The party of no loyalty

First, Democrats refused to take the vote BEFORE the election, like the president wanted.

Then when they took the vote – of course they lost.

Now that president Obama is the only one who stepped up and took a difficult decision to help the middle class and the unemployed, you see opportunists Democrats  all over TV, attacking the president – NOT THE REPUBLICANS .

So they don’t back him up when he ask them, and they attack him when he’s making the tough – and right – decision.

That’s the entire difference. Republicans stick together. They even stood behind George fucking Bush right until the end. Democrats eats Barack Obama more or less from his first day in office.

But what they fail to understand is that if anyone will survive – it’s him, not them.  

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70 thoughts on “The party of no loyalty

  1. Well I wasn’t for extending tax cuts to the upper incomes, but sometimes you do what you have to do. He gives the Republicans absolutely no wiggle room on ‘deficit reduction.’ Bravo Mr President.

  2. I’m guessing from this post it’s ok to cuss around here, amirite? Seriously, I wasn’t sure.

    Oh yeah, and agree with your post.

  3. He does seem to be the only adult in the room. Thank goodness for his pragmatism in accepting a compromise to save UI, middle class tax cuts and the tax breaks from the stimulus. And to focus on the sputnik challenge for our times: one we all need to work together for. He never loses sight of what we need to do in 10 or 20 years. Not like the ideologues and pundiotcracy.

  4. It wasn’t until I read the analysis over on The People’s View that I understood how much compromise on both sides there has been on this issue.

    It’s surely not as b/w as a lot of people would have us believe.

  5. Speaking As an Independent, I may offend some Democrats, but I have to say this…The democrats are DYSFUNCTIONAL!! Not President Obama.. THE FREAKING CONGRESS AND SENATE DEMOCRATS!!

    WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO START BLAMING THE CULPRITS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CAVING IN TO THE GOP and WILL CONTINUE TO CAVE in 2011??

    Lets see.
    Ben Nelson
    Jim Webb
    Joe Manchin.

    They all voted with the GOP. Then you had Feingold, and other who voted for neither tax cut.
    This will continue as it gets closer to 2012 with each vote. You will start to see democrats in Red states continue to backstab Obama to avoid losing their re-election to appear more conservative.

    The Main reason the democrats lost a lot of seats was because of DYSFUNCTION within the ranks. The votes this weekend is a prime example as to what’s the problem with the democratic party and what this president has been facing since he got elected. President obama can’t even get a unified caucus to support whatever he wants, regardless if its Healthcare, Wall Street Reform, Taxes, NOTHING!! No matter what tax plan comes out of obama mouth he can’t get 100% cooperation from his own party. Why is that? Lets see we need 60 VOTES TO BREAK A FREAKIN FILIBUSTER but we only got 53 votes. Where are the 60 votes?

    Right now you got some conservadems in the senate who supports the GOP tax plan of extending tax cuts for the wealthy permanently and others senators say 2 or 3 years. Then look over in congress where some in the house are agreeing with the GOP plan which is extend for everybody and you had 20 democrats vote in lockstep with the GOP. WTF IS THAT?

    Where is the OUTRAGE on the clueless Congressional members who voted for this? Then you have some democrats voted to extend up to a million, others 500,000. Then you have some who say don’t extend for anybody. WHY ISN”T ALL THE DEMOCRATS INCLUDING CONSERVADEMS SAYING THE SAME GOD DAMN MESSAGE?
    Where is the UNITY? With friends like conservadems, Obama don’t need republican enemies. If all 100% democrats in both chamgers supported president obama, then he would have the AMMUNITION to fight back but he doesn’t. He not only is fighting the GOP but he fighting these spinless consevadems who continue to backstab him over and over again with each piece of legislation.

    All these different tax messages coming out of one party. The GOP message=PERMANENT TAX CUT PERIOD! Polls be damned!! And they are unified and itching for a fight to bring more harm to the middle class. They are UNIFIED even if they are dead wrong. The dems can’t even get one UNIFED message on Tax Cuts.

    It doesn’t matter what Obama agrees to he can’t get his whole caucus to back him. He could get on tv blast the dems till he is blue in the face, threaten to VETO any bill that has tax cut for the wealthy, the GOP will still block these tax cuts and run out the clock on getting anything else done. President obama gave the democrats in both chambers the ammunition to fight these tax cuts months ago and what did they do? They backstabbed him from the get go and didn’t support him and left for the midterms without voting for them. So why it his fault?

