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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:02 AM
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Poll question: What in particular was it that Gibbs said which disappointed, upset, angered &/or dismayed you?
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 12:44 AM by Turborama
I hear these people saying hes like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested, Gibbs said. I mean, its crazy.

The press secretary dismissed the professional left in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and weve eliminated the Pentagon. Thats not reality.

Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: They wouldnt be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.

(If you feel different emotions than the ones mentioned in the question, please elaborate)

ETA if want to vote whether you simply agree or disagree with Gibbs, this poll by Junkdrawer offers the chance to vote yes or no: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:06 AM
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1. You could add an "I agree with him". I guess that would fit in the last option but it would work as
a separate one too.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:07 AM
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3. Good point. Unfortunately I used up the limit of choices.
I guess people who chose the last one could add that they agree with him in the comments, though.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:33 AM
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9. Not sure if you've seen it yet but there is a poll which asks just that question
With a simple yes or no: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Maybe I can add this link to the OP to offer that additional choice?
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:06 AM
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2. If Kucinich was President, he would be as hamstrung by the Senate as Obama is.
Maybe more so, since I've not seen any particular evidence of his negotiating skills.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:09 AM
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4. All of it
It was the same bullshit I read on here every day.
I wanted Canadian healthcare but I would've settled for a public option...their negotiation starting point was a public option and it went downhill from there.
They think we're petulant and never satisfied but their starting point in negotiations is my compromise point.
So, obviously, I don't belong in the same party with them. Fine.
Then shut your fucking mouth and stop asking me for my vote and my money and support.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:16 AM
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5. Gibbs should have been out there every single day deriding Republicans for their failed ideology
for the mess they made, for their irrational obstructionism and their lunacy.

He should also have been at the coservadems for the same reason.

Instead the tubby and stammering little coward takes potshots at the progressive base- on the eve of an election campaign.

ANYONE who supports that is -no way around it, just plain stupid and deserves what this sort of thing gets them.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:23 AM
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7. Amen. Anyone with the smallest degree of intelligence realizes how ham fisted and stupid this commen...
this comment was.And NO amount of backpedaling will EVER erase the memory of this having been said, just as no amount of apologizing will ever erase the memory of Rahm's words.No matter how some want to spin this, this wasn't a minor gaffe.This was a BFD.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:37 AM
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12. This is only a BFD for people with very small perspectives.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:44 AM
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13. LOL- let's just go out and insult the base- gratuitously- AGAIN on the eve of an election
Krugman (among others) wrote about this less than 2 weeks ago,

Obama needs to stop alienating his allies

Why does the Obama administration keep looking for love in all the wrong places? Why does it go out of its way to alienate its friends, while wooing people who will never waver in their hatred?

...Just to be clear: Progressives would be foolish to sit out this election. Obama may not be the politician of their dreams, but his enemies are definitely the stuff of their nightmares.

But Obama has a responsibility, too. He can't expect strong support from people his administration keeps ignoring and insulting.

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_15645591

A pretty simple concept, really.

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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:42 AM
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20. Krugman was spot on with that one. nt
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:54 AM
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21. Too bad the administration hasn't seen fit to listen
either on matters like this- or on more substantive deals.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:42 AM
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24. He didn't insult the base. He insulted only the dellusional who see

no difference between Bush and Obama.

Even at DU that is not a significant number.


The umbrage that was taken by saying that people who make the equation need drug testing is a very gentle nudge at a very small group.

DU's exaggerated sense of its importance and its exagerated sense of its representation of the base is seen by the very unfortunate polling results of Senator Feingold in Wisconsin and the unfortunate loss of Romanoff in Colorado. Obviously the base is not as radicalized as DU perceives it.

But think about it logically. If soneone really thinks Bush and Obama are the same they are not going to vote for him anyway. So who did he insult? People who aren't going to vote for him. Anybody who thinks that Obama and Bush are the same shouldn't vote for him, its not logical.

Go out and talk to real people, real Democrats and real progressives and they think this kind of reaction is absurd.

