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  •  He has a short window, as your depiction (11+ / 0-)

    implies. IF he leverages the people/public opinion, he can accomplish a lot. On Maddow, last night, I heard that he was considering a national blitz/rally for the tax fight if it became necessary.

    I would love to see him decide, in anticipation, that it is necessary, and go for the goals that Reich has pointed out, with the people amped up to campaign-level support.

    We heard all kinds of reasons the last 4 years why he couldn't or shouldn't have done this, and look where that got us. It's time to do it.

    Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

    by Words In Action on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:23:01 AM PST

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      We heard all kinds of reasons the last 4 years why he couldn't or shouldn't have done this, and look where that got us. It's time to do it.
      any suggestion he do something like this was greeted with "the bully pulpit doesn't work" or "what's he going to do, bang on the table?" etc.  Of course, the point was - and is - he has to actually lead.  Enough of his Rogerian (non-directive) politics.  

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

      by accumbens on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:44:05 AM PST

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      •  Actually, it got us quite far. Compare us to the (1+ / 0-)
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        other countries that got hit with the big downturn.  

        Much of DK seems to have morphed back into concern-troll central since the election.  Not real trolls of course, just many of us going back to our reflexively-cynical ways.

        We did good, folks.  Obama did good, Warren did good, the Senate did good.  Many other good things happened.

        We still live in an unsustainable empire at the end of the corporate consumerist era.  Our leaders -- good and bad -- have to function within that reality just as we do.

        Yes we have to push to protect Social Security & Medicare, but imo the way to do this is to attack the enemy and the bad ideas, not ourselves.  Like Reich, you may notice.

        •  The problem is that it's up to our side to do it. (0+ / 0-)

          We know the other side and what they are capable (or incapable) of.  Our side never fails to disappoint.  

          Frankly, I don't see Obama pulling off anything more (which of course is a lot) than winning an election.  Look at who he's faced over the years - he's been incredibly lucky in who his opponents have been.  One good one at the state level he lost against.  One other - Hillary - he did good, although she seemed to self-implode imo.  The rest were largely crap candidates.  So I take little significance in his success this time.  It all depends what he does when he's not in election mode.  And time will tell about that.

          I should say some, like Warren, truly offer a meaningful success.

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

          by accumbens on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:14:57 PM PST

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