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  •  it's not a bug, but a feature (7+ / 0-)

    His positions are stated in the most ambiguous way possible to give him the maximum leeway to compromise with the opposition.

    He is not interested in policy, only in process. For him, Third Way bipartisanship is an end in itself; policy is secondary. Therefore his policy positions are extremely flexible, because that makes it easier to achieve his goal: arriving at a bipartisan compromise which will make everyone in the Beltway happy.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:16:36 PM PST

    •  Right, that's why he's obtained so many (2+ / 0-)
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      bipartisan compromises.  And made the Beltway pundits so complimentary.

      •  Can't fault him for trying ... and trying and (3+ / 0-)
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        trying and trying.  He did succeed, however, in one thing - moving the discussion and frames to the right.  Time will tell whether we got the original, before the beginning Obama now or just the same ol'.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:42:29 PM PST

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      •  well hasn't he? (2+ / 0-)
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        Let's not forget that a Bush-appointed Chief Justice of the United States cast the deciding vote in favor of Obama's health care plan--a plan that was based on the plan Romney himself championed as governor of Massachusetts; that Cheney praised his national security policies after the death of bin Laden; that on innumerable occasions he was the one to initiate negotiations with the Republicans and signal his willingness to compromise, as he did on the first major act of his administration: the stimulus bill.

        The pundits frickin' love him now. Are you kidding? Sure, they pretended to puff up Romney because they wanted a close race, but they always were rooting for Obama.

        And they'll love him even more in his second term.

        When the economy tanks, they'll shower him with praise for making "the hard decision" of taking a chainsaw to Social Security and Medicare, and having the guts to stand up his out-of-control, spendthrift liberal base.

        The more he does to transfer wealth from the 99% upward, the more passionate this lovefest will become.

        By the time his second term is over, he will have usurped Reagan's place in their hearts. The Great Communicator will have finally been supplanted by the Great Compromiser. But for the rest of us, I suspect our feelings will not be quite so warm.

        "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

        by limpidglass on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:54:11 PM PST

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    •  What are you smoking? (1+ / 0-)
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      He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

      by Sophie Amrain on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:33:50 PM PST

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