Real Progressives were heartened today by the indication that Warren is going to lead the Consumer Protection Agency and they are going to vote for the President that appoints her. And next week that is going to be the very big story from MSNBC all the way to the Daily Show. The umbrage today will only be remembered by those that were already disgruntled. No new disgruntled were made today, only those holding the absurd position that Obama = Bush.
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CTLawGuy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:06 AM
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27. "the base"
are leftist pundits, columnists, major bloggers and TV/Radio personalities?

That's quite a small base...
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:24 PM
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39. Those saying Obama = Bush are most certainly not the President's 'base"
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 12:31 PM by NJmaverick
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:02 PM
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65.  And just for you Mav, Paul Krugman agrees with ME!

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/in-the-matt ...

August 11, 2010, 9:00 PM
In The Matter Of Robert L. Gibbs

There he goes again. What gets me is how unprofessional the whole thing is.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:13 AM
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18. Au contraire. In such a closely divided nation alienating even
a 16% minority, if that is what the left consists of, could cost the election. In this case if that small a percentage stays home and is not motivated to vote, we could have staggering losses. I think that is a pretty big perspective. Voter suppression is always a BFD to Democrats. And it is always much harder to motivate Democrats to vote even in a good year and off elections are the worst .The GOP vote. And they vote religiously downline for anything with an R after its name.We do not and our GOTV generally sucks or is nonexistent. As I walk my precinct I have to say many Democrats are not voting. This is a real problem and they didn't need an extra excuse given to them by Gibbs.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:29 AM
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23. you see someone with real world experience with national and international

world famous figures would not find this a particularly note worthy event.

If your perspective is meeting the most famous person in Peoria then yes it is a VBFD.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:13 AM
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26. Actually my perspective is pretty broad.I have interviewed all Democratic Presidential
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 05:30 AM by saracat
Democratic Presidential Candidates since 2004,up to and including Barack Obama. I am have the acquittance of several of the members of the cabinet and a lot of the news media and many entertainers. One of my favcorites was Madeline Albright. My perspective is not "limited" by any means.

The fact that my experience is in media is the reason I find this noteworthy. As I stated elsewhere, even the most basic training in activism provides some measure of media damage control. Words DO Matter and who says them matters even more. We live in a world where perception is reality and the dynamics are ever shifting but some incidents leave un-erasable marks. Some of us recognize them when we see them. This is a maraca moment.

Think Progress, and the Progressive Caucus also recognize this gaffe for what it is, and if you think the WH is not aware of this, you would be mistaken. The spin machine is working overtime tonight as the best method to deal with this is considered.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:26 PM
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40. So the words of the "Professional Left" who incorrectly claim Bush=Obama also matters then
and Gibbs had no choice but to speak up.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:39 PM
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43. There is no "Professional Left" and Gibbs knows it. There is merely the Left
and the Left had a great deal to do with electing the president. Obama did not elect himself. The voters did that. What Gibbs did was antagonize at the very least a part of the Democratic Base, no matter what the percentage and it is not one we can afford to lose.The Left expressing Free speech is not the same thing as professional message control.Image control is not the same thing as voters expressing their concern with politicians.The media professional is Gibbs and he violated the number one rule of PR by "creating the incident." He is to exercise damage control not create damage.

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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:40 PM
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44. There are people claiming that Bush=Obama like FDL and Huffington
and as you said words matter
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:48 PM
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48. Those people are expressing freedom of speech.The president is a Public figure. Gibbs speaks for the
President.It is an entirely different matter. Gibbs job is to persuade those people to write what he wants them to say about the president. He has quite obviously not done so. This is about "Message control". If they are writibg these things he has not controlled the "message". NO other WH has ever reacted in this manner. Give me one examplw where a WH Press Sec has blamed the base of the presidents Party, or even a section of the base for his own lack of competance? If the President's image isn't presented correctly, or his messge doesn't get out that is a PR problem because it wasn't handled correctly because the Press Office wasn't out in front of a perception. Their jobis to create a positive perception.If people are writing or saying otherwise, they did not do so.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:18 PM
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51. Wait a second you are mixing up freedom with accountability
People are free to speak but they are not free of accountability
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:47 PM
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52. I am not mixing up anything. The "people" are not responsible for WH "image control"
or WH messaging. Robert Gibbs is. Robert Gibbs is accountable for how that message is perceived, not the people.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:03 PM
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53. Wrong, people, especially the media, are ethically bound to behave
in a responsible and reasonable manner.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:19 PM
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54.  Some folks are just dense. Rep Grayson somes it up correctly , Gibbs is NOT doing his job.
It is not unethical to disagree and it isn't unethical to point out the the president has carried over Bush era policy as in rendition and wiretapping. It is not unethical to report that or to compare the similarites.Nor is it unethical for common citizens to express their frustration with this.It is incompetence for Gibbs to not control how this debate is handled and to create a firestorm making things worse. And the White House Press sec should NEVER allow himself to become the story.He is supposed to control the story.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:36 PM
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55. Grayson was guilty of being dishonest in his statements about Gibbs not attacking the GOP
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:37 PM by NJmaverick
there has been at least 20 examples (that I have seen so far) of Gibbs attacking the GOP. Grayson owes Gibbs a HUGE apology. If you want to support your position you should at least site an honest source.


