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Yes.  Frank Rich has it right, of course.  Rachel Maddow has explained how to do it.  Frankly, I thoughtI had something useful to add, but nobody else seemed to think so.

Still, it is easier to come up with this stuff from the sidelines, I guess.  Presidents and their staffs feel so much weight on them with every decision, that sometimes a little distance helps.

That is why The West Wing was so valuable.  So many of the people writing and otherwise working on on that stupendous, invaluable program had worked for President Clinton or on Capitol Hill, but were a continent away, writing fiction, and sometimes came up with their best stuff there.

For instance, from the fourth season episode called "College Kids" nominally talking about a college tuition idea but certainly applicable to the current situation:

There are a lot of reasons not to do it...There are a lot of reasons not to do it, but during the first campaign the President said there are two kinds of politicians.

The ones who try to say yes, and the ones who try to say no.

We're going to throw these guys out 'cause they want to say no.

I guess if we're going to get thrown out, I don't want it to be for that. Let's take it to Leo.

add the spectacular Aimee Mann singing the James Taylor song "Shed a Little Light" (she needs to record this someday) and you really have something.

I suspect Mr. Sorkin will not object if the White House finds a way to use this.

Originally posted to Barth on Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 02:46 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

    by Barth on Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 02:46:58 PM PST

  •  And incase you just wanted to scream (2+ / 0-)
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    Kentucky DeanDemocrat, Danise94

    into the White House's face ... not to worry!

    Ed Shultz has that covered for you too!

    MSNBC's Ed Schultz had some choice words for White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a recent off-air conversation -- an extension of their contentious televised exchanges.

    "I told him he was full of sh*t is what I told him. I mean I did." Schultz told an audience in Minnesota over the weekend. "And then he gave me the Dick Cheney f-bomb the same way Senator Leahy got it on the Senate floor."

    Schultz continued: "I told Robert Gibbs, I said 'And I'm sorry you're swearing at me, but I'm just trying to help you out. I'm telling you you're losing your base. Do you understand that you're losing your base?'"

    •  No, of course... (0+ / 0-)

      they don't understand, well at least they didn't understand...I don't know about now..after a "whopping" any  wayward child loves to be held and shown love, and in return they show love back....President Obama's speech the other day in Ohio might have been the silent cry of a wayward child...the disregard this WH has shown their supportive base has been ridiculous...IF, and that's a big IF, they didn't get the message after Tuesday, then I believe they are in desperate need of being sent to "special" ed...and I will be one of the first voters in line in November making sure that some of them begin making the long trip home...

      •  I love them. I do. (3+ / 0-)
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        Kentucky DeanDemocrat, Danise94, budr

        They are a significant improvement over what we had, and the most forward thinking presidency since President Kennedy, but, as Frank Rich points out today, they need to fight.  When US Steel told President Kennedy that they could do what they want, the President showed them that they could not.  He may not have had the power to force them to do it his way, but he had the microphone and he used it and he won.

        And if he had not been murdered, his re-election would have been a cakewalk.

        Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

        by Barth on Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 03:52:28 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh, please don't get me.... (1+ / 0-)
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          wrong...I love them too...I have voted in every election since 1972....was a die-hard Democrat, turn Independant, turn I know what "fighting" is...but you have got to reconize and admit you have an enemy first before the fight can begin...does President Obama see the Republicans for what they really are now, or will he and his "administration" still wear those rose colored glasses they must have borrowed from Michelle's closet...either way I am ready to FIGHT, been ready...I just hope we, his base, do not have to continue to stand on the front lines and continue to fight this fight by ourselves...

  •  Hence, I commend to them (1+ / 0-)
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    Sorkin's lines in the voice of "Toby Ziegler."  There are many reasons not to do anything, but doing something is what it is all about.

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

    by Barth on Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 05:17:12 PM PST

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