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  •  Obama should stick to making (9+ / 0-)

    appearances at disasters and leave negotiations to somebody else. He's wonderful as a front man who can articulate the public emotions in a time of crisis. He really stinks as a backroom pol. He needs to delegate that job.

    •  Even in terms of trying to get what he wants (2+ / 0-)
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      Richard Lyon, PorridgeGun

      Is how I see that. Its rather odd that he thinks the way to get to five when negotiating from 0 to 10, and the other side wants 0, is to start at 3. Its clear to me that he wants to cut entitlements, but not as much as the GOP. The real issue even on that level of objective negotiation is that his actions make little sense. I remember when I used to argue that over at a site called Open left. the reality is that I don't understand the Democratic "strategy" for negotiation. Some there tried to explain to me and that I didn't understand negotiation, but time and again they demonstreate they are quite clueless even in a polittical situation, especially in a political one, about how to get what you want. I question the competency of this president to goveren. He seems to be a great campaigner, horrible at the actual governing.

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