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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-10 05:22 PM
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Once the New Congress is Seated, Expectations By the Left from the WH Will Be Irrational.
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How far have we fallen from the Summer of 2008 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.

You already know it in your gut: the next two years are going to be painful to watch if you are a progressive American. If your hopes and aspirations are now low, then you are probably already bracing yourself for what is to come. I am.

If President Obama could not or would not (that will be debated for eons now) push through a comprehensive, progressive political agenda during his first two years when he had the American People behind him, when the GOP was despised, when he had amazing majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives --- ones that most U.S. Presidents could only dream of --- then it is completely irrational to set up any expectations that the final two years of his first (and possibly last) term in office will be "better". It's just not going to happen.

Obama's first two years beg the simple question: Was it that he couldn't or wouldn't?

That question need not even be posed about Obama for next two years because he will now have both the excuse and the reality of the new math in the House and Senate stacked against him.

So what's a progressive to do? When you can't change your team or team players, you have to lower your expectations. If not, you will go crazy.

While I am never a fan of sports analogies, this one is healthy:

The team that so many of us bought a full season of tickets to root for just pissed away it's best opportunity ever in the first half of the game. And we got wiped from one end of the field to the other with all of our advantages. We blew it. And now we enter the last half with even a smaller team on the field than ever before and we are stuck with the same quarterback. I own up to it. He's the Quarterback I chose way back in the early drafts and the one I fought for so hard. And, yes, the one I still like.

We can't get our money back. Our season ticket seating is still there. The pompoms are still there and there's not a lot we can do except continue and watch the upcoming rout or decide to do something else for the rest of the season. It must run its course.

Believe me, no one needs to yell at the Quarterback. From his position on the field, he can see that the stadium, once packed, is emptying out and even many of his die-hard fans are now quietly leaving the stands. It is true that there is still small crowd of bench-warmers still cheering our Quarterback, and they are to be commended.

There is one benefit for the remaining fans, the stadium is so empty now that they can now sneak down and take the empty seats at the 50 yard line to see the rest of the game... which would be wonderful --- if one is prone to masochism. What a dilemna! 50 yard line seats, but your team gets slaughtered.

The game-changing rules for the last half now clearly favor our opposition. Anyone reading this already knows this. Expecting a better second half is simply irrational and will only set you up for a lot of grief and frustration.

If our team -- as it is constituted -- could not score with all the advantages we had during the first half...well, you already know how to finish that sentence.

We blew an opportunity that may never come again. Defeat is hard to swallow. The second half will be too painful to watch, and there are no new franchise options either.

All we can hope for is that the last half of this game passes mercifully at a quick pace and that our public stomping will have some limits.

To our Quarterback, you clearly appear exhausted, worn out and even your smile seems forced. Your face says it all: You know. We know. Our opponents know. You will have to play defense the rest of the game and the only "play" you really have now is the Veto. Here's hoping you use it.

What's done is done. Please try to limit our losses during the the rest of the game. I'm still rooting for you and now, all I ask is that you do your best because, for me, it was never a game, there was so much at stake. I don't have any unrealistic expectations of winning much of anything now, but please try to limit the losses of what precious little we still have left.

I'm still in the stadium. I'm still at my seat although it's lonely up here. I will now put my residual hope in that you can play defense because you won't have any opportunity offensively during the last half. But, for what it's worth: I'm still in the stadium, President Obama.

