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Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:22 PM

 

The White House is always on the defensive. Why don't they know how or when to attack? NT

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Reply The White House is always on the defensive. Why don't they know how or when to attack? NT (Original post)
grahamhgreen Oct 2013 OP
ForgoTheConsequence Oct 2013 #1
leftstreet Oct 2013 #2
Pretzel_Warrior Oct 2013 #3
grahamhgreen Oct 2013 #4
nadinbrzezinski Oct 2013 #5
geek tragedy Oct 2013 #6
grahamhgreen Oct 2013 #7
geek tragedy Oct 2013 #8
MyshkinCommaPrince Oct 2013 #9
MisterP Oct 2013 #11
MyshkinCommaPrince Oct 2013 #12
Tarheel_Dem Oct 2013 #10

Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. We're not allowed to attack.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz said so.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:25 PM

2. Because the Democrats are always victims of the GOP

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:26 PM

3. they aren't always on the defensive. that is just this week's environment

 

try to think bigger picture. Like to 2 weeks ago when GOP was on the run after Obama was laying down the gauntlet. We sure have short memories.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:29 PM

4. This week should be Obama blasting GOP obstructionism and destruction of the economy, every time

 

Mentioning the 24b they just cost us.

IMHO

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:30 PM

5. Dry powder is like the best.

 

:-;

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:30 PM

6. You weren't around for the first half of October, were you?

 

P.S. Part of govening means being positive, doing stuff, and being accountable when things like the ACA website don't work as well as promised.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:34 PM

7. Attacks can be put in positive terms. The debt ceiling was a failed siege, rather than a successful

 

attack, in my view.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:43 PM

8. Obama did play offense on immigration this week, stating bluntly that if it doesn't

 

pass it's because the House GOP killed it.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:58 PM

9. Hmm.

I think Democrats' overall cultural position is defensive, at this point in our history. We're trying to defend all sort of progress from the past 150 years from opponents who are trying to tear things down, attacking us from all directions. When they have the chance, the other side deliberately makes messes, and when we have power again we have to dedicate much of our effort to cleaning up... against their continuing active opposition. That makes it hard to work for actual progress, even when we do have political power.

I'd like to see us move away from that defensive position. If working for the progress we actually support represents "attack", then we need that. If, however, "attack" is just playing the political game as framed and defined by our opponents, we may be in more problematic territory. Fighting back in that sense, attacking using the methods of our adversaries, validates what the other side is doing. It makes it harder to work for real progress.

I'm glad Obama is so much smarter than I am, because I would have no idea how to move our country toward progress without playing into the hands of the regressives. Not too smart, me, as the muddled analysis in my posts surely illustrates.

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Response to MyshkinCommaPrince (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 12:21 AM

11. yeah, Mr. Chained CPI at Every Opportunity is gonna fight for us!

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Response to MisterP (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 12:36 AM

12. Wait, that's... sarcasm, right?

Hmm.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 05:06 PM

10. Yeah, why aren't both parties a bunch of attacking teabaggin' idiots? Go figure.

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