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Posted on Sep 25, 2009
White House / Pete Souza

President Obama meets with Blue Dog Democrats in the White House Blue Room.

By David Sirota

The recent headlines about President Barack Obama working to crush primary campaigns against Democratic incumbents would be great fodder for a canned column looking at hypocrisy.

Yes, it would be easy to read about the president trying to clear the Empire State’s primary field for appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and then pen a screed wondering how that squares with Obama promising to avoid “be[ing] the kingmaker” in local elections.

With the White House citing genteel deference to incumbents as justification for its efforts to stop a Democratic primary against Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, it would be a cinch to write an essay noting that Obama might never have become a successful politician had he not first taken on incumbents in 1996 and 2000.

Watching Obama help newly appointed Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., attempt to thwart a primary challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, I might have a grand time simply railing on a president who never would have reached national prominence had he not run against machine-backed puppets in a Senate primary. Indeed, this Colorado example is a replica of that now-famous Illinois contest in 2004. Bennet, like one of Obama’s toughest opponents back then, is a millionaire who has never run for public office. And as in 2004, the millionaire is being propped up by the Establishment against a state legislator who has oodles of experience and grass-roots support. The hypocrisy, of course, is that Obama is now backing the tycoon instead of his former self.

No doubt, if I devoted this column to any of that history, presidential aides would respond (if at all) by saying Obama is only aiming to preserve Democratic Party strength. And then I would publish an even easier-to-write follow-up reminding those aides that last year Obama said primaries like his 2008 presidential campaign have helped the Democratic Party because they have “engaged and involved people [voters] like never before.”

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But incongruity and deceit are tired subjects. From Glenn Beck attacking Wall Street largesse that he applauded previously to congresspeople criticizing deficits they originally created, there’s so much discrepancy in today’s public sphere that it is no longer interesting. Obviously, Obama and other politicians are happy to “kick away the ladder,” as the saying goes—that is, to close off paths they once used and to undermine local democracy with tactics they heretofore inveighed against. Obviously. And it would be a waste of space to obsess over that grotesque banality.

Far less obvious—and far more worthy of precious column inches—is an examination of what the hypocrisy says about the president’s outlook, beyond letting us know he sees Washington as a country club that must protect its own members.

At a moment when Obama’s agenda is acutely threatened by congressional Democratic recalcitrance, the president’s anti-primary posture tells all Democratic incumbents he will defend them, regardless of their position on issues. And that message blunts Obama’s most powerful instrument of legislative leverage: fear of contested elections.

Without vigorous primaries forcing Democratic legislators to face Democratic voters, those legislators feel free to defy the president’s Democratic agenda. Alternatively, with primaries, Democratic lawmakers typically compete to show who is more committed to the Democratic agenda. As two examples, Sens. Specter and Bennet went from mealy-mouthed equivocation to strong support of the public health care option immediately after opponents announced primary challenges to them.

Hence, in trying to prevent or weaken primaries against incumbents, Obama is not merely signaling a royalist’s disdain for local democracy. He is exposing a corrupted pol’s willingness to prioritize country club etiquette over policy results. If his agenda ends up being killed, that cynical choice will be a key cause of death.

David Sirota is the author of the best-selling books “Hostile Takeover” and “The Uprising.” He hosts the morning show on AM 760 in Colorado and blogs at OpenLeft.com. E-mail him at ds@davidsirota.com.

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By Jim C, September 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