    Speaking as an Independent, sometimes you have to strike deals to get things done and right now time is running out to get something done. That is just the way it is with a divided DEM CAUCUS in both chambers and SENATE JACKED UP RULES that can filibuster anything in its path. What you need to fighting for is changing the Senate filibuster rules. That is why we are here right now.

    Here is the bottom line and where we are RIGHT NOW. The economy is weak, and If we don’t fix this tax code, all of our taxes will go up and nothing else passes DADT, DREAM, START, Unemployment extensions and a more conservative congress replaces the outgoing ones. I am listening to left radio right now and here is what is at stake.

    If the taxes expire it will be a double whammy on the middle class because not only will their taxes go up but more people will be dropped off Unemployment rolls which will have a devastating effect on the economy. We could see the unemployment rate RISE even more which is what the GOP wants to get back into the white house. This is the crappy hand obama has right now cause the Dems in congress didn’t vote for the tax bill before now.

    If President Obama decide to let the taxes expire, he will not get DADT repealed, Unemployment benefits extended for a year, DREAM not getting passed and the START treaty going down in flames. Meanwhile after the 112th congress is sworn in with a tea party backed congressional members and House Majority Leader Boerner, they then draw up a permanent more conservative tax cuts that winds up on Obama’s desk in January. That will be his choice. Either veto a permeanent tax cut bill or sign it into law. If he veto’s it, they blame him for everybody’s taxes going up. FOX News, and all the Right wing Radio and other continue to blame him that he made taxes go up. If he signs it, we are stuck with a permanent tax cut for the rich. Do yall want him to have that choice In January or a more of a bargaining chip right now to help middle class.

    Now that may be a fight yall want him to have, meanwhile the country’s economic situation grows dire cause 3.3 million people have dropped from UI by the end of January and 98% of working middle class taxes just went up. GOP partying like its 1999 and then they start gearing up to take down obama in 2012 cause they got a good message for the voting public. Taxes have gone up, folks are losing more and more of their jobs, people being evicted from their homes, foreclosures continue, cause billions of revenue that would have been pumped into the economy have just ceased!! Is that what the dems want? You have to think about folks who aren’t looking at the news or paying attention to what is going on. If this economy don’t improve, then obama will be blamed for the economic catastophe that happens cause of lost revenue into the economy.

    Hate it or Love it. Now is the time to stike a deal and get SOMETHING DONE! Speaking as an Independent, Strike a deal and get as much as you can..DADT, START Treaty, Unemployment extended, and DREAM act done. I know it is FUCKED Up that this is the choice yall have but look at the alternative

    You all will continue hemmorraging independents if yall continue treating president obama like crap. He is dealing with a complicated and difficult washington dc with a polarizing environment. I sometimes read the vile, viciousness over here and wonder if I have accidently wondered to the FREEP page or Redstate. It ridiculous. Am I upset with Obama on some of his decisions? HELL YES! But I continue to point the finger at the imbecils in the democratic party from red states in congress who continue to vote lockstep with the culprits who caused all of this and not supporting obama, but yet this is obama’s fault for not fighting hard enough?

    Body

    The Main reason the democrats lost a lot of seats was because of DYSFUNCTION within the ranks. The votes this weekend is a prime example as to what’s the problem with the democratic party and what this president has been facing since he got elected. President obama can’t even get a unified caucus to support whatever he wants, regardless if its Healthcare, Wall Street Reform, Taxes, NOTHING!! No matter what tax plan comes out of obama mouth he can’t get 100% cooperation from his own party. Why is that? Lets see we need 60 VOTES TO BREAK A FUCKING FILIBUSTER but we only got 53 votes. Where are the 60 votes?

    Right now you got some conservadems in the senate who supports the GOP tax plan of extending tax cuts for the wealthy permanently and others senators say 2 or 3 years. Then look over in congress where some in the house are agreeing with the GOP plan which is extend for everybody and you had 20 democrats vote in lockstep with the GOP. WTF IS THAT?

