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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:12 AM
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McConnell: Obama lost support because he governed ‘hard left’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that President Barack Obama would have had more support in the Senate if he just governed more towards the middle. "As I've said all year, if he wants to meet us in the middle of the political spectrum we'll be there to help," McConnell told NBC's David Gregory Sunday.

For McConnell, the president's whole problem is that he isn't moderate enough. "The president decided to go hard left," he said. "That's why he doesn't have many of my members. If he chooses to govern in the middle he will have broader support," said McConnell.


http://rawstory.com/2010/01/mcconnell-obama-governed-ha...
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:14 AM
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1. Hard Left!?!?!?
Of course to the repukes anyone to the left of Genghis Khan is "hard left"
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:15 AM
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2. LOL...I WISH he'd Govern Hard Left!!
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:16 AM by quantass
God bless Repubz and their never ending ambition to kill the democratic party 24/7 even when the party is already impotent.
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:15 AM
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3. McConnell's left hand is the "hard left"
Typical right wing bull crap.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:22 AM
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4. Hard Left would be single payer or government run health care.
Stupid people, like McConnell, say the darndest things.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:29 AM
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5. all that chin jiggling has made his brain soft. nt
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:40 AM
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6. Whatever the GOP says ... the truth is the exact opposite.
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ObamaKerryDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:15 PM
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16. +1
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mariawr Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:36 PM
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19. That should be a bumpersticker. nt
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:00 PM
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32. Superman Comics - Bizarro World
Same concept...
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mkultra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:45 AM
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7. these kinds of douche bags are our problem
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:47 AM
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8. Laughable
There is no center anymore. Even when Obama moves there, he picks up nothing from the R's.

Of course, it would be good if the President started making that point to people instead of publicly holding out hope for bipartisanship.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:01 AM
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9. That one should be followed
with a rim shot.

Still, Senator McConnell, don't give up your day job just yet.
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blueworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:24 AM
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10. I heard Alex on MSNBC & other pundits proclaiming the same poop
Well, it's that ol' Rove slimy GOP strategy: if you lie repeatedly, the media will parrot it & the fools will believe it.
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:31 AM
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11. And the republicans have no support
because the squirrel lost his chin.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:32 AM
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12. Wow, that statement was as intelligent as McConnell's jaw is solid.

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mariawr Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:37 PM
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How can you tell when McConnell is lying?
...his chin jiggles.
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:15 AM
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13. Kudos to those who can understand what Mr. Marbles In His Cakehole was saying... n/t
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:28 AM
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14. The minority party is going to spin bad news for the majority in their interests.
That is, whatever they say explains it, believe just the opposite.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:06 AM
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15. What a joke.
Any fools takers on this?

The right continues to spin which is pretty much all they are capable of doing.


:rofl:
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:23 PM
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17. He hasn't yet, but he might as well now. It's just like that episode of "The West Wing"
when Bartlet was running for re-election and about to debate the thinly-disguised W clone. Polling had shown that no matter what he did, he was going to be perceived as "arrogant" and "intellectual", so he went out there and mopped up the floor with his idiot opponent. If the latest talking point is going to be "lefty", Obama might as well go left.
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:29 PM
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18. You'd think Mitch would know something about politics by now.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:01 PM by moondust
Mitch the Bitch assumes that "the middle of the political spectrum" lies somewhere between the John Birch Society and the American Nazi Party.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:37 PM
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20. Get a clue, Mitchie!
:crazy:

Puhleaze, Mitchie, not even the dumbest of the dumb will believe that one!
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:41 PM
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21. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Is it "opposite day"?
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GinaMaria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:48 PM
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22. He'd have to move considerably to the left to get to the center n/t
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marlakay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:14 PM
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23. Hard left? I wish....they are just trying to make him go further
and he will if he doesn't change some staff and advisers.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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24. What I have seen makes me think that Obama has no concept of
"hard left".


mark
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:26 PM
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25. Support??!! ROLFMAO. As if.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:41 PM
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26. What kind of bizarro universe does Mitch live in?
Obama waved adios to the left the day after the election.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:21 PM
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27. Mitch McConnell demonstrates just how tone-deaf he truly is.
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:22 PM
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28. Apnu: McConnell has his head up his ass (nt)
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:42 PM
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29. They keep repeating it..
hoping it will stick and that most of the country will believe it. They want more tax cuts. Any issue that comes up they scream tax cuts!tax cuts! which they put in every bill and they haven't don't a damn thing but help the rich or those who are very comfortable already.


