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(Credit where credit is due -- this clip was featured on The Daily Show tonight, October 9, 2012)

I love Big Bird, I love PBS. Not the way Romney does, but sincerely. I learned much more from PBS programs than I ever did in high school.

But, as much fun as the Big Bird meme has been, it's time for the President to drop it, and start emulating the man who made 20th c. American prosperity possible, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Listen to President Roosevelt. Every word he says could come from President Obama's mouth today, and no one, no one, could fault him for it.

If President Obama dared say this at the next debate, he wouldn't be an angry black man, he wouldn't be an Islamic radical, he wouldn't be a socialist.

He'd be an American, defending the rights of his fellow Americans.

If President Obama said this in his stump speech from this day till November 6th, he'd be a HERO to Democratic voters everywhere.

I understand what happened in the last debate -- it was the etch-a-sketch shake the Romney campaign promised us lo these many months ago. And somehow the Obama campaign hadn't prepared for it.

I personally think our President and his campaign can recover, with our help.

But we can't do it alone. President Obama has to drop Big Bird and start channeling the quintessential Democratic president.

Update
I wasn't expecting rec list, even at the bottom, even for a few minutes. Just hoping for discussion. Glad to see comments, and I'm trying to respond to all. Thank you all for reading and engaging.

Update again
Returned to obscurity, thank goodness. I hope readers will think about FDR and everything his policies have meant to us Americans, us 47%, 99%, whatever percent we think we are. We can't turn our backs on that legacy, that's all I wanted to say. (Changed title, MoT, not to get your rec, but because I think you're right.)

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  •  Or just crib off of Clinton's (3+ / 0-)

    killer convention speech.

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 08:56:48 PM PDT

  •  Big Bird is dropped already...sheesh (4+ / 0-)

    Childrens Television Workshop asked that the ad be stopped.  It was past its expiration date, anyway.

    •  My apologies for not knowing that (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, mrsgoo

      How about the notion of emulating FDR for a change? Any opinions on that?

      (And I have to confess, the Big Bird hook is just a hook -- a way to get attention, so people will talk about what it means to be a Democratic president or candidate -- for any office.)

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:03:27 PM PDT

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  •  I could rec this diary if you would drop the (3+ / 0-)
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    congenitalefty, jaywillie, basquebob

    F-bomb Big Bird in the title, simple "Take a tip from the definitive Democrat, Mr. President" would suffice.

    Otherwise, spot on

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:07:03 PM PDT

  •  I was listening to a top-of-the-hour news summary. (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, congenitalefty

    ..on the CBS Radio Network, and it allocated 1 minute to Big Bird, with Obama mentioning it in a campaign stop, and Romney ridiculing the President's obsession with Big Bird.

    Frankly, Romney sounded much more presidential.

    I haven't seen any of the Big Bird TV ads, but I do hope they have been focus-group tested.  Is there any polling data that supports the Dem's view that Big Bird helps us?

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:07:24 PM PDT

    •  What? Dems?? Focus-Test???? nt (2+ / 0-)
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      congenitalefty, happymisanthropy

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:11:36 PM PDT

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    •  The ads won't be airing on TV, they were just fun (1+ / 0-)
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      ads created to generate buzz.

      •  Apart from the ads (1+ / 0-)
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        The President has been using an ever-expanding Sesame Street metaphor in his stump-speeches.

        It's fun, raises our spirits -- but I'd rather hear him quote FDR as above.

        "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

        by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:19:44 PM PDT

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        •  Well his campaign team feels otherwise and (2+ / 0-)
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          though I know it's hip to have collective amnesia regarding anything pre-date, they were doing just fine with their approach. I don't think they would use Big Bird if it didn't work. Damn, one debate and now everybody's an unofficial advisor.

          If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

          by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:39:50 PM PDT

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          •  I've always wanted more FDR (2+ / 0-)
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            from Obama.

            It's nothing new for me, not a reaction to the debate or anything like that.

            Don't you think FDR's words above are perfectly apt today?

            "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

            by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:52:50 PM PDT

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            •  Honestly, I think you've got that from him and (0+ / 0-)

              a lot more. A lot more. But it's never enough, it seems.

              If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

              by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:57:16 PM PDT

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              •  I guess I missed it (0+ / 0-)

                when Obama welcomed Wall Street's hatred.