    Where is your OUTRAGE on the clueless Congressional members who voted for this? Then you have some democrats voted to extend up to a million, others 500,000. Then you have some who say don’t extend for anybody. WHY ISN”T ALL THE DEMOCRATS INCLUDING CONSERVADEMS SAYING THE SAME GOD DAMN MESSAGE? Where is the UNITY? With friends like conservadems, Obama don’t need republican enemies. If all 100% democrats in both chamgers supported president obama, then he would have the AMMUNITION to fight back but he doesn’t. He not only is fighting the GOP but he fighting these spinless consevadems who continue to backstab him over and over again with each piece of legislation. All these different tax messages coming out of one party. The GOP message=PERMANENT TAX CUT PERIOD! Polls be damned!! And they are unified and itching for a fight to bring more harm to the middle class. They are UNIFIED even if they are dead wrong. The dems can’t even get one UNIFED message on Tax Cuts. It doesn’t matter what Obama agrees to he can’t get his whole caucus to back him. He could get on tv blast the dems till he is blue in the face, threaten to VETO any bill that has tax cut for the wealthy, the GOP will still block these tax cuts and run out the clock on getting anything else done. President obama gave the democrats in both chambers the ammunition to fight these tax cuts months ago and what did they do? They backstabbed him from the get go and didn’t support him and left for the midterms without voting for them. So why it his fault?

    Speaking as an Independent,sometimes you have to strike deals to get things done and right now time is running out to get something done. That is just the way it is with a divided DEM CAUCUS in both chambers and SENATE JACKED UP RULES that can filibuster anything in its path. What you need to fighting for is changing the Senate filibuster rules. That is why we are here right now.

    Here is the bottom line and where we are RIGHT NOW. The economy is weak, and If we don’t fix this tax code, all of our taxes will go up and nothing else passes DADT, DREAM, START, Unemployment extensions and a more conservative congress replaces the outgoing ones. I am listening to left radio right now and here is what is at stake. If the taxes expire it will be a double whammy on the middle class because not only will their taxes go up but more people will be dropped off Unemployment rolls which will have a devastating effect on the economy. We could see the unemployment rate RISE even more which is what the GOP wants to get back into the white house. This is the crappy hand obama has right now cause the Dems in congress didn’t vote for the tax bill before now.

    If President Obama decide to let the taxes expire, he will not get DADT repealed, Unemployment benefits extended for a year, DREAM not getting passed and the START treaty going down in flames. Meanwhile after the 112th congress is sworn in with a tea party backed congressional members and House Majority Leader Boerner, they then draw up a permanent more conservative tax cuts that winds up on Obama’s desk in January. That will be his choice. Either veto a permeanent tax cut bill or sign it into law. If he veto’s it, they blame him for everybody’s taxes going up. FOX News, and all the Right wing Radio and other continue to blame him that he made taxes go up. If he signs it, we are stuck with a permanent tax cut for the rich. Do yall want him to have that choice In January or a more of a bargaining chip right now to help middle class.

    Now that may be a fight yall want him to have, meanwhile the country’s economic situation grows dire cause 3.3 million people have dropped from UI by the end of January and 98% of working middle class taxes just went up. GOP partying like its 1999 and then they start gearing up to take down obama in 2012 cause they got a good message for the voting public. Taxes have gone up, folks are losing more and more of their jobs, people being evicted from their homes, foreclosures continue, cause billions of revenue that would have been pumped into the economy have just ceased!! Is that what the dems want? You have to think about folks who aren’t looking at the news or paying attention to what is going on. If this economy don’t improve, then obama will be blamed for the economic catastophe that happens cause of lost revenue into the economy. Hate it or Love it. Now is the time to stike a deal and get SOMETHING DONE! Speaking as an Independent, Strike a deal and get as much as you can..DADT, START Treaty, Unemployment extended, and DREAM act done. I know it is FUCKED Up that this is the choice yall have but look at the alternative

    You all will continue hemmorraging independents if yall continue treating president obama like crap. He is dealing with a complicated and difficult washington dc with a polarizing environment. I sometimes read the vile, viciousness over here and wonder if I have accidently wondered to the FREEP page or Redstate. It ridiculous. Am I upset with Obama on some of his decisions? HELL YES! But I continue to point the finger at the imbecils in the democratic party from red states in congress who

  6. I feel so bad for him right now, because you can see on his face how disappointed he is to have to break this campaign promise – and how disgusted he is by the Republican party.

    But, he’s a hero in my eyes. Those who say that he’s weak, are idiots. He’s a true here, with an enormous guts.

  7. You are so right BWD, I’m sitting here watching Ed Schultz and the usual suspects become unhinged at President Obama’s decision. It seems as though the more insane the vitriol towards President Obama gets, the more calmer he becomes.