Who exactly is dense? Are you calling me dense because I don't agree with your views?
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:16 PM
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56.  No. Those who do not seem to understand the duties of the WH Press Sec.are dense.
BTW, Grayson didn't say that Gibbs NEVER had st said anything about the GOP. He basically said that was what he would be better served doing INSTEAD of attacking the Left. Grayson owes No one an apology. Grayson is one of the few who speak truth to power.

I don't believe that you can possibly think making himself the center of a negative news story, or "allowing" himself to become the center of such a news story is part of the job description of a WH Press Sec.
Grayson is saying Gibbs didn't control the message.He is correct. Gibbs is incompetent and the story got away from him. He also is piss poor at messaging. He needs to be fired and as I am sure you are aware, Grayson is far from alone in thinking this.This conversation would not even be taking place if Gibbs had done his job. The fact it is taking place is prima facie evidence that he failed.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:55 PM
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58. Well it seems to me you don't fully understand Gibb's duties
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 07:56 PM by NJmaverick
so maybe you should be a little mroe careful about the name calling. As for Grayson, I heard what he said with my own ears and he did not speak the truth and owes Gibbs an apology. There is no way one can spin that one. I also think you are way off base as to your assessment of the Gibb's abilities to handle that job.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:05 PM
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59.  Baloney. I actually have worked as a media consultant and press sec. to various campaigns,. I KNOW
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 08:08 PM by saracat
what the duties are as no doubt does Rep.Grayson, who no doubt has a press sec of his own. Perhaps it escapes your notice that no journalists ( who are the ones Gibbs is supposed to be able to get along with and motivate and who are supposed to respect him)are defending Gibbs on this one? (yeah I am sure that is because they are the Professional Left ) :sarcasm: And it also seems to me that other than a few anonymous posters on an internet blog, very few people ar all are defending Gibbs. I am not the one doing the spinning. But keep on keeping on. This isn't going to win us any elections in Nov. I have more important things to do like convince some Dems to vote in the primary despite the Gibbs boondoggle, and yeah, BTW, I resent it being made harder by Gibbs. Is bad enough with Rahm.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:20 PM
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61. Gibbs has a much more impressive background
and I suspect has a pretty good idea what his duties are. That makes me wonder about you calling him incompetent and your knowledge of the duties and responsibilities. As for Grayson, please don't tell me not to believe me lying ears.

As for journalists, what they do or don't do means very little to me. Their action, as a group, has long since caused me to lose all respect for them.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:41 PM
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62.  Doesn't matter what you think of them. The WH Press office is designed to
work with them. They are the Fourth Estate and important to getting the Presidents"s message out. Gibbs background alone makes it very bad thay he blew it this way. He DOES know better. Any activist who ever attended a "training camp" knows better.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:44 PM
Response to Reply #62
63. yeah right, FAUX news and Poltico and all the rest of the right wing owned media
would be so much better with a different press sec :eyes:
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:56 PM
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64. It isn't a good idea to hand them ammo. They do enough on their own. Gibbs handed them ammo.
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 08:56 PM by saracat
Bring back Mike McCurry.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:19 PM
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67. the ones giving them ammo would be the "professional left'
which is why Gibbs had no choice but to call them out.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:40 PM
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68.  Like I said Paul Krugman agrees with me. LOL!
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 09:40 PM by saracat

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/in-the-matt ...

