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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Barack and the lion's den

You know it made great political strategy and boffo theater -- Barack Obama venturing into a House Republican retreat to speak (somewhat) with a cadre of his principal antagonists.

Personally I think the high moment came when Republicans complained the administration had launched its "attack machine" against them. If Democrats had an attack machine (or at least one equal to the power of the GOP version) the Democratic Congress would have three-quarter majorities in each and not be cowering in the corner fearful of the Party of No.

And personally, I have a hard time thinking the GOP had much of an interest in real dialogue when they opted for talking points of questions like this gem from Texan Jeb Hensarling (why do I also get an image of a sneering chicken when I read his name?)
“Will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down the path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25 percent of our economy?
Nothing like an open mind pal. What have you done for us lately (other than trigger the Great recession of course?)

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

I applaud the President for attending the Republican retreat. I believe that our nation would be well served if visits such as this were an obligation of the President. Neither the President nor the congressmen had an interest in "real dialogue" both believed that they would create political advantage for themselves. It is from such "steel cage matches" that we are able to learn some truth about the combatants. In this day of sound bites, gotcha journalism, and choreographed political theater, any time we are able to see our leaders unscripted is worth while.

Aside from that I vehemently disagree that the Democrats lack an attack machine or that it lacks in power. It is as powerful as it has ever been, and fully as vile as anything the Republicans have fielded. That such thing are commonplace in our politics, causes many (most) Americans to shout "A plague a' both your houses!"

January 31, 2010 10:39 AM  

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