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If the last minute or so of President Barack Obama's speech on stopping the sequester is a sign of things to come, then the White House is preparing for a long battle over the sequester—and they're planning to fight if from the outside.

Here's that final minute of the speech, which was delivered Tuesday afternoon at Virginia's Newport News Shipbuilding:

In order for us to make that happen, I'm going to need you. The one thing about being president is that after four years you get pretty humble. You'd think that maybe you wouldn't, but actually you become more humble. You realize what you don't know. You realize all the mistakes you make.

But you also realize you can't do things by yourself. That's not how our system works. You've got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what that means is you've got to make sure that constituents of members of congress are putting some pressure on—making sure they're doing the right thing. Putting an end to some of these political games.

So I need you, Virginia, to keep up the pressure. I need you to keep up the effort. I need you to keep up the fight. If you do, Congress will listen. If you stand up and speak out Congress will listen, and together we'll unleash our true potential and we'll remind the world just why it is the United States builds the greatest ships on Earth and is the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Earlier in the speech, the president made clear that while he expects the impacts of the sequester to be severe, they will take time to develop. That means that barring a political miracle, this will be a long battle. And he seems to understand that it's not a battle he can win by sitting down behind closed doors with congressional Republicans. The only way to win it is from the outside, by having regular Americans force their Congress to act.

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  •  27 GOP Reps Won By Less Than 10% (15+ / 0-)

    If I remember correctly. 11 by less than 5%. Sleeper is always the non-enthused voter that let these asshole Republicans get in. These are the pivot point districts for the next 2 years. Definitely less real estate to saturate thna all the 2012 battleground states .Allegience to the tea party might help them not get primaried. It will not help them win the general.

  •  Get in their face! (12+ / 0-)

    Force 'em to take a stand.

    And then let's work to unelect those who willingly screw over the country to make cheap political points.

    Please proceed, governor

    by Senor Unoball on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:22:23 AM PST

  •  Glad he is doing this. (16+ / 0-)

    It is the only way.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:26:02 AM PST

    •  P.S. To the pundits who (18+ / 0-)

      say "Obama must lead," this is leadership.  

      Most pundits who say this actually mean "Obama must give the Republicans everything they demand."  It's a Republcian talking point they adopt.

      Good blog post on pundit bs:

      I'm beginning to think an infectious disease is spreading in the nation's capital. Symptoms include memory loss (forgetting everything Republicans have done in recent years), blurred vision (an inability to see obvious GOP ploys), and an uncontrollable urge to blame "both sides" for everything, even when it doesn't make any sense.

      snip

       Indeed, the Post's editors seem to have come down with an especially acute case today, as evidenced this bang-your-head-against-your-desk editorial on the sequester, which cavalierly ignores the paper's own reporting, and demands that President Obama "lead" by somehow getting congressional Republicans to be more responsible.

      snip

      Apparently, Obama is supposed to use Jedi mind tricks that will make people in the other party -- the party that has nothing but contempt and disgust for his presidency -- do what he wants them to do.

      And if the president doesn't do this, Obama is, by definition, responsible for Republicans' opposition to a bipartisan agreement.

      This is more than crazy. The media establishment's incompetence is having a direct role in contributing to a broken and unconstructive process.

      Maddow Blog

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31:02 AM PST

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      •  Short of Jedi mind tricks, couldn't Obama threaten (0+ / 0-)

        to direct as many of the funding cuts as possible to Congressional districts of Republicans, or districts of any representative who won't come to the table to negotiate in good faith?  

        I remember after he was elected Nixon transferred the Seabees from Quonset, Rhode Island (a state that didn't vote for him) to someplace in South Carolina, which he carried.  Obama could at least threaten to do the same kind of thing.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:18:07 PM PST

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    •  Not according to Lynn Sweet. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      greenbell, TomP

      Just saw her on MSNBC and she said the President needs to get a new gig (paraphrasing) because this one is not working.  According to her, he needs to lead and stop blaming the GOP.

      Our media is officially dead.  How in the world can anyone who has lived through the past 4 years say with a straight face that the President can lead the House to do anything???

      As a bonus, Ed Rendell (who is really working my last nerve) was pushing the same crap.  He of the "Fix the Debt" sham goes on every show talking about the President has to put entitlements on the table and that will bring the GOP to table with revenue.  It is maddening to hear this from a Democrat.  He has the gall to say this right after he admits that the President has put COLA on the table!!

