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  •  One of Obama's talents has always been (12+ / 0-)

    somehow getting his opponents to self-destruct. No one knows how he does it, but it's happened amazingly often in his political career. Some call it great luck but it's such a pattern, it has to more than just luck.  

    I've said before, he brings Aikido concepts to his politics, whether he is aware of that or not I don't know. Probably not. But his way is the Aikido way ... summed up in "please proceed" -- i.e., let your opponent attack, then just slide out of the way while they throw themselves onto the floor and end up on their back wondering what just happened.  It's a thing of beauty to behold.

    I once saw a demo by an Aikido master who "fought" a group of masters from the more aggressive martial arts, three-on-one, then four-on-one, and each time he was the only one still standing after a very short time, even though he never touched one of them. Using your opponent's aggression as your weapon, getting out of the way and allowing them to flail and fall, is the core of the Aikido way.

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