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  •  Great news and not at all (10+ / 0-)

    unsurprising to me that Obama actually is trying to make slow steady changes to transparency.  What I disagree with is your inference that this administration sucks at messaging.  I don't know a single person on the left that does not suck at messaging today in this horribly stacked media.  When major news conferences and speeches are completely blocked from the public by major "news" agencies, or when they do decide to run snippets of the announcements or speeches and then proceed to tear them apart by highly partisan pundits and critics, the fix is in.  It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't thing.  The days of the "Fireside Chat" are long gone.  

    That said I believe that they have found ways to get message out but, if it's the plan, it's a bizarre but brilliant one.  I think the Democrats have wisely chosen some potential rising stars that have huge potential for national spotlight if they can get plenty of air time.   Elizabeth Warren is one, Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders.  Each of these people have been handed controversy, things to be outraged about, and here's the intriguing part.  Those issues shine dispersions on the administration who's enjoying that lame duck final term and doesn't have to run again.  These masters of populist outrage are getting on the media because the media believes they see controversy, splintering, drama....ratings.  Meanwhile the issues people are up in arms about find ways of working out and these folks can show up as heroes.  

    •  ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ /nt (3+ / 0-)
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      by jan4insight on Thu May 23, 2013 at 08:27:04 AM PDT

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    •  Don't forget Sheldon Whitehouse and Jeff Merkley (6+ / 0-)

      These guys are serious progressive heroes, particularly Whitehouse who is relentless on taking action on global warming.  Merkley of course is continuing to fight against Citizens United and is one of the biggest fighters we have on that front.

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      I don't know a single person on the left that does not suck at messaging today in this horribly stacked media.  
      Not relevant when discussing Obama.

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      by enhydra lutris on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:07:11 PM PDT

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    •  The messaging has been lacking at best... (2+ / 0-)
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      and at worst inept, considering the fact that everything this administration has accomplished for the benefit of the people has either been demonized, marginalized or deemed counterproductive.

      What I disagree with is your inference that this administration sucks at messaging.
      Yes, the White House has been pitted against a recalcitrant party seeking to both negate his power and discredit his accomplishments. And they've been forced to deal with a media that would rather throw water on a grease fire and stand back to watch it burn than to take the time to explain to the public how the president's policies really affect them.

      That said, it doesn't matter how good or bad at messaging the Democratic party is. The president has a bully pulpit and it's incumbent on all administrations to take the lead on messaging and subsequently rise above all the propaganda, misdirection and obfuscation spewed by corporate lackeys, both in the media and in congress. He's done some good things like healthcare for one. But in four years, he hasn't even been able to convince a majority of the country to realize that fact.

      When it comes to messaging, success cannot be measured by citing how the rhetoric is clear and understandable to us kossacks and other people on the left who deal in reality and can separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff. It has to be measured in the aggregate of all Americans. And using that metric, this White House has been forced to react instead of act.

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      by markthshark on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:27:04 PM PDT

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