      Everyone repeat after me:  The GOP will do whatever it takes to PROTECT THE RICH from paying a single dime more than they already do.  If you know this going in, you won't make such asinine statements about the President getting a deal with these people.  

      •  They need to stop paying Rendell because (4+ / 0-)
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        TomP, shaharazade, dlemex, musiccitymollie

        He isn't any good at propaganda.  His answer is always entitlement reform even when it has nothing to do with the question.  He even confuses the talking heads half the time.  

        I mean they must be paying him for every time he gets the phrase on the air.  Why don't they just get one of those talking stuffed animals that repeat a phrase every time you poke their tummy?

      •  Respectfully, he has put the Chained CPI on the (0+ / 0-)

        table--repeatedly, according to Bob Woodward, Matt Bai, and a host of less well-known mainstream print reporters.

        As for Ed Rendell--he is doing exactly what the Dem Leadership wants and needs him to do.  

        Since Rendell no longer holds elective office, he can 'carry the message' without fear of electoral blowback.

        The intent is to put a Dem out-front "to take the slings and arrows," who has nothing to lose.  Clever, eh?

        And Rendell's constant harping on "entitlement reform" is meant to 'give cover' to all Dems, or at least to those who intend to go along with the Republicans, on this issue.

        Washington is nothing, if not cynical.  [I know--I worked for over twenty years in the federal government, LOL!]

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:01:33 PM PST

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  •  Pretty clever and effective politics by the (10+ / 0-)

    President.  Convince a GOP House member to go with you to emphasize the impact of the sequester and also to expose divisions within their party.  Remain above the fray by reminding everyone that he has run his last campaign.  

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:29:30 AM PST

  •  Beat-down (9+ / 0-)

    Those GOP congress critters have no conception of the kneecapping they are going to continue experiencing. They are punching WAY out of their weight class, and they're going to get clobbered.

    •  Let's give them (4+ / 0-)

      the beat-down they so belatedly deserve. To that end I have a request of Jed and others writing about the sequester:  every post should include the state by state breakdown of the anticipated sequester consequences. This way when those of us who have teabagger reps we have fingertip access to info. they might understand.

    •  On Congress.org (0+ / 0-)

      I can't even view the letters sent to my GOP Congress-assholes.  I don't know if that means the site is having issues, or that the majority of letters are so full of venom that they will not let them be displayed.

      If the others are anything like mine, I suspect the latter--and that the cowards don't want the world to see how angry America is at their so-called "leaders". Every click on every single letter link redirects back to the home page.  

      I hope we're all giving them the can of verbal whoop-ass that they deserve. They disgust me.

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07:25 PM PST

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  •  Absolutely (3+ / 0-)
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    Gowrie Gal, Catte Nappe, lunachickie

    Capitol switchboard: 1-202-224-3121.
    This morning I made 4 calls in opposition to cutting Social Security. My US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and my state's 2 Republican Senators. Also I called the Senate Majority Leader's office.
    We cannot except the President to carry all the water for us. If we could, George W. Bush could have inflicted a lot more harm on us.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:36:17 AM PST

  •  It's all our fault (1+ / 0-)
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    Jarrayy

    So apparently, when the shit hits the fan, it will be all our fault, because we didn’t write enough letters to Congress. We didn’t sign enough petitions and we didn’t make enough $20 donations to politicians.  

    •  Obama cannot fail us (0+ / 0-)

      only we can fail Obama. Do you have his back?

      •  And yeah I am being snarky (3+ / 0-)

        because this who charade pisses me off. We all can be pretty sure that not a damn thing will happen or change if we write our letters or whatever. OK is correct. One the president caves or over-compromises it will all be our fault for no speaking up. Sorry, but no can do. The president can end this but I don't think he wants to. I think he wants a good deal of these cuts and the sequester gives him cover.

        President Obama did not vote the sequester into law--Congress did--but Obama has also not yet tried a relatively simple way to stop it. Professor Black thinks Obama should have floated a simple, clean bill that gave Congress the chance to vote to stop the sequester. That way, even if Congress went ahead and allowed the sequester to happen, current members would be on record as having voted for or against it.
        http://finance.yahoo.com/...
        •  That and he wants entitlement cuts (1+ / 0-)
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          Jarrayy

          instead of Defense cuts.

