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  •  but elizabeth warren could (2+ / 0-)
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    even based on today's far future prognostications

    and as for kucinich and jill stein, neither of them may be the most dynamic candidate or the best vehicle for progressive policies

    but those progressive policies are indeed mainstream so a democratic presidential nominee who espoused such approaches should do quite well, and, imo, would in fact do phenomenonly well

    i hope elizabeth warren runs and we find out

    our problem is getting progressive candidates nominated bc the party is controlled by the neoliberals

    as elizabeth warren must surely know

    the money problem you identify is within the party, not in the electorate

    •  No President can do anything in this environment (3+ / 0-)

      It's the Congress that makes laws, it's members of Congress that can get re-elected over and over again, and despite all the talk about "the President setting the agenda"...I think we've seen enough the past few years to understand that a President is virtually powerless when the Congress is firmly held by an aggressive, antagonistic, and nihilistic party.  

      Congress is where the real power lies in the American government.  There's good reason that Article I of the Constitution is about the legislative branch, and Article II about the executive.  That's the way the Founders saw it, and in practice, that's truly how it has been.

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:56:26 PM PST

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      •  No President can do anything in this environment (0+ / 0-)

        Wildly incorrect. Look at what Obama has done as the Chief Executive and consider the choices he could have made instead. The president remains the single most powerful person in the country, even if Congress as an institution is more powerful than the presidency (which may or may not be so).

        •  You could not have made a worse argument (0+ / 0-)

          with me, than to hold up President Obama's record of reform.  

          Some of the choices he could have made instead:  

          Single-payer
          Card check
          immigration reform
          end of Guantanamo and "extraordinary rendition"
          NOT to use drones
          reigning in FISA and the NSA

          I could go on and on...

          Finally, if the President is truly the most powerful person in the country, why is that we've been debating "austerity" for two whole fucking years?

          Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

          by Big River Bandido on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:33:06 AM PST

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