MackTN , I’m afraid it might be wishful thinking to believe that Obama is
standing firm on health care reform . If you follow the sequence of whats
happened , 1st , he said he was for a public option , sort of . 2nd , he appeared
to back away from it , sixty votes , co opts , political reality and all of that
blather . 3rd , his base started to raise hell . 4th , he’s for the public option
again , but not really fighting for it , just giving nice fuzzy platitudes etc , but
never drawing a line , taking off the gloves or playing hardball with the
opposition . He has also tolerated his closest advisers and cabinet members
running around saying it can’t be done . Now I ask you , what would you do if
you were the president and your closest advisers etc were out there making
public pronouncements concerning a program or reform you really , really
wanted ? Saying it wasn’t going to happen or couldn’t be accomplished and
supposedly doing so without your permission ? Has he done anything , no ,
just smiled and made a few speechs , still not really promising anything , really
fighting or repremanded the offenders . What’s going on here my friend , allow
me to use a boxing analogy , he’s looking to take a dive , but of course he
can’t look like he’s throwing the fight , he’d piss his fans off so he has to
appear to be putting up a scrap , but the fix is in . He has tried to hit the
canvas several times but the crowd started booing , so he gets back up and
pretends like he’s still in the fight . If he can’t figure out how to dive he’ll
simply allow himself to lose on points , watered down public option , co opts ,
or some such sell out . I can understand you’re hoping he is doing a rope a
dope and will come out swinging any time . But it ain’t gonna happen , we’ve
been had , sad but true and believe me , I hate it too , but I have accepted it .
As I wrote earlier , the writing was on the wall as soon as he started picking his
cabinet . Those he picked are not agents of change but rather slippery sleeze bags whose goal is and has been to procure corporate and special interest money , not put forth sound public policy .

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By JenniferBedingfield, September 27, 2009 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

Ardee, true. Sorry, sometimes I just take it all too hard on myself although I’m not as bitter and upset as I used to be. Im still working out the kinks in life though. Thanks.

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By Anthony Look, September 27, 2009 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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Just another example as to why as Democrats we need to make sure that President Obama is a one term president. We need someone with testicular fortitude that can address the continued traitorous behavior of the right. Genderwise I can think of at least one candidate that would deal with the Republicans with a more well deserved forceful approach.

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By mackTN, September 27, 2009 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

President Obama…why, oh why, do I constantly swing from hot to cold on a guy that should represent King’s “I have a dream”? 

Yes, I like that he’s standing firm on health care reform. But, no, I turn cold at the idea that this last chance at reform might turn out to be a concession that merely strengthens the status quo.

Yes, I like that he’s concerned about consumer protections. But, no, he’s still got the wolves guarding the hen houses.  Credit card companies i.e. banks are still stealing from the masses by raising rates with impunity—who is shutting this down?  What recourse do you have when you get treated unfairly by the banks?  (Banks,auto companies, by the way, that contributed big time to Obama—look in opensecrets.org).

Why did wall street and all these corporations get so much federal assistance and protections as opposed to the constituent? 

I’ll tell you what I think.  And it’s related to illegal immigration, the fact that corporations lost so much of their free labor (read profits)and were forced to deal with expensive American citizens.  What’s the best way to devalue that workforce?  Tank. Bring down the economy.  Destroy lives. Turn American citizens into the new illegals who’ll work for a quarter of what they used to (primarily because they are up to their eyeballs in debt that is outrageously inflated).

I do hope that President Obama has a plan behind all this, that he’s not going to another president of the corporatocracy after all.

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By Paracelsus, September 27, 2009 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

I was thinking of the recent gutting of funds for ACORN, and it was disgusting what some their staffers were advising the pimp and prostitute couple, but Congress funds Blackwater and Dyncorp and those firms actually do such these as run underage prostitutes with murder to boot.

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By ardee, September 27, 2009 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

JenniferBedingfield, September 27 at 10:37 am #

Hi ardee,

I’m glad to see you again myself. I’ve been going through the same hell in the real world and throughout most of the blogsphere as you have given the way you are being misunderstood and laughed at.

Oh geez, Jennifer ( if I may use the personal) consider the source of the criticism. I get along with those I consider intellectually capable, and those who refuse to use insult to mask their inability to support their positions. I even get along, mostly, with some who cannot, Folktruther being among them. I think him increasingly impatient and frustrated, his politics a bit on the confused side, but I think him basically, way, way down deep, a decent enough guy.

Hang in there, always use introspection and research to confirm the correctness of your position, and screw the clowns, the ideologues and the morons. You got to be true to yourself first.

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By JenniferBedingfield, September 27, 2009 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot,

Spot on. Thanks.