          I am in a holding pattern here.  I am not giving my support to anything unless I know what the deal is.  I can just see us all being used in the battle to defeat the sequester only to have them grand bargain and balanced approach away Social Security and Medicare benefits.  

          I don't have their back if they don't have mine and I sure can't tell.

    •  It won't be all our fault (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      but if we just shut up and not do anything we'll be partly at fault.

      “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

      by puakev on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:42:56 AM PST

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  •  Watching your local news? (4+ / 0-)

    Charles Pierce had an interesting piece about the sequester. He pointed out that public opinion is being shaped not by the national news media, but by local media.

    http://www.esquire.com/...

  •  Keep doing this! (5+ / 0-)

    I truly believe getting his message directly to the people is the reason why President Obama's approval keeps going up. The Republican's know it too, which is why they keep calling it "campaigning" and say PO "ought to get back to Washington & get some work done" - it is hilarious to listen to them piss and moan & not be able to do a damn thing about it.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:39:23 AM PST

  •  OK - I called (0+ / 0-)

    Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is my congress critter.

  •  For all of the people here (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lunachickie, Words In Action

    who have told us Obama can't do anything and derided the use of "the bully pulpit", this is what we've been asking him to do for 4 years. This is what he can do. He's still not using all the levers of power the President has, but he's at least using this one effectively.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:44:13 AM PST

    •  he only has the bully pulpit while he's on it (1+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter

      how does that compare with limbaugh hannity and the hundred other very loud screamers on 1000 radio stations calling out their teabag constituency to tell their reps not to help obama for the other 24hrs a day? and then the rest of the week?

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:03:08 PM PST

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      •  PS and that's been their bully pulpit all the way (0+ / 0-)

        along and they know they can count on that minority idiot constituency to enable and intimidate the GOP to stay in lock step. and cover for them until 2014 with the nonstop diversion and rationalization.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07:29 PM PST

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      •  That's right. He has to be (0+ / 0-)

        out there every single freaking day to counteract those who would seek to destroy him (and us.) That's exactly what we need; somebody in a position of power to be fighting against those guys as hard and as long as they are. Did he not realize what he was up against? If not, he was either waaaay too naive for the office, or he doesn't mind so much what's going on.

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:09:56 PM PST

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        •  it's up to the left who said they'd get his back (0+ / 0-)

          yeah, leaving it up to him is ridiculous- he wouldn't get anything done and the secret service bill would be bigger than the defense budget.

          practically no one on the left has factored in talk radio the last 25 years- that's why we're in this mess and why the right has been kicking ass.

          he has mentioned it/talk radio/limbaugh a few times actually and the left always drops the ball.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:26:48 PM PST

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          •  To whom do you refer when you say (0+ / 0-)

            "the left"? Since we do not have any ownership leverage among any media outlets, whom are you castigating?

            "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

            by bryduck on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:32:42 PM PST

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            •  everything major the left want is harder because (0+ / 0-)

              it ignores the radio. RW radio has been geting a free speech free ride while it short circuits democracy with coordinated volume and repetition. very bad strategy.

              like all reps obama is only as strong as the people behind them and the 'left' has been allowing the right a major advantage.

              it's stupid- letting a few blowhards with big microphones minimize activism at all levels just because it gives us headaches to listen to it. the compromises obama is often forced into and the defeats for the 'left' are a direct result of the right's talk radio megaphone- their ability to dominate media and decide what is and isn't acceptable, their ability to create the alternate reality, to intimidate and enable, to keep the GOP lock step.

              the 'debt crisis' and sequestration, benghazi are present egs of talk radio power to obstruct progress and like making single payer impossible and defeating the public option it's all possible thanks to the 'left's' ignore-ance of talk radio.

              This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

              by certainot on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 02:39:56 PM PST

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              •  As I noted, what radio outlets do we have? (0+ / 0-)

                If you are arguing for extremely rich progressives buying up stations and networks, I'm all for it. Alas, I don't think there are that many of those kinds of people, almost by definition. If you are arguing for stronger regulation of radio and tv networks, again, I'm all for that, too.
                However, if you are arguing that we have any ability to use the existing networks to declaim a progressive viewpoint and are refraining from doing so, I think you don't get what our opponents took decades to build and legislate.

