Matt Wuerker for May 20, 2013

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    Dtroutma  almost 11 years ago

    Sad, but amusing that the worst insults aimed at Obama is that he’s acting exactly like Reagan, GHW Bush, and “W”, but with far fewer casualties. Yes, it is time for some actual change, but with Boehner in the House, and the filibusters in the Senate, it ain’t that easy to “run the government”. Which, that is the reason for separation of powers, but the Federalists and Democratic Republicans, much as they argued, couldn’t conceive of the blatant “party line idiocy” that neocons are using today, to destroy the nation for their “party”.

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    Godfreydaniel  almost 11 years ago

    Gilbert and Sullivan were right:“I always voted at my party’s callAnd I never thought of thinking for myself at all!”

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    lonecat  almost 11 years ago

    My theory is that when you take on a position you tend to take on the characteristics of that position — even if you disagree with those characteristics. It can be very hard to struggle against that tendency. I speak partly from personal experience — several times in my life I’ve found myself doing things I would not have expected to do because I found myself in a role that expected me to do so. That’s one reason I no longer accept higher administrative positions (I mean higher in the context of where I work). Anyone elected president is going to have to take on a lot of unpleasant presidential roles. On the one hand, I just don’t buy the Republican attack on Obama, on the other hand, I’m disappointed that he’s too much like all other presidents — disappointed, but not surprised.

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    decimuscaelius  almost 11 years ago

    Workers to power!

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    Chillbilly  almost 11 years ago

    Note that these are all things that the president can do without having to turn to congress.

    It’s not a coincidence that shutting down the legislative process completely makes it easier to focus media attention on these things, including things that progressives find to be troubling.

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