August 11, 2010, 9:00 PM
In The Matter Of Robert L. Gibbs

There he goes again. What gets me is how unprofessional the whole thing is.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:14 AM
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34. What the President of the United States' spokeman says
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 11:15 AM by EFerrari
in an official capacity is a BFD, no matter how much you try to minimize it.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:34 PM
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50. He HAS been out there EVERY damn day
blasting Republicans. It is posted on DU all the time.

The fact that you do not know this is, well, odd.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:23 AM
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6. Thanks for your
poll, Turborama~
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:25 AM
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8. You're welcome, Cha
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 12:47 AM by Turborama
I hope a big enough number DUers vote so we can get a true sense of how DU as a whole really feels about this.

:hi:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:34 AM
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:35 AM
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11. He should know better about some of these, wait all of them
but the Pentagon was particularly shocking.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:07 AM
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17. +1000, and ew. n/t
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Jumping John Donating Member (597 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:51 AM
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14. Since when does the democratic party president's press secretary use an interview
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 01:01 AM by Jumping John
to give voice to the rights allegations against fellow democrats in such an immature attack that shows such a low level of incompetence? I expect better from the Obama team. I may be over estimating their levels of competence though. Was it just another event to show the left that the Obama Admin is more than ready to bend over for the right even to the point of attacking the people that put Obama where he is today?

Gibbs and Obama must not be very persuasive at all. After meeting with Mitch McConell it was plain that Obama could expect nothing from the Right at all. So then his buddy Gibbs goes into attack mode against the left. PITIFUL>

Edit:
Yea in the construction business, when a person formulates an idea tht is outlandish, then that person is asked what kind of drugs are they taking or someone will suggest that person should be drug tested. But this does not happen when that same person makes good sense. So then I am sure that my suggestion would be more fitting when I reccommend that Gibbs should take that drug test.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 05:08 AM
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72. Good post
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:37 AM
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19. It's a very hard call
So I went with "All of it."

For him to systematically ridicule our core values and perhaps one of our best voices...I think the biggest shock was Gibbs basically saying "Your values, the values of the party President Obama ran in, are obsolete and unreasonable. STFU and get in lockstep."

How does one deal with being told his party isn't his party anymore? On the other hand, there seem to be plenty of people who are ok with dumping values for imaginary Republican support.
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:24 AM
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22. He has a right to his opinion and I have a right to mine. My feelings do not get hurt that easy.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:44 AM
Original message
Unless you equate Bush = Obama there are no feelings to be hurt.


If you think Bush = Obama then why would anyone support Obama?
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:44 AM
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25. According to the Top Tens' "New and Hot" this poll has received 8 unrecs
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:19 AM by Turborama
I'm bringing this up not to whine and complain about the unrecs but, out of genuine curiosity, to ask if anyone who has unrec'd would like to explain why.

Is it something about the way I composed the poll? This is only the second poll I have created on DU so any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated...

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General Discussion
What in particular was it that Gibbs said which disappointed, upset, angered &/or dismayed you?
35 points : By Turborama


ETA I am grateful to those who have taken the time to vote in the poll. The more who do so, the better the representation will be of how DUers feel about what Gibbs said. The eventual amount of recs/unrecs this post will generate within its 1st 24 hours isn't really that important, in this respect. It would also be greatly appreciated if anyone who feels inclined would help keep this poll going by giving it the occasional kick. Thanks in advance...
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:31 AM
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28. It's an excellent poll
I think there are professional un-recommenders at work. ;)


Gibbs let the cat out of the bag. Too bad the administration sees no benefit in pleasing mainstream Dems who are committed to social and economic progress. The hard right are never going to like Obama no matter how much he compromises. Or maybe they do. Maybe it's all a game and the working people keep losing. :(
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:39 AM
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29. Thank you so much for your feedback
:-)

"The hard right are never going to like Obama no matter how much he compromises."

You've got that right! :banghead:

I do think he's an extremely intelligent guy (unlike his predecessor) and he must have realized by now that the failed attempts at bipartisanship were the unmitigated disasters we all predicted they would be.