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By JenniferBedingfield, September 27, 2009 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Hi ardee,

I’m glad to see you again myself. I’ve been going through the same hell in the real world and throughout most of the blogsphere as you have given the way you are being misunderstood and laughed at. When I find even social conservatives in addition to my already conservative parents supporting single payer health care, stopping these wrongful wars and occupations, asking for an end to the drug war and legalizing hemp, saying NO to bailouts on Wall $treet, etc… I often wonder who’s really who anymore. It has come to the point that I am not only getting fed up with the party labels, I am also getting fed up with the ideological labels themselves. Democrat or Republican, I am sick and tired of pols wearing the conservative, liberal, progressive, moderate, independent, centrist, etc… labels and then doing nothing but put us in more tears and frustrations. The way most voters vote is like judging a book by its book cover and not its contents. By actually digging into what each candidate really stands for and/or has to show for it, I feel that the way I am voting is like judging a book by its contents and not just its book cover. Oh well, the politics of poisoning the electorate never ends. :=(

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By ardee, September 27, 2009 at 6:46 am Link to this comment

JenniferBedingfield, September 26 at 10:20 pm

Welcome back , Ms. Beddingield, good to read your posts again…

As a fellow “three time winner” I express solidarity with your choice of the best candidate in those last three national elections.

Unless and until people consider their votes with an eye to past performance and future expectations, as well as the words of the candidates themselves, we are doomed to a rejection by the winner of the very reasons progressives voted for that winner.

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By JenniferBedingfield, September 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

There is nothing surprising here. In 2006, Obama was already engaged in meddling with Democratic Primary elections. He made it clear that he was strongly pro-status quo. If David Sirota thinks that only working within the party is the answer, he has no heart for true progressives and liberals who just don’t happen to wear the “Democrat” label. Obama knows all of Dubya’s tricks and has successfully copied him. Looking back at the last 8 months, I’m glad I voted a third time for Ralph Nader in last year’s election.

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By tahitifp, September 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

You’re right, Jim.  He won’t fire Rahm, so we’ll have to *fire* him at the polls…somehow.

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By Litl Bludot, September 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s support for the reelection of blue dogs and ex Republicans is easy to understand once people can admit to themselves that the Obama they voted for was a guy who is completely amoral.  He dismissed single payer and offered up a “public option” to give his supporters something they could point to as a reason to support the health care “reform”.  It was only meant to divert attention away from single payer. It was bait. Now he’s paying off the people he really pimps for, the insurance industry. And, since Medicare really works, it will be deprived of the elements that make it work so people won’t be able to point to it as a positive example of government actually working.  The health care “reform” will try to destroy Medicare, force everyone into the for profit system, kill more people, and make more money.  This is Obama’s “reform”. He’s a disaster for this country.

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By djnoll, September 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

JimC-

Your comment is the very thing that has been getting to me since late last November as I watched our President pick his advisers.  I recognized the Clinton faction and the DLC picks, but in only minor positions did I see people who would actually follow up on the agenda the President ran on.  I took a wait-and-see attitude, but as I have watched these people undermine what we voted for, I knew it was time for something to be done.

As someone who is working on her doctorate in sustainable governance, I realize that when bad advisers further a corporate agenda that is unsustainable, public policy itself becomes unsustainable.  I have been writing to the White House and put up on other sites demands that Rahm Emanuel and the entire Clinton-Corporate faction be sent packing.  This group lives and breaths corporate control and should have no place in a free, democratically elected administration.  It is time to end corporate personhood and get these vultures and power-mad CEOs out of politics.

Unfortunately, our President gets everything through filters - the media, Rahm Emanuel, military commanders, you name it.  As such he is not getting it!  He is not truly seeing how angry his government is now making those very people who voted him in, coupled with the fanatics who are intimidating the cowards in Congress and the likes of Pelosi and Reid who will sell out anyone to further their agendas (and always have.)  Add to this the hate and obstructionism of the Republicans, and we have a disaster.