  8. Hi I followed BWD over here sine someone has HIS back and seriously, I woke up this morning thinking that to post photos and positive bits & pieces is NOT cheerleading or being blind to realities. President Obama told us it would not be easy and heck yeah, any Change Leadership course would tell you that much. It slow, tedious, and sometimes just painful …. I re watch re the Andrew Shepherd Speech from the American President to remind me that ‘democracy is hard and you have to want it really bad’.

    Just saying!

  9. Found a piece you might find interesting.

    Apparently NOT passing unemployement extensions put families AND the economy at risk.

    In an opinion piece that was blistering in it’s denouncement of so called Republican “Deficit Hawks” was the this fascinating piece of information.

    “A recent Associated Press article said economic analysts believe cutting unemployment benefits now could slow economic growth by nearly a percentage point, result in the loss of 1 million additional jobs and cause hundreds of thousands of families to fall into poverty.

    Because all those consequences would also reduce federal revenue, it’s quite possible that halting these benefits will worsen the current deficit — much of which is caused by falling revenue rather than increased spending. ”

    http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewnewspaged/articleid/4721396/pageid/1

    So not only were the Republicans holding the unemployed hostage, they were holding the economy hostage as well.

    What ever misgivings I had over what has happened just vanished.

    I don’t see how the President could have done other than what he did. Republicans may be willing for people to go hungy and loose their homes, our President is not.

    It’s a great piece. Hope others read it and share what they think. Thought it might come in handy in rebutting some of the usual arguments.

  10. You are so right!
    BTW, love your website and it is so ture ‘the only adult in the room!”

  11. Ed is an idiot, as for some the democratic congress folks, I am not sure they understand their role in government. I don’t think they know what making law is all about. They are so disfunctional that, the president had to send his team in to negotiate for them. Essentially doing their work for them. If they are now all over the tv, then I thing they are embarassed. But rather than admit their lack of skills, they decry the good that POTUS does. Dumb fricking asses., ( can I say asses BWD?)

  12. Anthony Weiner is the worst. “the President shoulda did this..he shoulda did that”. Weiner wanted to hold on till January or beyond. But no concern for the folks without UI. You didn’t have the votes in the Senate!! He is a jerk.

  13. Which democrats are you referencing? MSM “Democrats” or the elected ones in Congress?

    If it’s the former – not a surprise, if it’s the latter let’s see how they vote on it. Put their vote where their rhetoric is – vote against it. The elected officials coming out to the left of Obama and criticizing without demonizing, disagreeing without being disagreeable isn’t a bad thing because the more he’s painted as a moderate/centrist the harder it will be for the GOP candidate to defeat him. The GOP needs to be able to paint him as the far left ideologue, and can do it when the Dems are supplying all of the votes. The more votes the GOP supplies going forward the less then can run on that claim in 2012.

    Ideally there should be 20% of Dems in congress that vote against this, to force more Republicans to have to vote for it and prevent it from being a largely partisan bill. Force 10+ GOP senators to vote for it and 50 GOP in the house to vote for it. It’s a compromise that leadership from both sides signed off on – it’s time McConnell and Boehner used their hammer to bring voters to vote for something.

    Also it will be interesting to see what the deficit/debt hawks do – do they vote for this bill that extends UEI for 13 months just to give 2% of the population extra tax cuts for two years? When they just voted against a perminent middle class extension on Saturday that would have taken any UEI leverage off the table and then they could have made their principled stand against the deficit.

    How is this playing on the freeper and redstate blogs? How is Fox treating this? As a major win for the GOP for getting extra tax cuts extended? What are they saying about the UEI extension for 13 months?

  14. New Blog entry..

    “Broken Promises of President Bill Clinton.” It is my attempt to ask if there is a double standard where President Obama is concerned. Although I love President Clinton he broke some big promises, and gave us some horrible policies as well. I was too young then to know if the left was criticizing him to the degree they are criticizing this President, so maybe some of you could tell me. They definitely stood by him during the “Lewinski” scandal, I know that.

    Also there is a new blog entry by Andrea called “Dear Mr President”(An Open letter to President Barack Obama). http://blog.dearmrpres.com/

  15. I’d like to see the unemployment figures in his district, pretty sure he’d have some very angry constituents if they’d pushed this vote forward until January or beyond.

  16. Apparently NOT passing unemployement extensions put families AND the economy at risk.

    In an opinion piece that was blistering in it’s denouncement of so called Republican “Deficit Hawks” was the this fascinating bit of information.

    “A recent Associated Press article said economic analysts believe cutting unemployment benefits now could slow economic growth by nearly a percentage point, result in the loss of 1 million additional jobs and cause hundreds of thousands of families to fall into poverty.