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  -Once the New Congress is Seated, Expectations By the Left from the WH Will Be Irrational. David Zephyr  Dec-05-10 05:22 PM   #0 
  - OP headlines state:  truedelphi   Dec-05-10 05:26 PM   #1 
  - Your cynicism is not without cause.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:17 PM   #27 
  - My heart is breaking over your beautiful prose...  CaliforniaPeggy   Dec-05-10 05:26 PM   #2 
  - Wisdom recognizes limits.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 05:34 PM   #5 
  - Good essay--but--I disagree that he always had the people behind him  TwilightGardener   Dec-05-10 05:30 PM   #3 
  - He had the people with him...albeit, it was fleeting.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:20 PM   #28 
  - The types of things you cite are things that the Mainstream Press  truedelphi   Dec-05-10 07:42 PM   #39 
     - Spot on.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 08:14 PM   #45 
     - The American people pay attention largely to the mainstream press--  TwilightGardener   Dec-05-10 08:43 PM   #47 
        - read the great articles that Matt Taibbi has written in the Rolling Stone  truedelphi   Dec-06-10 03:59 AM   #48 
  - I expect nothing to get done and suspect if anything does it will probably not be good.  yourout   Dec-05-10 05:32 PM   #4 
  - Kind of sad indeed.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:22 PM   #32 
  - Boy, those pics bring back memories. nt  gateley   Dec-05-10 05:35 PM   #6 
  - "So what's a progressive to do?" Certainly not the docile nothing you suggest.  JackRiddler   Dec-05-10 05:35 PM   #7 
  - ^^^be a little more French. +1 x 1000  WhaTHellsgoingonhere   Dec-05-10 05:39 PM   #10 
  - Read the OP title, JackRiddler  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 05:45 PM   #12 
  - It's rational if the people apply pressure (though that doesn't always work).  JackRiddler   Dec-05-10 07:08 PM   #25 
     - Not to one-up you, but check out the dates of these OP's, JR  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:39 PM   #37 
  - THANK YOU. Stop watching the kabuki and start acting like citizens.  glitch   Dec-05-10 07:22 PM   #31 
  - + A great Big 1! n/t  truedelphi   Dec-05-10 07:34 PM   #35 
  - Into our caves we go, I guess n/t  adamuu   Dec-05-10 05:37 PM   #8 
  - Thanks for the healthy advice, DZ  kentuck   Dec-05-10 05:38 PM   #9 
  - I won't criticize anyone who exits the stadium,,,  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 06:08 PM   #14 
     - I have no idea where to start...  kentuck   Dec-05-10 06:23 PM   #19 
  - People's expectations of Obama have been irrational since day 1, so this won't be surprising. n/t  BzaDem   Dec-05-10 05:41 PM   #11 
  - Why do we keep saying Democrats control the Senate  nevergiveup   Dec-05-10 05:50 PM   #13 
  - We controlled the Congress.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 06:14 PM   #17 
  - Bush had willing Democrats, always eager to work with him.  TwilightGardener   Dec-05-10 06:16 PM   #18 
  - Who called that piano player a piccolo player?  kentuck   Dec-05-10 06:28 PM   #21 
  - David, that is a question for intelligent historians to answer...  kentuck   Dec-05-10 06:26 PM   #20 
  - How do you define 'we'?  Kaleva   Dec-05-10 08:27 PM   #46 
  - The Democrats do control the Senate. And they will in January.  JackRiddler   Dec-05-10 07:54 PM   #43 
  - Of course, if we regard politics as something we "watch," as a kind  struggle4progress   Dec-05-10 06:11 PM   #15 
  - I have my popcorn  Hydra   Dec-05-10 06:12 PM   #16 
  - Damn!  kentuck   Dec-05-10 06:30 PM   #22 
     - You're asking the resident Doomsayer how bad it is?  Hydra   Dec-05-10 06:55 PM   #23 
        - I think the entire summer of debating healthcare....  kentuck   Dec-05-10 07:02 PM   #24 
           - Oh, no  Hydra   Dec-05-10 07:20 PM   #29 
  - recommended  knotwurstforware   Dec-05-10 07:09 PM   #26 
  - Shit, I'm getting out the razor blades already.  Major Hogwash   Dec-05-10 07:22 PM   #30 
  - ?  JackRiddler   Dec-05-10 07:25 PM   #33 
  - Would n't want it to get infected, I guess?  kentuck   Dec-05-10 07:29 PM   #34 
  - Well, we are called "bleeding hearts" for a reason.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:35 PM   #36 
     - and Jesus was the first bleeding heart....  kentuck   Dec-05-10 07:41 PM   #38 
  - Damn - I had not planned to shed a tear tonight K&R  Mira   Dec-05-10 07:43 PM   #40 
  - They really are in the perfect position...  PurityOfEssence   Dec-05-10 07:43 PM   #41 
  - Well said.  David Zephyr   Dec-05-10 07:59 PM   #44 
  - Anybody want to buy some tickets? n/t  Greyhound   Dec-05-10 07:50 PM   #42 
     - cheaper to take Amtrak LOL!  democracy1st   Dec-06-10 04:13 AM   #49 

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