                "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:53:17 AM PST

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                •  the fact is, it is their most important propaganda (0+ / 0-)

                  tool and there is no major organized challenge to it.

                  the monopoly itself will ensure there will be no regulatory fix- anyone waiting for that might as well wait for single payer. anyone waiting for free wifi in every car to fix the problem might as well embrace global warming.

                  waiting for rich progressives to buy up radio stations is also a non starter- they have a monopoly and it has worked well for them and they're not going to hand over their stations. and that 95-5 ratio of RW to LW stations is NOT a reflection of the market- that's another RW talking point and a hell of an insult to americans in general.

                  reacting to days or weeks or months of a RW think tank PR plan implemented with coordinated nationwide repetition AFTER the fact and in other mediums has never worked for the 'left'. ask ACORN, van Jones, Susan Rice, single payer, al gore, and all the other RW radio successes hanging in limbaugh trophy warehouse.

                  the mere fact that the left cannot read what the radio is blasting out is a defeat because we're sure not listening to it much. the local stations, with their local and national blowhards, make a huge difference in local state politics and state dems/progressives have no idea.

                  basically the GOP put carnival barkers on every corner and stump in the country calling liberals traitors and liars and thieves and whores and the left just walks on by.

                  dems could use transcription software to monitor the think tank work and then be able to respond in real time to the groundwork repetition the stations are pumping out. if they lie about a dem candidate the media should be alerted and presented with the evidence in real time, before it shows up in the letters to the editor. and when politicians and media know we know where they got the lies and myths they repeat they will be less likely to do it.

                  there is no excuse for any fed funded university to take money from a RW radio station so they can plaster their carnival barkers with sports logos. RW radio couldn't survive as is if our unis started taking their stickers off.

                  those are two ways the 'left' could stand up to the carnival barkers and challenge the talk radio monopoly that's been killing us. i'm sure there are other ways. and for almost any issue, those radio stations are better places for free speech protesting than at the capitols.

                  otherwise it's going to be same old same old.

                  This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                  by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:20:36 AM PST

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                  •  You're straining credulity. (0+ / 0-)

                    University radio v. commercial networks? C'mon. Wattage stats alone make my argument for me there. How many of these "local" stations exist that don't have tie-ins to the networks? I think your assumptions about what is possible need examining from a better grounding in who owns what in the nation, and what it takes to survive alone as a media entity opposing an extremely well-funded competition hell-bent on destroying or buying them.

                    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                    by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:27:45 AM PST

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                    •  i don't understand what you're saying (0+ / 0-)

                      those aren't university stations, those are the loudest stations in the country- the one in denver reaches 38 states at night while proudly proclaiming "850KOA,  home of the buffs and rush limbaugh!"

                      it's a monopoly and it was well subsidized and protected and even though progressive talkers can compete with and even beat the cons in some markets when they can get past the monopoly, there are many very blue areas with lots of redundant RW and sorts talk and NO progressive radio. market forces don't apply in monopolies.

                      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                      by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:56:30 AM PST

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                      •  The stations on our side are the weak sisters. (0+ / 0-)

                        There are redundant RW stations because they are all owned by RW people/conglomerates. Don't you get that? There aren't any networks owned by progressives. None. It doesn't matter to the owners that they may be losing ratings races or whatever, because they are rich enough not to care, and RW enough to only want to push the RW points.

                        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                        by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:10:31 AM PST

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                        •  i know that and while legislation can fix it it (0+ / 0-)

                          ain't going to happen until the left uses other methods to weaken their domination of the media, primarily through RW radio, which is almost completely ignored by the left!

                          any time dems have brought up media reform the RW screams FREE SPEECH! and a lot of misguided progressives agree with them. it ain't going to happen and it's killing democracy while the left sticks their iPods in their ears, walk by the carnival barkers, and then blog about some racist comment one of them made.

                          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                          by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:52:06 AM PST

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          •  I was actually being completely serious. (0+ / 0-)

            He does need to be out there every day; what does he "get done" now given Congress's gridlock that he can't get done the other 7.5 hours of his days that he wouldn't be giving some sort of address?

            "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

            by bryduck on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:34:17 PM PST

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            •  and i'm serious about security issue regardless of (0+ / 0-)

              the impossibility of such a schedule.

              This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

              by certainot on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 02:41:09 PM PST

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              •  Being "out there" on issues doesn't (0+ / 0-)

                need to mean he even has to leave his bedroom. Maybe you weren't getting my meaning.