                I really think he's done about the best he could in the circumstances, but have a nagging feeling he'd have done better if he'd just SOUNDED more like FDR. I guess the circumstances include his being essentially a centrist.

                He's been tarred as a socialist without even approaching FDR's commitment to progressive policy. That's the pity of it.

                "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

                by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:05:04 PM PDT

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                •  FDR had his critics, too. It's easy to have a rosy (1+ / 0-)
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                  view of FDR with almost a century behind you. We are in the now and in the trenches. FDR wasn't perfect and there were quite a few Dems who were more than willing to point it out.

                  If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

                  by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:11:32 PM PDT

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                  •  Absolutely (0+ / 0-)

                    FDR had his critics, and sometimes they helped him do the correct thing.

                    Maybe criticism of Obama has had, or could have, the same effect? Or not?

                    "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

                    by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:21:41 PM PDT

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                    •  Not in this case. Because it's irrational. (1+ / 0-)
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                      The interview the O Team gave Halperin shows how level-headed they are about the whole campaign in a manner which very few here want to acknowledge. It's like all of a sudden his supporters have blocked out everything pre-debate, as though the race started that night and so all the freaking out is tailored to that - but that's not the case. Their explanation of doing the Big Bird ad says more about their confidence and approach than anything else. People here (and elsewhere) are just making comments based on whatever piece of info floats their way meanwhile his campaign have a more comprehensive picture and rightly see the race as one that was going to narrow regardless. In particular note how they breakdown the importance of the battleground states. How anyone can read that and not realize Obama is on top of it is beyond me. The handwringers are in a total other reality.

                      If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

                      by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:43:54 PM PDT

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                      •  I don't think you're speaking to me (0+ / 0-)

                        actually.

                        I'm not freaking out about the campaign. The proof that the campaign is so smart will be in the election. I really have no way to judge its effectiveness until then.  Unless Romney surges like crazy in the polls, starts attracting crowds of thousands....

                        This diary is NOT about Big Bird. I don't know how many times I have to say that. I don't care if using Big Bird as a meme for a week shows confidence or is meant to show confidence. I'd like it to be a lead-in to a larger point, about the US budget, but that seems to be lost in the general brouhaha.

                        What I am interested in is that FDR had exactly the same kind of opposition, and I'm interested in how he responded to it. I find his response effective. I think history found it effective too.

                        "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

                        by congenitalefty on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:50:58 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know about Romney as presidential (2+ / 0-)
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      There is a good point behind the Big Bird meme.

      Romney started it, with the notion that our deficit could be reduced by cutting PBS. Which is patent nonsense.

      There's no harm in pursuing that subject.

      But there are lots of other ways to motivate voters, and get the message across about how dangerous the GOP is to our nation as we know it.

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:12:14 PM PDT

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    •  it's not a coincidence that Obama would have (1+ / 0-)
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      an ad flop right after a bad debate... this is all a perception game.  When you're doing well your campaign is brilliant, when things go bad everything you do is wrong.  If Obama had had a better debate people would be saying the Big Bird stuff is great.

      That doesn't mean it really is great... politics is a hall of mirrors.  

      Extricandae copiae.

      by Lee on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:46:58 PM PDT

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  •  There is No Relationship Between BO and FDR nt. (3+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:12:29 PM PDT

    •  Do you think there never could be? (1+ / 0-)
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      mrsgoo

      Shouldn't there be a direct line between FDR and every subsequent Democrat?

      Is that line broken, and, if so, when did it break?

      Can we mend it?

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:17:39 PM PDT

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      •  i think it broke in 1980 (1+ / 0-)
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        someone more versed in history can correct me.

        shit happened for Carter.  Kennedy vs. Carter in the Democratic primary election went to the convention.  big convention fight.  Carter prevailed.  some Democrats moved to Reagan.  Reagan won.  Republicans have been pulling Democrats more to the right ever since resulting in more moderate Democratic candidates and presidents.

        Republicans took control of the Southern block of states.  it was pointed out in a diary in the last day or so that the Republican party starts out with a lead of 100 electoral votes by having the South in their pockets with each presidential election.

        since then, Democrats seem too afraid of nominating someone liberal.  they have to win over some Southern and Western states to get the presidency.  Dean did incorporate the 50 state strategy which got Democrats back in control but it also gave us conservative Democrats in Congress.  Blue Dogs seem to interfere with more progressive legislation getting passed.

        i think it will take another depression under Republican leadership for America to hit the reset button.  apparently, the 2008 bust didn't hurt the country badly enough and voters were foolishly duped into putting Republicans back in control of the House in 2010.

        or i could be completely wrong.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:56:20 PM PDT

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        •  Which Southern and Western states (0+ / 0-)

          that we don't have a pretty good chance in do we still need to win? I think the map's changing in our favor all the time, demographically speaking.

