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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:28 AM
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Obama should take gloves off -- Run as a Liberal/Progressive Fighter
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 11:32 AM by Armstead
If Obama wants to fight back against the Hillary Monster without getting into a "knife fight" here's a suggestion.

Don't return her mudslinging with like-minded personal attacks.

TAKE OFF THE IDEOLOGICAL GLOVES. Hammer her on her longstanding corporate connections, her affiliation with the anti-liberal DLC, her role in pushing the country's political dialogue to the right.

Shine a light on how she and her husband and the DLC have UNDERMINED WORKING PEOPLE by aligning themselves with the "free trade" CON GAME. How they have either been complicit or actively supported so many facets of the right-wing corporate agenda of deregulation, castration of government, privatization and economic consolidation and Monopolization.

I realize that Obama is trying to be more of a unifier and hopes to get past partisan polarization. He's a moderate.

BUT STANDING UP AS A PROGRESSIVE POPULIST CAN BE TOTALLY CONSISTENT WITH HIS CURRENT MESSAGE.

Average people are getting screwed and they know it. Obama can make the case that real reform is necessary to deal with the reasons people are getting screwed. The trick is to acknowledge and legitimize what they already know. And show that there are real solutions in liberal and progressive policies.

IMO if he were to take the ideological gloves off, he can still be a gentleman and unifier he is trying to portray himself as. It's not that people don't want a fighter. They want someone who is a fighter on principle.

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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:30 AM
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1. kinda hard to do when you're a centrist washington insider war supporter, not a progressive nt
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 11:30 AM by msongs
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:31 AM
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2. I know...That had occurred to me but I think he has potential to change that
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:42 AM
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3. Your proposing he run as I hoped he would be when I supported him
in his bid for the U.S. Senate, not as he has turned out to be.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:20 PM
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4. That's what he should have done to start with
too late now

I was approached to join his campaign 'way back when. My response was I like him, voted for him for Senator, had actually had a cool email exchange with him, and if he is willing to take a firm stand on progressive issues and come out swinging, I'll be right there.

I'm still waiting.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:23 PM
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5. Exactly right! Take a page from Edwards book. nt
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SKKY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:25 PM
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6. Barack Obama is ahead by doing just what he's been doing all along...
...You don't change your game plan just because it's the Super Bowl. You go with what got you there.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:57 PM
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8. A game plan has to be flexible to account for inevitable shifts
With Hillary hitting him so hard, he has to respond.

I'm suggesting that he respond and fight back in a meaningful way.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:26 PM
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7. I keep wondering how she would be destroying Edwards right now, and how Edwards would be
responding. LOL.. What Would Edwards Do??? :hi:
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Ravy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:59 PM
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9. He does need to demonstrate some fight.
That is one of my biggest concerns about him.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:53 PM
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10. He can fight on a higher level if he chooses to
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