                "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:48:30 AM PST

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                •  i did, i thought you wanted him to run around the (0+ / 0-)

                  country in a winnebago

                  This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                  by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:23:18 AM PST

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                  •  He did that 1/4 of his tenure, really, (1+ / 0-)
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                    certainot

                    didn't he? It's not too far-fetched to see him up that percentage, but no, that's not what I had in mind.

                    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                    by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:29:00 AM PST

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                •  but here's the dynamic (0+ / 0-)

                  the think tanks watch media for molehills they can turn into mountains with talk radio - unchallenged RW radio allows them to do that very easily.

                  the think tanks also watch for any traction progressive issues might get - on the national and local level- and the they design PR campaigns to counter that progress and pump it primarily through the radio megaphone.

                  they control the messaging to a large degree and they get to have it both ways as long as the left gives them a free speech  free ride and doesn't even know what theyre doing until after it's done.

                  there may be a certain point after which they would convince half of the country obama is just too visible and whiny, sit down and shut up, and that would include a lot of progressives- they do fall for a lot of RW crap.

                  and his speeches have to be well controlled and scripted - any mistakes (molehills) can be turned into mountains in hours with radio.

                  This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                  by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:34:29 AM PST

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                  •  And none of that is going to change. (0+ / 0-)

                    At least, until we rejigger the regulatory landscape, which neither of us thinks is going to happen. EVER. (Or at least, not any time soon.)

                    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                    by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:39:51 AM PST

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                    •  i think it will change when the left gets serious (0+ / 0-)

                      about talk radio- and it won't depend on regulation- and tries some standard free speech response as opposed to ignore-ance of it.

                      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                      by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:59:09 AM PST

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                      •  You don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

                        We don't own any networks. We can be as serious as we want--and you seem to not understand that anyone over the age of 30 on the left already knows talk radio is a poison--but nobody is in any position to do anything about it.

                        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                        by bryduck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:14:04 AM PST

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                        •  that's bullshit. the left hasn't tried anything! (0+ / 0-)

                          the stoprush boycott has been very effective although limited in purpose- its help in getting out the women's vote was greatly underestimated.

                          there are no protests at those stations.

                           there is a little action happening re universities endorsing those stations. 28% of limbaugh's stations piggyback university sports. no fed funded uni has any excuse for continuing to endorse global warming denial or the hate and partisanship. when the unis start pulling out many of those very loud stations will fold or  look for alternative formats to survive. at some point the monopoly will have to retreat to the southern swamps. progressive radio will be able to expand.

                          there is no organized attempt to monitor and expose RW radio coordination with the think tanks and what their messaging is in real time.

                          there are plenty of things the left could do but aren't. they stick their ipods in their ears and wait for deregulation that gets beaten back by GOP and blue dog obstructionists that will be afraid of the limbaughs and hannitys until the left gets in their face.

                          considering the time lost on global warming, ignoring talk radio and waiting for regulation has been the biggest political mistake in our history.

                          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                          by certainot on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 12:03:55 PM PST

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  •  Meanwhile his local media rounds pay off (10+ / 0-)

    Last week Pres Obama did the local media rounds. This week he releases state by state breakdown of sequester cuts. My KY local stations have been breathlessly reporting this (just as Charles Pierce said in his piece).

     The pinch is gonna be hard at state level. No wonder the schism within the GOP is deepening between DC preening wing nuts & state governors. Fascinating!

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:46:22 AM PST

  •  Obama is playing (3+ / 0-)

    the Republican's game but with a bit more truth:  Scare the shite out of the American populace and make them react like Pavlov's dog.

    He successfully got WaPo (morans) to publish his interactive State by State "you're gonna die!!!!!" map; had his Cabinet members let everyone know -- "you're gonna die!!!!" because of cuts speeches; and his own take it on the road tour.

    How does it feel, Republicans, to be on the opposite side of your scare tactics?  It feels good to me.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:46:25 AM PST

    •  Except he is NOT scaring the beJezus out of pple (1+ / 0-)
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      All the cuts Pres Obama and his cabinet have listed is not scare-mongering. They are facts. The beltway and corporate media is going bonkers screaming that the Prez should make this all stop. well Duh!

      Media has pretzeled itself into giving GOP wing nuts a pass every time for their terrorist behavior. And now they are alarmed that the monster they've oddled is bloodthirsty Frankenstein?

