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Response to Demeter (Reply #59)

Thu May 10, 2012, 11:09 AM

63. Yes.

The point is, though, that while Obama and the party could hide behind the curtain of re-election, now they won't be able to do that. They'll either have to put up or shut up -- and admit they were liars. We here already know they lied: Obama was no more intending to be a good one-term president than he was intending to join the Aryan brotherhood. He wanted the two terms more than anything, more even than any kind of legacy. But retiring from being the most powerful man in the world is going to be a big come down. Bill Clinton was able to walk away, in spite of Gore's defeat by the SCOTUS, with a legacy of happy days, and he had a way of balancing both the bubba down home common man image with the Rhodes scholar academic policy wonk.

Obama can't do that. He just doesn't have the personality. He can do the law professor policy wonk, but he can't do the common man.

And I have a sick feeling that he and the party think that they can sail through another four years with excuses and delays and whines, and I don't think that's going to happen. If they have a Dem House, it's going to be very difficult NOT to pass some of the more progressive legislation that's been on the table for four years.

But what do I know?



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