    Because all those consequences would also reduce federal revenue, it’s quite possible that halting these benefits will worsen the current deficit — much of which is caused by falling revenue rather than increased spending. ”

    http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewnewspaged/articleid/4721396/pageid/1

    Not only were the Republicans holding the unemployed hostage, they were holding the economy hostage as well.

    What ever misgivings I had over what has happened just vanished.

    I don’t see how the President could have done other than what he did. Republicans may be willing for people to go hungy and lose their homes, our President is not. Republicans may be willing for a million more people to lose their jobs and this fragile recovery to slip backwards. Our President is not.

    It’s a great piece. Hope others read it and share what they think. Thought it might come in handy in rebutting some of the usual arguments.

  17. I feel like President Obama put the country and the recovery first.
    It takes major guts to stand up against your own party.
    Did Gorgie Bush ever do anything like that?
    He rolled over for them ever time!
    They republican whiners now have no excuse but to get off their piles of dough and help build up our economy.
    I think this gives our President leverage.

    Oh and BWD
    I am so glad you have put this page out there

  18. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your comments St. Roscoe.

    Always much food for thought.🙂

  19. This may be a radical viewpoint, but I believe Clinton was NEVER this demonized by his own party for two reasons: The Bush years have shown us self centered viciousness in politics – including bald faced lying is quite acceptable (and disgustingly quite appealing to the left) and second, that Obama has completely different pigmentation.

  20. DC is such bad business! It is difficult to know what to believe, events get so distorted. Our president is a brave man to permit himself to be the lightening rod for public opinion. Media has absolutely trashed him. As a result, the public has a very skewed picture of his actual accomplishments.

    I cut the man a wide swath of slack for being able to accomplish anything positive at all. Our mega-rich overlords are insatiable in their desire to drain our remaining wealth, and whatever physical comfort remains to us.

    It’s a Quixotiesque venture Obama has undertaken. No matter what he accomplishes, it will be tarnished by the bought and sold media.

    We are way past time for campaign finance reform and media de-consolidation reform.

  21. Maybe he should challenge the president in 2012. This would be fun to watch.

    All these heroes who are coming out every couple of months to make the TV rounds and to spit of the president.

  22. Agreed, he is suffering, let us not confuse the issues. Sadly Americans do what they see on TV. which is why money wins elections.

    I hate that bs about “a referendum on Obama’s plan”. Sadly, most of America are poor to middle class and they do NOT keep up with politics!!

    I say this because I have talked to several people that have been laid off, and all live in one house in South Florida. When they complained about losing unemployment, I just jokingly said “you guys, you all voted right”?? They said umm there was an election??

    This just made me think, voting is not stressed enough, not important enough, not clear enough. All those people in that house all would “vote for Obama” again. They are not up on politics, they don’t watch TV, they don’t blog, they are very disassociated with politics. Unless it is blaring.. TIME TO VOTE.. they don’t. I am NOT saying this behavior is good, but I am saying it exists.

    It makes me wonder how deluded Republicans are. All they got was “the votes of some voters”. And even in the BIG races they lost.

    I just wish, one day, we would make elections clearer, opinions more open, understanding more apparent, necessity evident and ballots easier to read.

    I am sure that people like President Obama would win, and it would be nice to see.

    yes I am a dreamer… :))

  23. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND WITH #44…HE IS PUTTING THE PEOPLE FIRST…NOT POLITICS…HE IS NEITHER DEMOCRAT NOR REPUBLICAN…HE’S IN THE PARTY OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE!!!! AND IM HONORED TO BE IN IT!!!

  24. Exactly right – WJC was demonized by Republicans but we Dems all rallied around him because we were so revolted by the demonization and the unfair nature of the attacks. Obama, on the other hand, is, IMO, more progressive and effective than Bill Clinton and of course does not have any of Clinton’s personal foibles. Yet Obama is eviscerated by the same left that rallied around Clinton in spite of the center rigth policies and the triangulation.

    No matter what I keep circling back to race as the only plausible explanation for the wild double standard. It is a dark and sad comment on the “professional left” in this country.

    What in the hell are we to make of a respected columnist for the NYT like Frank Rich arguing that Obama is a weak man who suffers from hostage syndrome and will do whatever his captors (the Republicans) demand?? That almost has to come from a racist place — the ease with which Rich denigrates the entire Obama personality in such a disrespectful way was totally shocking to me. Beyond the pale, really, that a media elite could so easily and comfortably disparage President Obama for finding a way to deal with central economic issues in a way that makes sense and cuts a pretty good deal on behalf of the American people.

