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  •  That's right, because the Obama strategy worked... (1+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc

    It worked so well that the Republicans had a massive wave in 2010 that erased our two successive waves and allowed them to gerrymander Congressional districts to the point where their majority is nearly impregnable.  

    That's what I don't understand about Kos remarking that Republicans aren't bothering to try to employ popular policies.  It seems obvious to me that the reason for that is because they know full well they don't need to.  Losing the House popular vote by 1% and a million votes returns them with a stronger majority than they ever held in the 90s and early 00s.  

    Having the House locked in Republican hands for the next decade is basically disastrous.  And Obama can be thanked for that.  His handling of the HCR bill was utterly inept.  First he allowed it to be dragged out for months, and watered down to attract Republican votes (which didn't materialize).  Then, even after it became apparent that no Republicans would get on board, he still fought against making the bill more progressive, or even the slightest bit more comprehensive so that it would actually be effective.  

    End result: supporters were demoralized and Republicans were outraged.  Right at the point where the levers of redistricting were up for grabs.  So, no, Obama has done the Democratic party no favors.  Hillary, or probably Edwards (pre-disgrace) could have beaten McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012.  I'm pretty sure John Kerry and Al Gore would have made better presidents, too.  

    And HCR is far from the only failure on the part of Obama, it's just the worst.  I could go on, but what's the point?  Anyone paying attention knows that Obama is no progressive, and overall his mismanagement has managed to hobble the Democratic party for a decade.

    I'd say at this point that just about the only good thing about the Obama presidency is it proved that minorities can be elected, and it hopefully allows us to get a few more liberal justices on the supreme court.  That's really about it.  His policies are basically those of a moderate Republican, and that was the case even when Democrats held massive majorities in both houses of Congress.

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