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This is less a diary than me absolutely stumped over something I've been noticing for the last few days, but here goes.

For at least the last few days, I've noticed that Boehner has been doing daily (or at least, near daily) press conferences/briefings, carried live on all the cable news channels, during which he and the Republicans keep driving their narrative in the media.  Where the hell are the Democrats? I don't see Pelosi or Reid or Obama or Carney, or anyone else, for that matter out there getting nearly as much air time. Somebody get the Democrats out there and PUSH BACK!

Someone get the Democratic leadership to go out there, and call the Republicans out on their utter lack of detail in their "plan." Call them out on being utterly out of touch with the American people, who back Obama's plan. Call them out on their idea of "negotiation" being "Obama does all the work". Call them out on not having any new ideas since the latter half of the previous century. Why are we letting them get all the free air time? Where the hell are the Democrats?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, Pluto

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:42:36 AM PST

  •  Doing what spineless cowads do. Hiding. Not (0+ / 0-)

    getting in front of it. Not speaking up. Heck, all that would mean someone would notice them then they might have to fight back. Can't have that.

    Democrat = coward just as Republican = dogsh*t

    Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

    by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:48:17 AM PST

  •  Both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have been (12+ / 0-)

    on the floor making the points. Both had pressers, the WH press office is putting out lots of information.

    You're not seeing it? Well, maybe there IS a bias in the media, and it ain't in the favor of Democrats...

  •  when your opponent is making (15+ / 0-)

    a public mistake, don't interrupt him.

    Actually the WH does daily press briefings,  there is a diary today about Jay Carney's excellent response on the Presidents cut's  in his written plans that has pages of actual cuts detailed.  He even told the reporters which pages to read.  

    The ball is in the Republican's court.  Or, should I say on Boehner's tee?  If he keeps taking a swing and miss, why stop him?

    •  Because it allows him to drive his narrative. (0+ / 0-)

      I typically have MSNBC on in the background, and I can't think of a single time in the recent past when they've carried a press briefing from a Democrat. Meanwhile, Boehner's been carried live literally every single day, spewing his talking points, and bashing Obama. Why not get our guys out there, and push back even harder? The public is on our side, after all.

      "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

      by Hayate Yagami on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:58:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Also, even that seems to be a bad narrative (0+ / 0-)

      Boehner attacks for having insufficient cuts, and we respond with "Look at all the stuff we're cutting!"? Why not develop the narrative that the Republicans are completely unserious in their proposals? You can say that we've made some concessions, but one of the major talking points from our side should be that REPUBLICANS HAVE SPECIFIED NOTHING!

      "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

      by Hayate Yagami on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:06:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Watching the GOP self-destruct in real time (4+ / 0-)

    Boehner says the same thing everyday and it sounds just as dumb everyday. No need to respond until he makes a serious offer, I think the majority of people are tuning him out every time he says "job creators" or "small businesses" or "lower tax rates and close loopholes and deductions". They've been floating the exact same plan for years now, I don't think Democrats really need to respond each time now.

    Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

    by Tim D M on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:51:07 AM PST

    •  If you repeat a lie often enough... (0+ / 0-)

      Even if it's the same drivel, it keeps getting reported in the news as "Serious". It's what people see. When you see Boehner out on TV every day, and nothing matching that from our side, it allows their lies and talking points to take root.

      "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

      by Hayate Yagami on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:02:31 AM PST

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    •  SIMPLE FOLLOWUP QUESTION (1+ / 0-)
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      Hayate Yagami

      Boehner continually trots out the idea that raising tax rates will affect small businesses which create all the jobs.

      No one bothers to ask him "what if we passed a tax hike that only affected 3% of all small businesses, could America survive?"

  •  I'm more worried about what they're doing (3+ / 0-)

    behind closed doors.

  •  I think that's because (3+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, Hayate Yagami, VClib

    the talks have -- very publicly -- narrowed down to the President and Speaker Boehner.  So, when one of those two talks about what's going on, the press pays attention.  

    Rep. Pelosi, and Majority Leader Reid, just are not part of the talks right now.  

  •  Well, all Boehner's air time isn't helping his (0+ / 0-)

    poll numbers. And maybe Obama is telling the Dem leaders to let the WH manage the public statements, and they're doing what they're told.

    Refuge Watch -- news from America's national wildlife refuges

    by Naturegal on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:10:43 PM PST

  •  One word: polls. (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    Assuming that you believe in all this crap coming out of Washington as being anywhere near what is actually happening, then you must admit that all the polls are correct as well.

    The Republicans are tanking badly. Their position has next to no support among Dems and very poor support among Repubs.

    Take a deep breath and enjoy the spectacle. It is somewhat akin to a guy throwing himself repeatedly upon his sword hoping that someone will notice his "bravery".

    There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

    by hillbrook green on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:38:26 PM PST

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