      "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

      by zizi on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:53:31 AM PST

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  •  And the Republicans want him to stop (5+ / 0-)

    They are all snotty about Obama "campaigning" and holding "camapign style" rallies and events instead of sitting down and negotiating with them.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:47:28 AM PST

  •  PERHAPS GOP voters need their Finaces damaged (1+ / 0-)
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    By Sequester so they fee the pinch where it hurts most.

    If the House does not compromise, Lets see how long the average GOP Joe and Jane support the sequester as it chokes their finances

  •  I don't think they will listen. (2+ / 0-)
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    The hardliners don't care what voters think about this. Even Boehner and Cantor know that.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:51:09 AM PST

    •  That's not stopping me from writing (1+ / 0-)
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      because--while you may actually be right, we STILL need to bury those bastards in mail until their servers crash and their office admins are begging for mercy.

      I've had it with these wretched whores. That's exactly what they are--wretched, evil, compromised whores.

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14:06 PM PST

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  •  WAPO frnt pg tdy had R's crying about outisde game (3+ / 0-)
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    thus it must be working otherwise they wouldn't wine that he should be in dc talking to them behind closed dorrs

  •  My email to my congressman (2+ / 0-)
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    The President doesn't have a leadership problem.  Republicans in Congress have a FOLLOWING problem.  You guys won't follow responsible leadership, not by the President, and often not even by the leader you picked yourselves, Speaker Boehner.  

    The sequester was never intended to be an economic plan.  It was a drop-dead penalty if Congress couldn't come up with a plan.  Too bad it didn't require everyone in Congress to resign if it ever went into effect.  

    In times of high unemployment and a bad economy, running annual deficits is the last thing the government should worry about.  Our depression, from 1929 to 1939, proved that.  Quit thinking like Herbert Hoover.  Just abolish the sequester.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:09:17 PM PST

  •  Forget the pundits (2+ / 0-)

    when the President has tried to negotiate and work out deals with Republicans the results have been fruitless or worse.  The sequestration itself is the product of negotiations with Republicans over the debt ceiling in 2011.

    And what did being the compromiser-in-chief get Obama?  A deal that was all spending cuts with no revenues, the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, an emboldened Republican party, a dispirited Democratic base, and a beltway press still whining that Obama was too partisan and hadn't compromised enough.

    Since then Obama has taken the approach he's taking now of taking his case to the public.  The result?  Repubs caved on the payroll tax cut renewal, then they caved on the fiscal cliff, then they caved on the debt ceiling increase.  

    Yet now our punditry thinks Obama should ditch the approach that has been so effective politically and in terms of getting more favorable policy, and that he should return to the compromiser-in-chief approach that failed so miserably and for which the punditry gave Obama no credit at all?

    It's the same Lucy with the football trick the Republicans and punditry pulled on Obama over and over again from 2009-2011.  Fortunately I think the President realizes this and won't be falling for it again.

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:12:18 PM PST

  •  This is an important development. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't follow the MSM. How are they covering it?

    When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

    by Words In Action on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:16:11 PM PST

  •  how about someone start a petetion (0+ / 0-)

    to cut Congress' pay by about 10% since it was largely them who got us into the mess we are in today. If I have to take a cut, so should they!!

  •  Are you talking to me, Mr. President? (0+ / 0-)

    Remember when I needed you, Mr. President, to stand-up for civil liberties?  Remember when you publicly opposed the Bush/Cheney administration's clandestine wiretapping of domestic telephone calls sans warrants, yet you later signed legislation barring impacted Americans the right to sue the telecommunications companies?  Do you remember criticizing the Patriot Act as a candidate, and then signing an extension of warrantless wiretapping shortly after your reelection?  How about your promise to be "the transparent president," while your administration attempted to develop its own "law" permitting it to arbitrarily kill Americans unilaterally determined to be terrorists, cloaked in secrecy from Legislative oversight and/or Judicial review?  Perhaps you recall remaining silent after your "Justice" Department literally hounded Aaron Swartz to death.

    I've been with you in the past, Mr. President - all the way.  But until you begin acting like the man I thought I was supporting, your plea for help should be directed elsewhere.

    "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." --George McGovern

    by Progressive Pride on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 03:51:06 PM PST

  •  He is driving GOP crazy doing this (0+ / 0-)

    Thats all the wing nuts can talk.  How the president should be talking to them ... Yeah right.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:45:47 PM PST

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