I might be considered mad around here but I still think he's playing the long game, though. I'm hoping for the best, but fearing the worst at this stage.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:22 AM
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30. Kick
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:57 AM
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31. As it stands it seems DU is almost evenly split, according to this poll
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 10:59 AM by Turborama
43% were not disappointed, upset, angered &/or dismayed by what Gibbs said and 57% were. A 7% difference.

This poll has had 726 views so far and only 97 votes so it's probably worth keeping it going in an attempt to get a higher number of votes to gauge what the definitive sentiment is.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:07 AM
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32. Quite happy about it, very clarifying...

Shoot, Gibbs totally supported my thread from the day before:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Left issues will not be addressed by this party or administration, Capitalism rules.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:12 AM
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33. I'm angry that Gibbs is taking potshots at the left in public
when we have an election coming up. I'm burned out on what is now a pattern of the administration attacking the left in the same language that the Republicans use. It's destructive in several directions.

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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:19 AM
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35. The following option can be scewed as to its interpretation
"Nothing, I wasn't disappointed, upset, angered and/or dismayed by what he said"

If one selected that option it can mean two things.
#1, I agree with Gibbs or
#2, (I selected it because it didn't surprise me one bit)
The actions of the administration have already told me how they feel about the irrelevancy of Progressives/Liberals.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:50 AM
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37. True
The problem was that I couldn't add a simple "I agree with Gibbs" because I had used up all the options. That's why, after Pirate Smile's suggestion, I later added the other poll which asks only that question.

Thanks for the explanation of why you voted the way you did. If people feel their vote needs clarification, replying is the best way to do it.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:42 PM
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46. I didn't see the other poll yet and your welcome. :)
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guruoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:34 PM
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42. Or #3: No time for this BS, I'm focused on the Congressional races nt
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 01:04 PM by guruoo
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:29 AM
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36. I just don't understand he dismissed "Canadian healthcare" with the same rhetorical attitude
as wishing for "streets paved with gold" or something...And personally, while I don't care to see the Pentagon taken down brick-by-brick, I WOULD love to see for starters an honest-to-god transparent accounting on how much money they spend and what they spend it on, followed by a full audit of the contracts for battlefield/intelligence community toys and services...My absolute smallest estimate is the intelligence organizations burn up 5x the funding and resources needed while providing nothing in return -- In these times that money needs to be allocated elsewhere...

I mean honestly; regardless of what thinks of Gibbs' comments, is there ANY DUer who doesn't want universal coverage and a smaller war-spy apparatus??
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:07 PM
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38. Excellent points very well made
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 12:09 PM by Turborama
universal coverage - check!

transparent accounting on how much money they spend and what they spend it on - I'd love to see that too but there are going to be certain things they'd need to keep top secret for obvious reasons.

a smaller war-spy apparatus?? - This would come from making "5x the funding and resources needed while providing nothing in return" to 1x funding and resources needed by simple efficiency - cutting off the dead wood, as it were?

You raise some very important points about military transparency, but it is complicated because the argument goes that we can't just open our books for all and sundry as outside intelligence agencies would be able to analyze them.
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guruoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:27 PM
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41. Gibbs has unwittingly helped to prove the theory of 'political ADD' n/t
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:40 PM
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45. Just the entire dismissive tone he used re: Dem. constituents, which is not used against Republicans
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 12:41 PM by closeupready
at least not by Gibbs that I can recall.
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:43 PM
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47. Nothing, in fact I'm sorry he held back and semi-apologized.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:32 PM
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49. These percentages add up to 110%
Is that a common problem with polls on DU or is it an unusual glitch?
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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:52 PM
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57. These aren't the results you're looking for


Move along.
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:08 PM
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60. I like your poll. nt
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:49 AM
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70. Thank you, I appreciate your feedback n/t
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:14 PM
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66. Not clear on your poll questions... but count me for "GIBBS SHOULD BE FIRED" ....
and think you understand I DISAGREE!!!

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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:45 AM
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69. There is a poll related to that
It's about whether he should resign or not: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 05:02 AM
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71. Final kick
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 05:40 AM
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74. What exactly do you mean?
Edited on Thu Aug-12-10 05:41 AM by Turborama
It's not clear where you're going with that statement...
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