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  •  The most bizarre thing of all about all this (12+ / 0-)

    is that if the Republicans gain the Senate Majority to go long with the House majority they already enjoy... the crazy fuckers will impeach him.

    Nonstop subpoenas. Investigations. Testifying under oath. On Ben Ghazi. Fast and the Furious. This-Gate. That-Gate. The Other-gate. It's going to be Clinton's second term on crack and steroids at the same time.

    Even if you love, love, love the idea of cutting Social Security benefits as a policy outcome, for whatever crazy ass reason you have sold yourself, the politics of this should be like getting hit in the face with a shovel they are so blatantly obvious.

    Setting aside the idea that Chained CPI is really bad policy, and it is, the politics of cutting Social Security benefits being entirely seen as a Democratic policy initiative before an off year election where Democrats are already on the defensive in the Senate without Chained CPI as it is is maddening.

    It's not just that a Republican Party majority in both Houses of Congress will be bad, which it would be, it would be hellbent on destroying Barack Obama from second one.

    I cannot recall, in my lifetime, a policy idea that is both incredibly lousy policy on the policy front, and more dangerous and threatening to both the Democratic Party and the sitting Democratic President on the political front.

    There is literally no upside to Chained CPI if you are a Democrat. None. I have been trying and trying and trying to come up with a single solitary positive to be had if you are not a Movement Conservative Republican from this. It's an election loser. A constituency alienator. A brand scarring move. An incredible gift to conservatism because it will help you go back and go back and go back to attacking Social Security in the name of deficit fetishism in the future. From President Obama to the newest backbencher in the House minority caucus, there is not even a phyrric or tiny victory to be claimed.


    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:40:51 PM PDT

    •  As long as this Administration continues to (4+ / 0-)
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      carry out the agenda of the One Percent and the Republican Establishment, I honestly cannot envision Repubs attempting to tie up the Administration with hearings (impeachment or otherwise).

      After all, this Administration seems to be determined to (and likely to succeed at) dismantling the social safety net.

      Why on earth would the Repubs try to stop it?

      Especially since on top of everything, it will very likely be the Democratic Party that will suffer at the polls for years to come, as a result of doing all of this.

      No, I suspect that Repubs will playing their part in the Kabuki Theater, and together the two parties will carry out  EVEN MORE AGREGIOUS CUTS after the midterm elections.

      It seems to me that allowing the Dems 'to do all the dirty work' is a win-win situation for Repubs.



      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:39:07 PM PDT

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