That is why the march and national work strike.  It is the first step - make ourselves seen in vast numbers across this nation, and make our demands (the ones we voted for last November) real again in such a loud voice that Washington Politicians and Corporations across this land shake in their boots!

It is imperative that we let these people know that we meant it when we voted for universal health care, the end of wars, closing of Gitmo, living wages, a clean environment, a safe, secure food supply, and energy independence.  These are how America will be sustainable - but it cannot be just at the national level, it must be at the local level as well and that is where the National Work Strike comes in.  When the corporate purse strings are pulled tighter, they pay attention.  We cannot bankrupt the country - corporations and the Bush Administration already did that.  But we can make them see that a jobless recovery and living under threat to create working conditions that are unacceptable is not going to work anymore.  We may not own stock in these various multi-national corporations, but without us, there are no corporations, period.  We are human beings, and our rights supersede that of a legal entity set up to make a profit!  If we shut down this nation for just one day - stand in overwhelming numbers outside of government offices, and make our voices heard, we can make an impact.

Please go to the my website:

http://www.letfreedomring.community.officelive.com

and read it.  Find the Contact Us page, and send me your suggestions on what can be done to make this a better nation and what you think we can to do together as a people to change our government.  I personally want to take the President on and give him the lecture of his life, starting with demanding that he fire Rahm Emanuel, clean out the Clinton staffers and left over Republicans, and start leading this nation, not as a partisan leader, but as a President of the United States, the leader of the free world.  That is what we elected him to do, and it is what we expect him to do NOW!

I hope to hear from everyone soon, and hope to see you all either on my journey, in DC, or on your local news as you make your local leaders and the corporations of American see and hear you!

Devon J. Noll, MPA

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By Jim C, September 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Firing Rahm and frankly most of his administration would be a great start , but
it ain’t gonna happen , he didn’t hire him by accident . He’s just the guy he
wanted in there . I think his ” star sruck ” supporters are in shock , they just
can’t yet come to terms with the fact they’ve been had , they keep waiting for
an FDR figure to emerge . The corporate boy’s are in complete control , so if
Obama tanks what’s our choice , to vote in a republican ? It’s a ” heads we win
, tails you lose ” situation , again , we’re screwed . The writings on the wall ,
for healthcare in particular . We’ll maybe ” maybe ” get a watered down public
option if any at all . If we do get one you can bet it will be designed to fail .
Then the democrats will pine ” oh , what could we do ” after all , they only have
huge majorities in both houses and the presidency . The writing was on the
wall as soon as he started picking his cabinet , right wingers all , not a liberal
in it . Not the kind of group one puts together to push a liberal agenda .

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By tahitifp, September 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

Firing Rahm would be a good start.  When all his star-struck supporters wake up, if they do, he’ll pay at the polls.

If we don’t want Betrayus or Palin for prez, we need to start organizing now to challenge Obama.

I’m keeping my eye on Weiner from NY.  He’s right on healthcare; don’t know about other things yet.

Sorry - got off topic. grin

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By Jim C, September 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