  25. Bill Clinton kind of got a big pass during his presidency — basically people on the left accepted the fact that Congress was filled with evil Republicans, and all Clinton could do was cut semi-bad deals with them. There was very little criticism — of course the Internet was just starting and it wasn’t the source for faux outrage that it is now . .

  26. President Obama is a leader.

    We’ve had so few in the past 60 years, it’s hard to recognize the real deal.

    But, he is, and by 2012 he’ll not only be re-elected, folk will be considering repealing the 22nd Amendment.

    He’s such a great leader, he would vigorously oppose such a repeal.

  27. Thank you so much for this site, BWD. The posts here are sane and humane and SUCH a welcome change from the rest of the liberal blogs. I am so infuriated by the way President Obama is being attacked on all sides for doing the only responsible thing to do, given the failure of congress and his own party. How anyone could say he is weak is beyond me. Through all this crap, he will not back down because he refuses to play politics with people’s lives. Our president knows this is not some damned game, especially for those barely getting by in this lousy economy.

    I am so proud I voted for this man.

  28. I’m old enough to remember 1968, when the Democratic Party almost destroyed itself by infighting, and then of course in 1980 they did it again. But this tendency of Democrats to fight among themselves goes back way further than that. Will Rogers famously said: “I’m not a member of any organized party. I’m a Democrat!”

    Despite all that history, I’m still amazed at the tendency of many Democrats today to blame their leaders for the tax cut compromise, instead of standing together and blaming the Republicans, who are after all the people who prevented the tax cut extension for only the middle class from even coming up for a vote. From what I hear of the tax deal that was finalized today, however, this is something that Democrats should be proud of, not angry about.

  29. I think a lot of the people who voted for Obama don’t read political blogs. I think they don’t care so much if the wealthy get tax cuts, as long as they also get tax cuts. What they care about even more is that they don’t lose their unemployment benefits right before Christmas. Most of my family & friends were fervent Obama supporters & still think of him fondly & have absolutely no idea what DKos is, let alone who Joan Walsh or anyone on MSNBC is.

    If the progressive left is willing to place regular working people on the altar of their own ideology, then they’re not really all that progressive. They’re elitist in their own way, and think everyone else should care about what they care about.

    I hadn’t visited DKos in about 6 months till the other day. I learned you (BWD) had left and created your own blog. And unfortunately from looking around DKos, there doesn’t seem to be many pragmatists or optimists left there. So glad to find there’s a place to find people who live in the real world and can see past the black & white text of their computer screens. I hope to come back here often.🙂

  30. And we probably didn’t have the profit-seeking false Progressives (i.e. former Republicans) like Huff&Puff and Kos back then, either.

  31. You are so right. I hate to keep going on about kos, but Funny thing about the KOS group is they have no idea what they want. They wanted Dems to force Repugs to filibuster. Well they did that on Saturday and libs still aren’t happy. Here’s the thing that I am learning about libs, they aren’t and have never been poor. 2 million families are stuck waiting to see if they are going to get an unemployment check to buy food and maybe a gift for their kids for xmas. Libs would rather the President and Dems fight fight fight, while people out there are suffering. They quickly forget that repugs are the ones blocking everything. If Obama waits, hell there is only 2 weeks before the holidays, but I guess the libs would see the unemployed starve so that they can beat the repugs. But like Obama says, politics aint a game. Politics affect people lives in a real way. Libs never had to experience this and therefore talk and think like this thing is a football game.

  32. Hi BWD.

    I am so pissed off at the democrats right now.

    This man is faced with the toughest decisions of our lifetime and they are not even there to support him.

    I really hope the American people truly see what President Obama has done for them.

    The only thing is that for those who do know their voices are being drowned out by these idiots.

    The system really sucks.

  33. Good morning Msk. Let me know what you think.

    I’m planning on calling Snowe and Collins this morning and as politely as possible, let them have it.

  34. I totally agree with you, BWD! There’s the usual rabid mob at DK feeding off each other’s hatred for this man. Seriously, they are so filled with hate and ugliness I actually pity them. This was the only realistic move the president could make. You’re right, too, that the Democrats in Congress don’t have his back, they never have…but at least we do!