          Post-Bush was the perfect time to push a more progressive than ever agenda. It's been pretty good, Obama and Dems got a lot done, really -- but the essential narrative is still an unquestioned "what's good for business is good for America."

          Americans were partially duped in 2010, but Democratic voters were also unreliable. Nothing new there, I'm told.

          Racism's still a bitch too.

          Until we stop worshiping "businessmen" and turn working white people on to exactly where the real threat to their prosperity lies, we'll keep on sweating out this kind of tug o' war every election.

          "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

          by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:15:00 PM PDT

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  •  While Obama is cracking Big Bird Jokes (1+ / 0-)
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    the race is slipping away. Romney and Ryan will do and say anything, it is time to get serious and quit with the fucking jokes.

    No one cares about Big Bird..

    •  I think people might care (0+ / 0-)

      that the notion of defunding PBS is totally stupid as a measure for reducing the deficit, it that were the message.

      But right now it's more of an in-joke -- getting spread around all over, as everything does these days. Like all in-jokes, it just looks trivial to outsiders.

      Yes, we all need to get serious, I agree with you completely.

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:24:36 PM PDT

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    •  I think they just wanted to make sure it was the (2+ / 0-)

      only thing that will be remembered from the debate...mission accomplished.

      i'm guessing it won't be in stump speeches from this point on after the VP debate.

    •  OH NOZ!!!! Ohio is slipping...slipping... (2+ / 0-)
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      into 51%

      And we all know how easy it is unseat someone polling at 51%.

      If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

      by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:41:14 PM PDT

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      •  I think the panic is silly too (1+ / 0-)
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        No time for handwringing. Now is the time (when isn't it the time?) to reveal the weasels as weasels (no offence to the four-footed, furry variety) in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS.

        I think FDR had quite a bit of fun there, while substantively calling out his opposition. That's the kind of stuff I want to hear.

        "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

        by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:57:17 PM PDT

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      •  You say that..but (1+ / 0-)
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        The debate was a game changer..I get on joy and can barely sleep thinking if this is where the polls turn? Then tomorrow another poll comes out and we are down another point..

        I am both fighting this feeling of doom and at the same time mad at my Prez for not taking the first debate serious enough.

        I don't think all is lost but I don't know if we will win either.

        •  it ain't over til it's over (0+ / 0-)

          Don't worry, DO something.

          Phone bank, volunteer to get people to the polls, find out what the campaign needs in your area that you feel comfortable helping with.

          I think Obama took the first debate seriously, but somehow he or his advisers forgot who Romney is, and the etch-a-sketch strategy. Took him by surprise -- it shouldn't have, but it did.

          His debate was a good solid debate, but Romney was on a roll, shaking that silly toy, twiddling the knobs, LYING and FLIP-FLOPPING. But but but he had ENERGY.

          And it is hard to debate a liar of that kind. I think the abusive partner analogy that many women here were using the day after is PERFECTLY apt.

          Next debate will be different, you can be sure. Different format, and a truly prepared President Obama.

          "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

          by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:36:07 PM PDT

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        •  Did you read the O team interview w/ Halperin? (1+ / 0-)
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          They lay out the whole game right there for you: 'the race is stagnant'. They go through point by point and it's noting we don't already know. There is ZERO. ZERO reason to feel doom. Ohio is 51%.

          51%

          Please tell how Romney can beat that. And he NEEDS Ohio. As in, no Ohio, no win. So all this freaking out doesn't amount to jack. If this has you feeling doom, then imagine how you'd be feeling if Obama DID lose Obamacre from the SC, if Romney DID get a bounce after the RNC.

          That's the reality Obama was prepared for. That's not the reality folks here were prepared for. And that's sad. He botched the debate and brushed it off. Too bad his supporters can't seem to do the same.

          If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

          by DoctorWho on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:05:10 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks Doctor (1+ / 0-)
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            congenitalefty

            He can win without Ohio but he has to run the table everywhere else and that is not going to happen.

