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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:21 PM

75. after the profound failure of Baby Bush, Democrats had a chance to bury Republicans for good

if Obama had noticed that the GOP had only gotten uglier and more extremist in their tactics since they tried to impeach the last Democratic president, that he started out with a genuine mandate from the voters, and that he had the bully pulpit of the White House to sell progressive policies and whip not just the GOP but the more corrupt members of the Democratic Party into line, he could have put the party in the kind of unassailable position they were in when they controlled Congress for decades from the end of World War II until Reagan.

Instead, Obama gave away half the loaf up front by not challenging the core policies of the GOP of tax cuts, budgets balanced on the backs of the poor, and privatization of government services, especially public education.

And probably more damaging in the long term, he did not expose and punish the lies and profit motive at the heart of the swath of chaos and death Bush burned across the Muslim world.

The most heartbreaking symbol of the opportunity Obama threw away was the story of a sheriff who said he stopped enforcing evictions for foreclosures to see what Obama would do.

When cops expect that kind of change, that's big.

When he didn't even try to deliver it, by simply enforcing existing laws on those that did the most damage (even if it took a little creativity like throwing Al Capone in prison for tax evasion), he became a merely above average president instead of one of the greatest like FDR or Lincoln.

And like the compromising presidents before the Civil War, by leaving the sociopaths of Wall Street unscathed, he paved the way for a greater conflagration in the future.

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