Djnoll , Emanuel is twisting arms , the arms of those who want real healthcare
reform or try to get any item in the liberal agenda pushed forward . I’m sure
you’ve heard of the meeting of liberal activists he called ,then used the event
to tell them how stupid they were for having the temerity to call out the blue
dogs and run adds against them . He threatened to pull any funding and
support from them if they didn’t fall in line . Of course they started quaking
and meekly obliged . I knew we had been had as soon as Obama started
putting his cabinet together . I mean come on , he just had to have Timmy
Geithner , Larry Summers and then that little weasel Emanuel . The first two
were deeply involved in creating this mess and Emanuel is a DLC guy . The
DLC is nothing but the corporate wing of the democratic party . Their main
interest is getting the big boys to move their money to the democrats from the
republicans . The corporate powers realized a while ago that the situation with
the republican party was starting to fray . They had used the religious right
and other assorted wing nuts to gain power . The problems began when the
aforementioned nuts started wanting the party to move on their far right social
agenda . The corporatists understood the general public would eventually
reject that direction so they gained a foothold by funding the DLC . You may
notice that pretty much all the democratic leadership are DLCers and to the
right of the democratic base , there aren’t any liberals in leadership , go figure
. So now it seems we’re screwed , we have no where to go , corporate money is
in complete control . We have the far right loonies with the republicans and
the right wing corporate controled democrats . As soon as it was apparent that
the democrats would have sizeable majorities Reid and the rest of the
leadership started looking for excuses not to move , ” need sixty votes ” , ”
want to be bipartison ” , stall , stall , stall anything but move forward and
annoy their paymasters . It reminds me of the old joke about the dog that
finally caught the car . It also seems that a lot of liberal personalities , talkers ,
writers etc are a bit in shock and don’t really know what to do . They keep
going on about how sly Obama is being ( at least they hope ) , playing chess
not checkers etc , I think they’re having trouble figuring out how to deal with
what’s becoming more and more apparently naked betrayal . Where do we go
from here , I don’t know , any suggestions ? I do know however that the liberal
base needs to start raising hell , not support corporate turncoats and not
except compromises which are really unnecessary capitulations . And those
who keep hoping that Obama is FDR reincarnate need to wake up , hello , he
ain’t ,  we’ve been had people . It’s time to take off the gloves and start
fighting , it ain’t chess he’s playing , it’s liars poker and it’s past time to call his
bluff . So Kdelphi , are you still in Dayton or in the Florida sunshine ?

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By yours truly, September 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Even if these Blue Dogs face progressive challengers in the primary election, with the progressives going on to win the general election, can we count on them to make good on their campaign promises?  And if not, isn’t talk of elections & possible candidates a distraction from the task at hand; namely, our rising up en masse for the purpose of changing the world?  Otherwise? Doomsday, based on perpetual wars + global warming + economic collapse, that’s what.

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By Brian, September 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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There should no longer be ANY assumption that Obama wants, or has ever wanted anything different than what the right-wing Democrats (so-called centrist) want – with their Republican counterparts.  In fact, there should no longer be any assumption that Obama wants anything much different than what the Bush Administration wanted in regards to the rule of law issues relative to restoring our Constitutional rights in this post 9/11 hell that has become some country other than America.  For those of you on this forum who think I overstate my last point against Obama, perhaps you’re not aware of Obama’s DOJ many reiterations in court of Bush Administrations legal positions.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, September 26, 2009 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Obama and the Democrats are a totally, utterly lost cause.  So who cares what he does about the Blue Dogs?  It’s carrying coals to Newcastle.

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By glider, September 26, 2009 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Good article that misses, but does imply, one critical point.  Obama’s publically stated “agenda” is not is real world action “agenda”.  Obama must be examined in the light of what he does and not what he says, good advice for all corrupt politicians.

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By Rodger Lemonde, September 26, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

Just hope that the Blue Dogs don’t ‘Nader’ the Obama
play book. It is to early to tell how Obama’s plans
will work. Make no mistake this man has a long term
plan as well as reaction to the news cycle.
The Blue Dogs are spotlighted because of the totally
partisan response from the republicans.

Taking a knife to a gun fight is only dumb when you
don’t take a gun. Some times the less obvious choice
is most effective.

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By photoshock, September 26, 2009 at 8:02 am Link to this comment

The problem as I see it is this, we voted into office the lesser of two weasels. An active and enabled third party is necessary in this country.
Historically, we have had in this country third parties that were powerful enough to get their members elected in local elections, that is because the third party had a handle on how the people thought and felt in times of economic distress and political uncertainty. Yet, now with all of the uncertainty and turmoil, we cannot field third party candidates who have a clear and consistent message that resonates with the people.
My guess is this, eventually the people will rise up and rebel against the current system, ‘a soft glove revolution,’ that throws ‘them bums out,’ and elects people who will be responsive to the needs of the people not the corporations and multinationals that control our government now.
How soon will this happen? Only time will tell, but hopefully before I am dead and buried. For I see corruption and hypocrisy on every side. Democrats as well as Republicans are no longer listening to the people that give them these cushy, paid for medical care and extremely ‘honorable’ positions.
The ‘blue dog democrats’ and Republicans talk about not wanting ‘socialized medicine’ yet, they have unlimited health care at no cost, dental coverage and all prescriptions paid for. Are not the people, the ones who pay for the representatives to have this privilege worth the same? Apparently not according to those who are watering down the need for ‘socialized medicine.’

