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Fine-tuning the Obama Attack on the GOP


Do not assume for a nanosecond that the GOP will come in on bills that offer GOP proposals along with Democrat proposals — as in larding the climate bill with nuclear power plant construction proposals. The Republicans do not want to be bipartisan. They want to suggest that they can govern better than the Democrats. The Obama initiative to the GOP will prove a success only if one of two things takes place:

1. Continued GOP obstruction is made sufficiently noxious to all concerned that they are perceived to be more and more the party of NO.  This was the takeaway the GOP wanted to squelch Friday.  But the President laid out the price. If they cannot compromise, they cannot govern.

2. There emerges a split among the Republicans, with some coming over and enabling the Obama agenda to pass without reconciliation. This appears to be a pipe dream because  ,if it happens,  it makes the compromisers vulnerable to attack by their own party and to defeat by Obama Democrats. If I were a GOP leader, I would go with Option 1 and try to counter the party of NO charge.

Now how in the name of the deity can upstanding progressive Democrats counter the above conundrum? Here are a few ideas:

1.  Create a Talking Points Site that contrasts reality with hyperbole. Show the positive effects of stimulus and the nasty political rhetoric of the GOP sorts.

2. Begin to move from talk about bipartisanship now to talk of bipartisanship after the 2010 elections. Begin a concerted effort to find both Republican challengers who embrace the Obama agenda and Democrats who will help clear out incumbent Democrats who have essentially obstructed the Obama agenda. The goal will be to bring about a civil politics.  Create a second site that is called Civility Watch. Tell Dems to make nice and stick to the facts and flag GOP lapses.

3.  Sponsor contests for the videos that best explain the Obama agenda. This can be done in a number of ways.

4. Sponsor public forums shown on CSPAN in which the effort will be to arrive at agreement on specific legislative initiatives. The President should moderate these and the participants on both sides should be chosen by their parties.  Such events would be close in feel to last Friday’s encounter.

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4 thoughts on “Fine-tuning the Obama Attack on the GOP

  1. SallyKat,

    The 100% : 90% is a direct reference to Obama’s own written words. He himself described modern bipartisanship in those terms in The Audacity of Hope on pg. 131.

    For examples of how that is being done, one only has to look at the tactics the anti-American filth that were ruling Congress used in trying to force ObamaCare onto the backs of Americans.

    “Is wanting jobs for the many unemployed anti-American crap?”

    No, but what Liberal has ever endorsed anything that would actually creates jobs – except for jobs in the government?

    “Is wanting affordable healthcare for every American citizen anti-American crap?”

    Simply put, yes; it’s crap and predicated on the anti-American belief that healthcare is a right and must be provided, even for those who have not done anything to earn it.

  2. Sallykat says:

    Jonolan’s comments are a perfect example of “Tea Party” rhetoric that is so distructive for our country. It is a sad state of affairs that some people have gotten so consumed in their hatred for the President that having a civil, intelligent discussion about the issues is beyond their grasp.

    Is wanting jobs for the many unemployed anti-American crap?

    Is wanting affordable healthcare for every American citizen anti-American crap?

    I never have heard, NOT ONCE, any “liberal” demand 100 percent and settle for 90 percent. Thus, your assertions have zero merit.

    I agree with Stephen’s ideas and I am very sorry that this individual has chosen his blog to carry out his/her/its frivolous tirades.

  3. Simply put, most of your ideas are predicated on fantasies.

    The Liberals’ – especially Obama’s – myth of bipartisanship was and is to demand 100%, settle for 90%, and claim the opposition is obstructive.

    There’s also the fundamental issue that Obama’s agenda is pernicious and utterly and completely anti-American as is that of any “progressive.” It will be blocked, either by votes or by blood and fire.

    Finally, you’re never going to find a Republican who supports Obama’s anti-American crap who can get elected. Any such you found would either fail or be taken out.

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