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Czar One Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:21 AM
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As Right Jabs Continue, White House Debates a Counterpunching Strategy
Source: Washington Post

By Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Facing a near-daily barrage of attacks from conservative opponents, White House officials are engaged in an internal debate over how hard to hit back, even as they have grown increasingly aggressive in countering allegations they deem to be absurd.

After brushing aside criticism during the presidential campaign that they tried to keep candidate Barack Obama too far above the fray -- and with memories of the abundance of media coverage during the Clinton years -- administration officials are accelerating their efforts to anticipate and respond to the most sharp-edged charges.

The White House officials are eager to avoid the perception that the president is directly engaging critics who appear to speak only for a vocal minority, and part of their strategy involves pushing material to liberal and progressive media outlets to steer the coverage in their direction, senior advisers said.

When critics lashed out at President Obama for scheduling a speech to public school students this month, accusing him of wanting to indoctrinate children to his politics, his advisers quickly scrubbed his planned comments for potentially problematic wording. They then reached out to progressive Web sites such as the Huffington Post, liberal bloggers and Democratic pundits to make their case to a friendly audience.



Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...



If this is true, if they're still trying to decide how to fight the BS, then I'm moving into a cave!
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tinymontgomery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:55 AM
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1. Almost a year later
and now their thinking of a strategy?
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:49 AM
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7. Obama's team sucks. He'll never get elected
at this rate.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:49 AM
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14. But if he does he says "Beginning on Day One"..."One Brigade a Month"
We will get all our troops out of Iraq..
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exboyfil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:56 AM
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2. Start with townhall panels of families who were
screwed most by the big insurance companies. Fully vet the individuals to avoid any embarrassment (including having them pull all of their records and reviewing prior to the panel). Make sure you name names (UHC etc). Particularly concentrate on folks with employer health care who lost their jobs and had preexisting conditions.

I would also try to find some average citizens of foreign countries who have experience with their own health insurance (Germany, France, and Canada)
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:58 AM
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3. Remember, the situation is similar to a little kid who hits a hornets' nest with a stick ...
the kid (Repug) keeps hitting the hornets' nest (Obama) with a stick.

When the hornets finally get pissed off and sting the living daylights out of the kid, the kid runs to Mommy (the media) and gets all kinds of sympathy and care ...

Like the cover of an old "Family Circus" book ... one of the kids crying "Jeffy hit me back!"
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Born Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:02 AM
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4. Maybe they need to put Bill Clinton on the payroll...
If the right wingnuts have Bill's penis to think about again, it will be a great pacifier that will keep them busy while the Obama team works to fix the current problems facing the people of USA. Much like the pacifier you give the crying child , it will allow the adults time to think.
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Believing Is Art Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:48 AM
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6. The Clenis as a pacifier?
:yoiks:
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:50 AM
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9. yeah, a politician who was cowed away from any major political endeavors
by a constant fear of right wing attacks. There's a role model.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:32 AM
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5. Debating a strategy NOW?
So they went into the biggest social legislation since Johnson not only without a public education program but without even a strategy for one? Hey, great, thanks Mr. President, WE'RE FUCKED.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:50 AM
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8. The signal that they are finished trying to play bipartisan politics
They have let the right wing prove that no matter what the Democrats do, the right will not approve.

Now the gloves can come off and we will play the dirty game just like they wanted.


You have to give President Obama credit, he tried to reign in the partisanship but the Republicans were not going to have any of that. The only question is, can they swing back in such a way that deals that knockout blow?


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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:12 AM
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10. All of this is more difficult for Obama
I kinda' hate to say it, but because of race President Obama has to be extra careful how he handles the right wingnuts. So far he's doing pretty darned good.
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:19 AM
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11. I fail to see that
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 06:20 AM by katkat
Why should his race affect his clobbering the a*holes?
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Gman2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:55 AM
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15. You're kidding right? ANGRY BLACK MAN!
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:05 AM
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16.  I think not
I think not. In the past, yes, but now we're long past that. Everybody thought the jackass remark was pretty funny, and if there's anything I hear constantly it's that Obama is a wimp dealing with Repigs and teabaggers. Some anger would be just right, provided it came with actual (be still my heart) action.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:14 AM
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18. They proved that 6 months ago, yet the appeasement continues
your premise is, unfortunately, total BS. I predict more and more cowering.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:40 AM
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12. That's the trouble with Dems now--too much counterpunching instead of taking control of the fight.
Enough with the counterpunching!!! It's time to do things the Chicago way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g0RLyxP13o

This is politics, no Marquis of Queensberry rules and you fight however you need to fight to win. Republicans understand this and practice it. Unless Democrats show strength and power and determination, willing to get down and dirty, Republicans will only sneer at them. They understand power, so they need to be brought to their knees.

It seems that at the start of this summer Democrats went on vacation and Republicans organized to take over the town hall meetings. So what's up with that? On healthcare reform do Democrats really want to win or do they want to make it look like they want to win? Whatever happened to the not doing cowering? It's time for Democrats to act like they have the White House and solid control of both houses of Congress.

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AusDem Donating Member (219 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:51 AM
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13. "White House Debates a Counterpunching Strategy"
just the headline is kind of amusing
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:12 AM
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17. No kidding
try "counterpunching" like Mike Tyson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nuL0GlBgVI .

I supported Obama in the primaries because I thought he wouldn't scrape & bow to the deranged Limbeciles. Very discouraging
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:30 AM
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19. they only reach out to progressives when those they are courting on right kick them in the nuts?
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