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By tropicgirl, September 25 at 2:09 pm #


“Yuh. And the unrest among the people is due to Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh,
and, of course, Sara Palin. Certainly not due to crap like this… “

AND crap like this!  Isn’t it time to rename the country? How bout “States of America”? Because there certainly ain’t nuthin United about it!!!

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By Quinty, September 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

The problem with many of the Blue Dogs is that they hope to survive in
Republican districts.

The disgust with Bush crosses party lines. Many Blue Dogs were elected in a
wave of “throw the bums out.” They, the Blue Dogs, are not liberal Democrats.
In many cases they turn out to be merely alternatives to Republicans tainted
with Bush’s numerous misdeeds, espousing the same fundamentals as Republicans.

Are these Blue Dogs secret liberals, or progressives? Hardly. They may, in fact,
be only a temporary blooming in the Capital Hill desert, unless their
constituents have a change of heart.

But as I said, they are not liberals. They represent conservative districts. So
unless they can be otherwise enticed there is little reason to expect a majority
of them will support a progressive agenda. Unless, of course, they or the voters
who elected them have a change of point of view and heart.

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By KDelphi, September 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

taikan—“AHAAA” moment!

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By taikan, September 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Obama is a very intelligent person.  Thus, he must know that by making life easier for those who oppose his announced agenda, he is making it it less likely that his announced agenda will be realized.  That being the case, then it stands to reason that he must not actually want his announced agenda to be realized.

In other words, it appears as though LostHills may be correct.

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By dr wu, September 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

The evil Rahm Emmanuel is at it again! Blue dogs, yellow dogs—right wing ,so-called Democrats, are his stock in trade. Get him out of the White House!

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By djnoll, September 25, 2009 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

To KDelphi-

If you want to contact me, just e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  I am encouraging anyone here who wants to become involved in this to just e-mail if they are having the same kinds of problems as KDelphi.  I will put up a webpage, so if you organize a local event that will correspond to the March of Strike, I will put out the word.

Thanks for the support.

Devon Noll

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By KDelphi, September 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

Why would Obama want to preserve Dem majorities? They arent doing anything that the Dem Party is supposed to “stand for” anyway. (what “liberals” think it stands for) GOPO majorities wil be another excuse to do nothing.

If is very confusiong to me to constantly hear people that support Obama asking “who’s behind it”—Obama of course. You simply didnt pay any attention during the election, or, more, likely, you heard what you wanted to hear. He was fairly bluntly a neo-=liberal…what does that mean? Blue Dog. A Clintonian. A DLC.

A REAL Democrat.

ChaoticGood—what did JFK, say,—those that prevent peaceful revolution make a violent one inevitable? Incrementalism is a good way to let people die while waiting. Most who supported Obama thought he said something much different.

djnoll—I went to the website. I agree with alot of what you say. I dont have Office, so my server wouldnt use the contacxt form I will send you an email.

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By herewegoagain, September 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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Well, I’m all for clearing the way for Gillibrand. She was one of only 75 Senators that voted against defunding ACORN. That shows me she actually has a brain and a spine.

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By rollzone, September 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

hello. stay home patriot. do not frivolously waste your resources and energies on an individual escapade. work locally within groups that send legitimate representatives to Washington,D.C. . this article bemoans the hypocrites oath that power begets. every elected official pledges to pursue the interests that best suite his agenda and promote his cause of self preservation. they are relative to the power you yield. gobble gobble.  the rise to the pinnacle is never a blueprint for success. ask Hilary. when you achieve a level of power that places you above many turkeys you have to work alongside, it will occur to you that it may be better to endorse someone capable of supporting your personal agenda, as opposed to wasting frivolous energies cajoling and penning the turkeys that comprise your party. gobble gobble. there will be a lot of turkeys served for the 2010 Thanksgiving dinner, because you just can not work with turkeys in the office. Libertarians are a little extreme, but it is my opinion they are on the right track.