            I have volunteered for the Prez and worked phone banks several times and sent money three tiimes since the debate.

            but...you make a great point..Do you have a link to the interview?

    •  I care about Big Bird (1+ / 0-)
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      and just about any person who has ever taken care of a toddler or preschooler in this country in the last 50 years cares about him, too.

      •  What's the best way to save him? (0+ / 0-)

        I'm getting to be sorry I used Big Bird in this diary at all.

        People don't read past the title, in some ways.

        Well, it's my first diary; I'm still learning.

        "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

        by congenitalefty on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:01:41 AM PDT

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  •  Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    We all know the President performance was subpar, not on substance but on style.  Romney back was against the wall, and the President give him space to punch his way back into the race.  We all know that Romney have to win that past debate and he did.  He was ready.  The role is now reverse and the President have to bring his A-game.  Can he?  From past performance, I think he can.  Also, he is not the first President that flub a debate, and it is better to mess the first one up because he can make the necessary correction.  Most of us are disappointed--and rightly so--but atleast complancy will not become a problem because we all know that this can turn on a dime.  Additionly, the Republican doesnt have a candidate, they have a liar, but why are we surprise?  Romney did the same thing when ran for the Senate against Ted Kennedy.

    •  I'm not really fretting (0+ / 0-)

      about the President pulling this out.

      I just want from him what I've wanted from the beginning.

      That he be a strong New Deal Democrat, ESPECIALLY in public.

      Seems he's always been a little shy about that, and I think it's a shame, has held him back quite a bit.

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:33:18 PM PDT

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  •  YES! Here's another video from JFK, I'd propose... (1+ / 0-)
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    President Obama study long and hard.

  •  The point (1+ / 0-)
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    Of the big bird ads was to ridicule romney performance and to make people remember only obama had a poor debate and big bird. It's to make people not remember that Romney was good. It's bad press that changes the subject.

    •  Title was only to get eyeballs & say (0+ / 0-)

      the jokes have run their course, and it's time to get serious, but STILL have fun, as FDR and his audience were clearly doing in that old film clip above.

      I actually think there's a substantive point behind the Big Bird meme, and I'd welcome more connection to that from ANY Democrat. Cutting PBS is meaningless as a budget proposal. All of Romney's "ideas" are meaningless.

      So far it seems most people just see the joke and not the POINT. Blame that on the press?

      "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

      by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:06:17 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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        Ads like these are for people outside the beltway. That being said what a man and president fdr was. Still very disappointed Obama didn't channel fdr during his first four years. Fdr destroyed his opposition and fought for the working man. Last true democrat and the greatest president this nation has ever had.

        •  First AND last true Democrat? (0+ / 0-)

          Because I think FDR created the policy template that even Republicans followed to some extent, that was scripture to Democrats, that made the US the nation we were justifiably proud of for much of the 20th c.

          I think for decades we did pretty good maintaining the New Deal and FDR's legacy. Lots of fuckups along the way, but lots of improvements too.

          GOP has always been against the whole notion of protections for workers, equality of opportunity, etc. And they're only getting worse.

          So we've got to get BETTER.

          "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

          by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:26:27 PM PDT

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  •  I saw the clip on TDS too. I'm shocked I've never (1+ / 0-)
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    heard/seen it before, especially now since it mirrors what Romney and Ryan are doing now. Thanks for posting it. Now I can pass I around.

  •  Great message that directly conflicts with the... (1+ / 0-)
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    President's ideological predilection for compromise. You can't both state that you think Republicans will become more reasonable partners in governance after the election and hammer them for being disingenuous about the programs about which you want to negotiate with them.

    If the President really felt the Republican Party doesn't really care about any of these programs, he'd have plenty of support for taking an aggressive stance against them. Bush proved voters like bold regardless of whether they agree on the policy. But Bush wasn't just campaigning as a fighter. He led his Party in shutting Democrats out of policy making for eight years.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:06:16 PM PDT

  •  thank you all (0+ / 0-)

    for an excellent first diary experience.

    time for bed now

    pleasant dreams to everyone

    "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

    by congenitalefty on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:24:38 PM PDT

  •  Obama probably would prefer Reagan... (1+ / 0-)
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    just as he wants to emulate Reagan's "solution" for Social Security.

    NOW SHOWING
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    by The Dead Man on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 03:31:51 AM PDT

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