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  •  I wish it could have worked (28+ / 0-)

    I wish that he had been able to change the tone in Washington and bring people together as he'd hoped. As liberal as I am, I want a government that works, where people in both parties look for good solutions instead of everything being about scoring political points. I lived in Washington and worked in politics and it's so frustrating how much of the decisionmaking is based on what is politically advantageous rather than what makes sense.

    I stupidly thought that maybe in 2009, with the nation facing a crisis and a president who truly wanted to work with both parties and get things done, maybe legislators would find enough common ground to solve our most important problems. My favorite line in Obama's 2008 victory speech was when he said "for those of you whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices, and I will be your president too."

    I am glad the president has wised up and realized that Republicans don't want to work with him to govern; they only care about scoring cheap political points. But I cannot blame him for trying.

    •  Obama and dems projected their desire to heal (12+ / 0-)

      after the 8 year W debacle onto the thugs.

      It was apparent to me on election night 2008 with John ComPlain getting 46% of the vote despite said 8 year debacle and angrily promising more of the same of said debacle that repugnantcons weren't traumatized at all by the 8 year W debacle, not only that but they wanted more of it.

      Their only trauma appears to have been losing the election.

      I knew then that "bipartisanship" was a no precondition surrender, as McComplain likes to call it.

      The republican attitude was completely predictable for those of us who weren't projecting our desire to heal on the repugnantcons.

    •  You weren't stupid (5+ / 0-)
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      wwjjd, LSophia, eXtina, Lujane, avsp

      and you didn't "stupidly think".  You were operating from a common sense approach as that's how we get along in everyday life.  Apparently, it's a whole different bubble in DC and while our better nature works out here, it doesn't in there.

      •  Yeah, but I used to live and work "in there" (7+ / 0-)

        Although I worked at an interest group and never got that close to the politicians (people above me did). In some sense, I didn't want to, because I was afraid that if I got too close I would see how they were all really jerks behind the scenes. It's demoralizing to see how little of what we see on tv really describes how politicians feel or what they really care about.

        Being in law school now, I get to see the product of the ridiculousness that goes on on Capitol Hill. Loopholes that don't make any sense except as the product of some effective lobbying. I have to admit, when Romney talked about closing loopholes and deductions, part of me found that very appealing because it would make some of my exams easier to study for!

        As silly as it probably sounds, I really think the president believed that he could work with both sides and bridge some of the divide, because he's been doing that his whole life. I am glad that he realizes he can't just find middle ground with these people and has to play tough, but it's a shame that it had to come to that.

        Does that make sense?

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