dialogue in their crazy direction. So Obama is folding crazy into his ideas. It is time to just marginalize these people and not fold anything they want into what is being done. it is time to have the stand off, because the country is not going to function if we keep appeasing the crazy Republicans.

      The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

      by jbou on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:57:27 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  you watch Celebrity Apprentice? (1+ / 0-)
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    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 11:37:56 AM PST

  •  Must... shift .. Overton Window .. (1+ / 0-)
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    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 11:48:45 AM PST

  •  agreed (3+ / 0-)
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    jbou, chipmo, New Rule

    all these victories for compromise do is give the right wing lunatics equivalence. So now were cutting deals with people who think climate change/global warming is a marketing scam. We've got cultist woman hating cardinals wiping out the lines between church and state, and defining women reproductive rights and moralizing about their sexuality.

    Today I read that this administration is giving the corporations a tax cut down to 28%. They say this will fix the loop holes, yeah right like they can't find new ones you could drive a truck through. I also read where this administration is compromising on the defense cuts to the budget.  

    Personally I think this serves this administration's Third Way agenda and is a feature not a bug. A non functioning democracy seems to be the whole point of our elected representatives at this point. Fear of Santorium and the American Taliban seem to be the only issue in this election.

    Problem is after you 'pragmatically' cast your vote against the crazies you end up with no opposition no fighting for democracy, or the people or even our laws and rights, just victories for compromise.

    Straight down that third way, which benefits the owners of the place who get to party as the Dow hits 13,000 and the world burns and were all living in a permanent state of austerity. If you are a female you get threatened with probes up your vagina and are told sex is only for procreation. Crickets from this administration.

    No amount of money can put the shine on shit but it can sure make sure that the 'world as we find it' is the only reality we get to vote for. The culture wars will be stirred up cause the only thing were going to get is things could be worse. Could they? Kinda put a damper on the frighteners when the side that is billed as the good guys refuse to even disagree let alone fight for our country or the people or even the planet that sustains us all.  


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