Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Break that Wagging Finger

Obama hasn't 'scolding Progressives', he's deflecting all of the deserved blame for his failed policies and governance onto Progressives. Rahm had Clinton do it in 1996. Pretty damn irresponsible, if you ask me.

I'm sure Freud would have something to say about Obama's addict-like need to appease the GOP Daddies and shit on the people who elected him.

Sad what Obama has turned into. Doesn't hold anyone responsible and is never responsible for his own, many failures.

Just strengthens my resolve to only vote for one Dem (Jerry Brown) in November. I'm really not scared of the alternative.

Weak and wrong. Weak and wrong.

Obama both rallies, scolds Dems in campaign trip | al.com:
"'It's not helpful,' said John Aravosis, the editor of the progressive AMERICAblog.com. 'The base is depressed and they're depressing it even more, and it's not clear why.'

Said DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas: 'They wouldn't be in this predicament if they delivered on their campaign promises, rather than waste the last two years putting bipartisanship above action.'"
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Alas. I wish I could afford to purchase a ball that I could take to the home I can't afford to own.

Jane Hamsher: Obama's Blame Game: It's Not About Turning Out Voters, It's About Protecting Himself:
"And right now, Obama is turning the Democratic base into Martha Coakley and setting them up for the blame for any electoral failure in fall. The people who showed up to vote for him in 2008 'just weren't serious' if they 'now want to take their ball and go home.' There is no internal consistency to the narrative that the 'professional left' is suppressing turnout by criticizing Obama, but Obama is not suppressing turnout when he scolds the voters who aren't clapping loudly enough for his achievements. But few in the professional punditocracy find their way to that obvious conclusion. This isn't about motivating Democratic voters. It's about setting up a fall guy for November. The headline should really read:

Obama Distances Himself From Democratic Voters"


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The Obama Administration is 100% responsible. Don't forget it.

Do Progressives Need Tough Love or Coddling? | Talking Points Memo:
"It's time for the administration to face the fact that it is they who are responsible for 100% of the problems the Democrats now face in the upcoming midterms. It isn't the left and progressives and actual Democrats who criticized them and warned them and begged them not to sell out on issue after issue who turned people off. No polls are providing evidence that progressive criticism of the President's lackluster results on everything from the stimulus, to healthcare, the wars, climate change, financial 'reform', credit card 'reform', and a host of other issues is fueling the enthusiasm gap. Quite the contrary.

It is a total distortion and misreading of what is going on among voters to make the straw man argument that people are upset because Obama didn't do 'everything' 'overnight'. People are upset because the administration's priorities have not been addressing the problems that real people face like unemployment and foreclosure and that those things that have been done have been an almost embarrassing gruel of half measures and compromises that don't promise to solve the problems we face or prevent future problems."
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Dean/Grayson 2012

Dean Called Rahm's 'Contempt' For Base 'Devastating And Incredibly Demoralizing': Book Excerpt:
"The majority of the book looks at the efforts by former DNC Chairman Howard Dean to build a national network that could immunize the party from becoming either marginalized or regionalized. But the epilogue charts out how the style of Obama's governance drained the type of voter enthusiasm that, Dean acknowledges, was critical in those efforts.

'The White House began to believe that they could mobilize their supporters without hearing what their supporters really wanted in terms of specific change,' Dean is quoted as saying. 'The principal problem with OFA is the same one the president's having. You can't dictate to your base what's going to happen. It's got to be a two-way deal, and it hasn't been.'"
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Biden and Obama can do something that rhymes with 'buck' and includes 'off'.

AMERICAblog News: Biden: Liberals need to 'buck up':
"The President refused to challenge someone standing in the way of his agenda. Sound familiar?

The reason the Republicans have been able to filibuster nearly every single piece of legislation, the reason we have a new majority in the Senate, is because Democrats - with Barack Obama at the top of the list - have enabled the Republicans ever step of the way.

Rather than lecturing Democrats about how unreasonable they are to be upset with the President for constantly negotiating with himself, Biden would do better having a talk with his boss, and asking him why George Bush was so effective at passing his agenda, at kow-towing Democrats, and at thwarting opposition filibusters, when Bush had far fewer numbers than Obama has now in the US Senate.

60 is the new 50 because Democrats permit it be so."
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I scored 14/15 on the mini quiz. Of course we know more. We are thinkers.

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says - latimes.com:

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2 comments:

Jez said...

I didn't see the mini quiz in that article. Oh, well.

JPW said...

here ya go: http://features.pewforum.org/quiz/us-religious-knowledge/