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  •  Right, except saying it's "not a partisan issue" (2+ / 0-)
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    is admitting that he himself, a Democrat, isn't going to be risking much more on air pollution issues (which is really what is causing climate change) than Republicans, because it is "politically difficult."

    Once in office, most ambitious politicians primary goal is not "making the world a better place," but getting re-elected.

    And just as he has spent the last four years more concerned about getting re-elected, than standing up to the Republicans, or for any specific issue/s, he's not expecting anyone in Congress to display any more courage than he has.  

    It is sad, and has terrible implications for everyone's future.

    •  No, it doesn't mean this (1+ / 0-)
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      saying it's "not a partisan issue" is admitting that he himself, a Democrat, isn't going to be risking much more on air pollution issues
      It means he knows not much is likely to get through Congress, though he will try, and it also shows understanding for Democrats like Senator Manchin of WV and Senator Landrieu of LA, whose states depend on coal and oil, respectively.

      He will take more actions through regulations by Executive agencies.

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      by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:39:47 AM PST

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      •  When he gets out front on this (0+ / 0-)

        and starts making serious speeches about the issue, or in any way pushes Americans or Congress on the eminent danger of climate change, wake me up.

        •  It doesn't matter what he says (0+ / 0-)

          in the sense that the Republicans who control the House are climate change deniers and won't vote for anything worth a damn. So he has to act by Executive order and regulation.

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          by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:19:49 PM PST

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          •  But needs to talk about climate change (0+ / 0-)

            to have support for those measures ... and to help elect a Congressin 2015 who will support action.

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            by A Siegel on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:07:44 PM PST

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            •  What chances do you think Democrats have (0+ / 0-)

              to regain the House in 2014? My feeling is, barring something egregious like the Republicans impeaching the president for jaywalking, less than 1%.

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              by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:58:30 PM PST

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              •  Even w/redistricting ... (0+ / 0-)

                I believe the odds would be high if OFA's organizational and resource talents are put to work to support this.  A 435 district effort, with the President putting some real energy into it, and an unending discussion of the House being obstacle to policies to help Americans ...  Count me the eternal optimistic pessimist ... or pessimistic optimist.

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                by A Siegel on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:35:16 AM PST

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                •  But what's the basis for your optimism (0+ / 0-)

                  in this situation? Please give another example of a midterm election in which the party of the president won 20 seats or more in the House.

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                  by MichaelNY on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:10:30 PM PST

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