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  •  I hope that happens too (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, allie123, island in alabama

    I'm a little concerned that Obama's cool and caution, and his desire to compromise, all of which were assets in the campaign, could end up being liabilities in the face of an opposition party that has no interest in reaching the middle ground or in doing anything for the country. Their only interest is in making Obama fail. I'm worried that he sees bipartisanship as an end in itself, rather than the best means to achieve good ends; if bipartisanship is his goal, then the GOP can defeat him simply by opposing him, which they would have done anyway.

    I know there are those who say "give him time," etc, but I think the earliest actions will set the tone for the entire administration. Here in MI, Gov. Granholm would simply give in to some GOP demands without even making them come and negotiate. In the name of Clinton-style triangulation, she ended up getting pushed around by GOP in the state legislature for both of her terms, and accomplishing almost nothing notable.

    •  I share your concerns (3+ / 0-)
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      bb123, elwior, island in alabama

      one thing that reassures is that Obama's campaign was always a step ahead.  Remember how accurately they predicted the primary results district by district.  Maybe he knows how to get things done.  I sure hope so for us all.

      •  Compromise to bait the trap? (1+ / 0-)
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        allie123

        I was wondering if Obama was going all out to try to "compromise" with the Republicans and find "common ground" knowing full well that they might rebuff his overtures. He is then is a good position to play hard ball since it was the Republicans themselves who destroyed their opportunity for meaningful input. He can now say "I tried."

        "The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time." - Terry Tempest Williams

        by your neighbor on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 02:41:50 PM PST

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