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  •  Well, Boehner's impulse will be to call Obama's (16+ / 0-)

    bluff, because that's what it's proven to have been in the past, a bluff borne of the inexplicable need to compromise with those who explicitly want you to fail.  

    We'll see if he's made of stouter stuff now than when he had a full blown mandate back in '08, with a tidal wave that gave him massive majorities in both houses.  

    And that's where we come in.  Our job now shifts from hammering the right to hammering our own centrist elements, which includes the POTUS.  When you talk about the DLC, I don't have a "thank god that's over with feeling" at all.  The Clintons were the epitome of that neutering of the Dems and I can't possibly conjure a Hillary administration for the last 4 years that would have done anything differently (unless it might be to have made stronger stands against the RW) than Obama has done.  I mean, Jesus, look at his cabinet.  It was as much a Clinton cabinet as Romney's would have been a Bush cabinet if he had won last week.

    In fact, that's what we need to start hammering him about immediately, his new cabinet.   Will Geithner's replacement, for example, be another Wall Street insider or someone outside the financial industry box?  We must begin now putting up our suggestions and kicking the supports out from under the inevitable parade of Beltway CW nominees that will be coming down the chute.  Obama has to push the envelope against the GOP obstructionists that are going to use their familiar tactics against any nominee that isn't sufficiently corporatist enough.  Obama has to know that his political capital will take a mortal blow, from a falling off of support from us (who sucked it up and pushed an impressive slate of progressive Congressfolks to victory as well as significantly bolstered his campaign) if he starts down the same Third Way road he's been on these last 4 years.  

    He needs to shed the DLC mantle once and for all and it starts right  now.  Speeches are great but if another Vilsak or Duncan or Holder is what he puts up for cabinet slots, it's going to be very bleak for him and for us.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:23:26 PM PST

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