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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 09:42 AM
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No Sequel With Senate GOP
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/20...

NO SEQUEL WITH SENATE GOP.... The president has, over the last week, engaged the House Republican caucus and the Senate Democratic caucus directly, delivering remarks and answering questions. Nothing was behind closed doors -- the whole country could watch the events on television or online.

Now President Obama would like to stop by for a similar, publicly-available chat with Senate Republicans. Wouldn't you know it, they're not fond of the idea.

Senate Republicans don't have much of an appetite to give President Barack Obama their version of question-and-answer time -- not after seeing how Obama handled House Republicans last week.

"We're always happy to hear from the president but I don't really feel any compelling need to do it {on camera}," Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Republicans' chief campaign strategist, told POLITICO.

The White House has suggested that it would like Obama to address the Senate GOP Conference, with TV cameras present. Obama administration officials are eager for voters to see Obama operate in a format he relishes -- and handle his former Senate colleagues the same way he did last week to House Republicans at their annual retreat.

"They don't want anything to do with it," said a GOP insider. "They want the whole thing to just go away."


I can't say I blame them. Obama looked awfully strong in Baltimore last week, and Republican talking points crumble pretty quickly when smacked down by a president who knows what he's talking about. It would have been entertaining to see a sequel, but GOP senators no doubt realize that Obama would make them appear foolish, too.

Notice, however, how Cornyn explains his caucus's reluctance: "I think we're more interested in serious public policy issues rather than providing another photo-opportunity for the president."

Senate Republicans? More interested in "serious public policy"?

Can't ... type ... laughing ... too ... hard....
:)

Steve Benen
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 09:51 AM
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1. Obama should do it anyway. Invite the Senate Republicans for a question and answer session.
Make sure the media is there. And then just let them not show up.

It will show America--GRAPHICALLY--just how the Republicans are refusing to work with Obama. I think it would be wonderful. All Obama has to do is look at the camera, and say, "Sorry, folks. I guess the Senate Republicans don't feel it's important for us to work together. I'm here, I know there are a great many things that need to get done, and this is why nothing is getting done in Congress..."

Camera pans empty room...

That should do it.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 09:55 AM
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3. I like the way you think.
Great idea!

:yourock:
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:12 AM
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4. Great idea. To bad it won't happen.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 09:53 AM
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2. chickenshits
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DisgustedInMN Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:27 AM
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5. So what?
Exactly what good has the "stern talking to" Barack gave them last week done? Don't you people get it? "Talking to" Republicans is a waste of breath, they will never, I repeat..

THEY WILL NEVER



...co-operate with Democrats on ANYTHING.

Are you blind?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:28 AM
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6. i guess 'us people' are stoopid
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DisgustedInMN Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:31 AM
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7. I guess you are.
:shrug:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:36 AM
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8. So instead of being so dismissive, do you have any bright ideas?
Can't wait to hear 'em. :eyes:
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DisgustedInMN Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:39 AM
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9. Yep.
Kill the filibuster and serve the People, instead of the corporations.

It's not that difficult to figure out. Even Republicans know how.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:42 AM
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10. They're way ahead of you...
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:49 AM
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DisgustedInMN Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 10:52 AM
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12. Oh... and BTW...
... if they had started this 6 months ago, "they" would have been just barely "ahead" of me. They were busy kissing Republican ass in hopes of "bipartisanship" instead.
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