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  •  Oh stop it (1+ / 0-)
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    The President didn't let them bully him.  They held tremendous power with the absurd filibuster rule in the Senate (we had a supermajority for all of 4 months remember and Joe Lieberman and the Blue Dogs were part of that) AND the media was almost in total control of the messaging.  Obama was faced with fighting and losing or compromising with scum and getting something, holding off the GREAT DEPRESSION which many of us are pretty thankful for.  

    He had one course he could take and took it.  He played nice and ethical so that nothing the GOP threw at him could stick while forcing them into corners where their betrayal, lies, and treason could be publicly displayed.  The results of this last election were the offspring of that strategy.  Go watch the movie "Lincoln".  The man considered our greatest President bargained and compromised with scum, made impossible decisions which aged him tremendously, sacrificed so much just to eke out an amendment as part of a grand strategy instead of taking the simplistic way out.  He played 11 dimensional chess as Obama's playing.  It's risky and it's dirty but the war is across all 8 years not just the first 2.  Chill.

    "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

    by artmartin on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:01:48 AM PST

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    •  As I replied to divineorder above: (0+ / 0-)

      "Maybe bully was the wrong term.  

      I was extremely disheartened when he allowed them to hold unemployment benefits hostage unless he agreed to extend tax cuts to the wealthy.  That to me was bullying on the part of the GOP.  Nowadays I look at their behavior more as economic terrorism or treason or sedition or a combination of all of the above.  Bully just seemed to cover it all for me."

      "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

      by AnnieR on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:17:43 AM PST

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      •  Allowed? (0+ / 0-)

        Once again I think you're assuming vast powers that just never existed.  Last I looked the President doesn't have the power to control Congress especially the opposing party.   He can attempt through the bully pulpit to ask Americans to put pressure on them, make some backroom deals with his own party members letting them know the consequences of not going along but the Republicans met at the beginning of his term and all agreed not to bend an inch and we can see that's exactly what they did.  They had the numbers to stop him.  Period.  The bully pulpit was diluted by media ownership.  If Obama spoke out in outrage, you saw a tiny and heavily cut clip and then hours of right wing distorted reaction to it.  And looming over all of this was this abyss of complete and utter economic meltdown if attention got diverted to some Custer's Last Stand fight.  

        Yeah the Republicans were bullies but they could be not by anything Obama did or didn't do but because of decades of setup.  Citizens United and building the court to create that situation took years to manifest itself.  All those people out of work about to lose their unemployment benefits had to defended.  The were out of work because of decades of public policy that voters created.  The American public made this mess not Obama.  He just came began to clean up the mess one tiny piece at a time.

        "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

        by artmartin on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:49:51 AM PST

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