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  •  excuse me? "culpability" - the way government (2+ / 0-)
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    works (or USED to) is that the elected president gets to choose HIS team to put forward his policies and leadership style.

    never before has any congress wholesale refused to fill positions or unilaterally refused to confirm appointees.  this is a direct result of turtle o'connell's pact to block everything obama wanted to ensure he was a one-term president.  

    sadly, for the nation, this fool has done ireparable harm to the rest of us by forcing the dysfunction onto the entire economy and system.

    obama won the election.  twice.  he has the RIGHT to appoint those that will help him do the job to which he was elected - the job that WE elected him to do - not the job that the republicans want done!

    there is no "culpability" from the white house - the "culpability" belongs squarely on republican obstructionist shoulders.

    that the argument would even be attempted to blame obama for his choices only plays into the hands of those who are determined to destroy this nation:  republican/tea party extremists (and not so extremist members who have gone along with the "plan")

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:15:47 PM PST

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    •  Obama was in the right, but wrong Constitutionally (0+ / 0-)

      And the White House likely knew it.

      I don't disagree with anything you say, really.  Congress is dysfunctional.  Past Senates have got around the same dysfunction, however.  Look at the gang of 14 agreement.

      It is hard for me to believe there isn't something the GOPers want bad enough that they won't trade some up or down appointment votes for.  There is absolutely no leadership in Congress and there is nothing coming from the White House to break the log jam.

      •  the white house cannot break the log jam (0+ / 0-)

        it is the executive branch - one of three separate branches that cannot force either of the other two if those two choose not to cooperate.

        i don't know where this myth of the white house "making" the other brsnches got started - but it isn't possible now and never has been.

        i'm not saying you are the source of this thinking - but i think too many people have bought into the false meme that the president can "make" things happen.  only on very rare occasions (kennedy's death and lbj's knowledge of how to strongarm a reluctant party during the aftermath) does that happen.

        the biggest value a president carries into disagreement is the support of the public - and as long as the dems blame other dems instead of republicans, we are a house divided and the republicans continue to obstruct!

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:39:21 PM PST

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