When the jobs bill comes up watch their proposals they all will have to do with tax cuts and some way to take away from the elderly and poor..
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:44 PM
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30. Left and right have their
view of President Obama as he's there laser focused on turning the bushcheney years of FUBAR into something resembling our country again.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:55 PM
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31. If he governed "hard left," he'd have unprecedented support...
Our Moral Values
by GEORGE LAKOFF

This article appeared in the December 6, 2004 edition of The Nation.

We are the 55 million progressives who came together in this election, voted for Kerry and rejected the Bush agenda.

We came together because of our moral values: care and responsibility, fairness and equality, freedom and courage, fulfillment in life, opportunity and community, cooperation and trust, honesty and openness. We united behind political principles: equality, equity (if you work for a living, you should earn a living) and government for the people--all the people.

These are traditional American values and principles, what we are proudest of in this country. The Democrats' failure was a failure to put forth our moral vision, celebrate our values and principles, and shout them out loud...

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20041206/lakoff

NGU.

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zoneseeker Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:18 PM
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34. you
lost mc because you're dumb
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:50 PM
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38. I...
...lost you because you're gone.

:rofl:

NGU.

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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:02 PM
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33. I posted a thread on this same topic yesterday. I couldn't believe what he said!
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:23 PM
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35. Shut up Weaselman. You couldn't be more wrong.
I can't stand his sniveling ass.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:01 PM
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36. what absolute fucking horseshit!
anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun would recognize that he's been a middle of the road corporatist so far.
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:11 PM
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37. Who the hell votes for these idiots? I wonder if the collective IQ
of Senate Republicans exceeds double digits.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:02 AM
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39. idiotic
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:19 AM
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40. And, that is McConnell's lie and he is sticking to it. n/t
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:31 AM
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41. I believe good old Mitch is trying to use
reverse psychology .. would really suck if they actually admitted what they really thought.
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hulka38 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 02:37 AM
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42. What is the point in posting nonsense from a clown like McConnell?
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 02:52 AM
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43. Hawhawhaw
:spray: :rofl: OK Mitch ... you've had your fun now quit the joking and get serious. :silly:
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Vicar In A Tutu Donating Member (298 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 04:04 AM
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44. Polling shows that a lot of people, largely gutless "Independents"...
...actually DO believe that he is too far to the left. Because the vast majority of "Independents" are actually thinly veiled Republicans who occasionally find the sense to realise that the party are actually a big bunch of lunatics. This, unfortunately, does not stop them returning to the fold after giving Democrats a few months at the helm (as long as they are "moderate"!)

Now, the sad thing is that policy which actually *is* left wing would in many cases be very popular. However, these people will never, ever see that because they have the Republicans AND the media hammering home the notion that Obama and the Democrats are already governing as though they're steering the good ship USSR circa 1950. Yeah, there's doubtless plenty of Dems who really are GOP with joke-shop glasses and moustache, but I believe there are many who would veer left if the television media existed as a relatively impartial entity it does in most democracies.

It's hard to say what Obama should do...My instinct has shifted somewhat in the past few days and I'm torn between creeping left, out of the field of vision of the politically myopic "Independents" or just taking a hard turn and playing the Repubs at their own game - "Tut tut, here we are with a centrist agenda and the Republicans - who, you might remember gave us BUSH and CHENEY and ECONOMIC COLLAPSE (emphasise their weaknesses!) - are still trying to deny us the opportunity to put things right". Effectively dare them to filibuster and then override their message of "fiscal responsibility" by portraying them as greedy fat cats who lapped up unprecedented spending under Bush.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 04:50 AM
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45. Haven't seen any such polling...
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