    Obama 2012

  35. The entire country of Leftblogistan is in full-on Hate Mode for Obama.

    What disappoints me most is that they’re focusing EXCLUSIVELY on the “caving” on tax cuts and no mention on what Obama got out of the deal.

    The reason that is is because they secretly WANTED Obama to “cave” on tax cuts because they already had their screeds written on how “spineless” he is. They wanted to be RIGHT on it and bask in their purity.

    I’m absolutely sickened by The Left.

  36. Amen, sister! What is it about Democrats that makes them so hypocritically spiteful and back stabbing?

    I’ll give my two cents. When I was growing up during segregation, I always said that at least in the south you knew who your enemy was and you could strategize against him. In the north it was like a stealth bomb with lots of smiles and behind the door plans to maintain the status quo. Sadly, I feel that way about a huge chunk of the Democratic Party right now. If we were marching for freedom like we did in the 60s I doubt that very many of these folks would be there by our side. We would never have passed a single piece of civil rights legislation. Oh yeah, that was before “I want it now Mcdonald’s, have it your way” living.

    Don’t these people understand that change is hard work and you must give and take to get it through? No. I guess they don’t. Because they don’t know what it means to HAVE TO stick together for survival. These people will be the death of the Democratic party.

  37. Of course I want the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire, of course I want DADT to be repealed, of course I want a single payor healthcare system. BUT lets face it, there is a party called the Republicans that want President Obama to fail at all costs, even costs to the middle class. He truly is the only adult in the Democratic Party currently. You can’t have the middle class go without these tax cuts and you can’t have the unemployed go without benefits. If it takes a two year extension to the wealth for tax cuts so be it. There is a price for eveything. BWD you are so right when you call him the only adult in the …..

  38. Your comment is amazing. You are a critical thinker. You capture the essence of where we are today perfectly. Sadly, we won’t hear your analysis on television, because the only narrative that the traditional media wants to get out is that President Obama “caved” and his base is furious with him.

    Once again, the purists on the left are hammering President Obama for what he DIDN’T get instead of going after the Republicans and the Democrats who made this tough decision necessary.

    “The only adult in the room” is the perfect name for the BWD blog. President Obama is doing the hard work of governing which requires compromise. It’s that simple.

    President Obama is on the right side of this issue. He will have an easier time justifying his actions than the opposition. Let the Republican Party explain to the American people why they should be in the White House in 2012 after holding the middle class and the economy hostage for wealthy tax cuts. Party over country should be their campaign slogan.

  39. The Democrats have become a bitter party with no sense of self preservation or survival. In the media, it is all about the eyeballs,clicks and ratings. It’s about who can be the biggest cynic and the most disrespectful to this President. The Carnival Barkers, Book Hawkers and Pundit Ass hats main goal is self promotion, unworthy political influence and monetary gain. They stay paid no matter what party is in office.

  40. I like Mr. Weiner. However, he wouldn’t be able to survive one month in President Obama’s shoes.

  41. I was sitting there with DH during our president’s announcement of the tax-cut deal, listening to DH loudly grumbling “This rips it for me. I hope an independent will run in 2012,” and thinking that Obama did what he had to do to take care of people. Clearly, he is between a huge boulder and a very, very hard place. And I did not see weakness or wimpiness in his eyes; I saw incredible, politics-transcending strength.

  42. You TOTALLY needed to get that off your chest!:) Absolutely right, though.I want to know why everyone isn’t calling out the Republicans and ConDems(that’s what I’ll call them now, cons!)for there faux concern about the deficit.Facts matter, and they have no concern for the facts. This “bonus” tax cut will RAISE THE DEFICIT.It’s very apparent to me that these folks ONLY care about the people that can send them big checks for their campaigns…not the majority of Americans.The President’s job is to represent ALL AMERICANS, not the few…he made the hard choice to the benefit of the many. The media always asks the wrong questions. They SHOULD be pointing a fist at the Republicans and questioning why they would hold the unemployed hostage with this massive giveaway to the wealthy, and call them out on the deficit issue! Not demonize the President for doing his job.Are people going to remember this in 2012? Hard to say. We seem to have the attention span of a knat.I really hope that this comes back to bite these Republicans and Cons in the end.Always easier to point the finger at the President when they’re not the ones having to make the tough call.

  43. Truer words were never spoken. You could really see the disgust and disappointment, I agree. A poison pill to be sure. Bet those folks on unemployment are thanking him though…and if this stimulates the economy and things begin to move a little faster on the jobs front..well, this will all be forgotten.