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By LostHills, September 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

I think that people will be able to understand the pres and his actions better once they realioze that he is a Blue Dog himself.

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By djnoll, September 25, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

As I read this article, I am again aware, painfully so, that the people advising our President are doing the worst possible job possible.  I wonder if they even bothered to pay attention last year to what this man was saying and what the American people were voting for.  Rahm Emanuel was not elected President, he did not form his platform or his agenda.  It is his job to see it is made possible, not override it with the agenda he was using when he was Pelosi’s attack dog. 

Mr. President, it is time to fire Rahm Emanuel and put someone in his place who will twist arms and open up the races to people who have strong support from those who elected YOU, the people of America.  It is not time to back corporate lackeys, billionaires, or political opponents.  It is time to back those who believe as you said you did, and it is time to clean house, starting with your White House staff.  It is time for a reality check and a report card.

I am not anyone special, but on October 18, 2009, I am leaving my home in Washington State to go to DC to deliver a clear message to the President and to Congress - Mr. President, we voted you and a Democratic majority into office based on YOUR promises and agenda, and one year later we are demanding that you keep those promises.  To Congress, if you do not do so now, one year from now we will vote in those who will and we will send you packing.  To the President, if we give you a supportive Congress and you do not clear out your administration of those who are undercutting your agenda and our needs, causing you to still fail to meet our needs, we will vote you out as well, and put in someone who will meet the mandate we will give them - probably an Independent with no corporate ties. 

Please join me.  To find out more on what I am doing and how you can join me, go to:

http://www.letfreedomring.community.officelive.com

My plans are there, and an itinerary will be posted by the end of the day today.  Whether you are a moderate Democrat or a moderate Republican, if you are silent now at a time when our nation most clearly needs our voices we all lose.  We cannot let radical hate speech and violence determine how we are governed.  I am putting everything I have into making my voice heard, literally.  I am not asking you to do the same,  but merely, for once in your lives, to stand up and be seen and heard by those whom we have employed to govern our nation for us. 

Thomas Paine once wrote about Sunshine Patriots.  We, the Silent Majority, can no longer afford the luxury of being Sunshine Patriots.  We are Americans, citizens of the United States of America, and we have not only rights, we have responsibilities that we have long ignored. 

Now we must take up those responsibilities and as citizens use our numbers and our power to stop being intimidated by hate speech, violence, and corrupt Politicians and CEOs.  We owe it to our country, to our children, and to ourselves to once again be a UNITED country that can stand as a shining example of what FREEDOM truly means in this world of conflict and misery.

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By tropicgirl, September 25, 2009 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

Yuh. And the unrest among the people is due to Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh,
and, of course, Sara Palin. Certainly not due to crap like this…

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By ChaoticGood, September 25, 2009 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

Obama has decided to his credit that “incrementalism” is the only way forward.
To cook the frog, one must put it in cold water first and slowly raise the heat.  So too, must conservatives be brought into the light of reason.

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By nickmammano, September 25, 2009 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

Really informative article about what’s really going on in Washington. Obama is a real disappointment and I wonder if Rahm Emmanuel is behind it.

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By felicity, September 25, 2009 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

I’m confused (what’s new?)  Is it possible that Obama is ‘defending’ incumbents (particularly bluedogs) in hopes that they’ll return the favor and come over to his side on health-care?

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By Marc Schlee, September 25, 2009 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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Sonsabitches oughta be marked for political extinction.


FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY (DIRECT) DEMOCRACY

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By ardee, September 25, 2009 at 4:15 am Link to this comment

One goes along to get along…..The presidency of James Earl Carter is a perfect example of an outsider who refused to “play the game” and thus failed to move his agenda forward.

Obama “plays the game” but his agenda is not a forward step at all….

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