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Response to mmonk (Reply #32)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:35 PM

36. centrist trying to sound liberal

. . . is a little too much. He's certainly more of a centrist than a liberal, but you make him out to be insincere in the things he believes which may or may not gain favor from a liberal pov.

I do think he was playing to the right on offshore drilling, but I'd be surprised if that turns out to be anything more than lip service; just like the regulation thing. So what if he's playing to perceptions? There's little to be lost by consolidating the branches of government he's outlined, and benefits, I think, in bringing some of those departments out of the shadow of unrelated Cabinets.

We can rightly complain that liberal pov's and liberal initiatives need advancing and promoting, but the President is likely correct in balancing those ideals and initiatives with at least a rhetorical nod to the complaints from the right. Follow what he actually proposes in the form of legislation. That's more of a measure of his progressiveness or centrism, than what Congress ultimately agrees to.

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