  44. I just heard on Stephanie Miller this morning that Alan Grayson said that this compromise was the only time the Republicans EVER came to the table to work out a deal! EVER! That means they were never interested in any of the other things that have been talked about in the last 2 years. Not START, not DADT,not stimulus bills,not unemployment extensions,not Lily Ledbetter,not college tuition, not the DREAM Act,not ANY of the things on the list of what Obama has done thus far!But they will fight tooth and nail for millionaires and billionaires.Who fights for the REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE??? That needs to be a campaign commercial.End. Of. Conversation.

  45. Lynn, I would like to stand with you in the party of the people and for the people. I am so damn tired of all the labels being thrown around, yet a another means to create division.
    I stand with the US of America, and am grateful for our President who focuses not only on optimizing outcomes in the short term, but is guided by a long term perspective that optimizes America’s potential to be better tomorrow than we are today.

  46. ..u got that right….

    and it really makes no sense to me for the pundits, bloggers, and everyone in between to complain now, when they all sat their happy asses at home back in november. They didn’t have his back then, yet want to call him spineless and weak. Frank Richs’ article is just that..rich in bs. The same thing happened during the HCR battle. U had them on television dogging the plan, even though it would have helped millions, but yet, would rather have the president ‘fight’ based on principle even though that doesn’t solve anything.

  47. I just posted the president’s video on my FB page. Like during the campaign, I think more people would support him if they heard his words – not filtered through opinion-makers.

    This site is a great resource.

  48. This is what I just sent to BoldProgressives/PCCC:

    “Here’s what I think, in case you missed the thoughts I shared onine:

    I think we should all try understanding reality, for a change. It wasn’t just Republicans obstructing this – 5 Democrats in the Senate also voted against the “Democratic” tax cut plan – as did 20 in the House. Plus, more importantly, it was the fault of Congress for not voting on the tax cuts BEFORE the election, when President Obama wanted them to, and when it might have affected the outcome of the election in our favor, as well as giving us more time and the ability to negotiate from a position of strength in our supermajorities. Our congressional Democrats are not all good guys, and even the good ones look spineless – but all anyone can do is savage our President!

    According to some very knowledgeable experts, Obama got some pretty good deals in exchange, including extension of unemployment insurance, payroll tax cuts and other tax credits to stimulate the economy. If he had been immovable, he would have gotten ZIP, and it would have damaged the entire country. Finally, this will give Democrats and Dem supporters a battle-cry for 2012 – that is IF we can all get our message together and STOP the circular firing squad.

    If you guys don’t get your act together and start giving President Obama credit for his many, many achievements, I will not remain on your mailing list. I’ll be too busy scrambling to secure passage out of this crazy nation, to escape President Palin!”

  49. Don’t give up on all of us just yet! I’m here because I support the president. There are many others of us. Sadly, the ugly voices on both sides get attention out of proportion to their numbers.

  50. CarolDuhart

    For those who missed Obama’s speech last night:

    [video src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/videos/2010/December/120610_TaxCuts.mp4" /]

    No, he wasn’t all that happy, but Obama’s a realist-a compassionate one who realizes that real people would be hurt if nothing was done.

  51. Yes, he will be the one standing with a good heart intack. He is giving it all he has, and the opposition from both sides are still not getting it. But President Obama is tough, compassionate, intelligent, and weighs all that is before him in his decision making. I appreciate that, and I will support him and pray much for his continued success.

  52. Ah…Obama wanted a vote before the election. Forgive me if someone has already addressed this, but since when can a PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES not get what he wants from people in his own party? That’s right, since he took office.

  53. Amen! You’d think those low-income working white people would see the Republicans love to use them to get votes but really don’t give a flying fig about them otherwise. This deal is going to add to the deficit. Let’s see if the Tea Party is outraged about THAT!

  54. The Progressive movement is filled with some of the most delusional, hateful, and downright misguided folks I have ever seen.

    They are making the teabaggers seem sane, and that is hard to do.

  55. So true BWD. The President has taken the heat for Democrats since his inaugaration. Democrats rode his coattails into Congress, and then let him down every step of the way. We had such potential to achieve great things but we NEVER had 60 votes. The Democrats have been so caught up in themselves, they cannot see what their actions are doing to this country.

    What I love about our President, is that he is always focused on the American people instead of polls and politics. It is clear that he knows what it is like to not have money to buy food or gas and he is not going to jeapardize the well-being of the American people for the sake of the political game.

    I am behind him 100%.

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