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Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:24 PM

President Obama.. "Please Proceed, Sen McConnell"



"If you didn't get to watch President Obama's press conference this afternoon, I encourage you to do so" (See here.. freshwest http://www.democraticunderground.com/110226440 )

"He made a point of saying that he looks forward to hearing from McConnell and Boehner on what their agenda for Congress will be. And that he's willing to work on those areas where they can agree.

While some will undoubtably view this as pre-capitulation, its actually an amazing power play as well as a reprisal of conciliatory rhetoric as a ruthless strategy.

One way to deal with that kind of bad-faith opposition is to draw the person in, treat them as if they were operating in good faith, and draw them into a conversation about how they actually would solve the problem. If they have nothing, it shows. And that's not a tactic of bipartisan Washington idealists -- it's a hard-nosed tactic of community organizers, who are acutely aware of power and conflict.
Over the last 6 years, Minority Leader McConnell has been able to embrace a "post-policy" approach focused on total obstruction. Now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, President Obama is basically saying "puts your cards on the table and let's see what you've got."

After last night's election results, both National Review Online and Rush Limbaugh are counseling McConnell to keep up the obstruction. Jonathan Chait pretty much nailed what McConnell will see as his most effective strategy going forward:

McConnell’s next play is perfectly clear. His interest lies in creating two more years of ugliness and gridlock. He does not want spectacular, high-profile failures that command public attention — no shutdowns, no impeachment. Instead, he wants tedious, enervating stalemate. McConnell needs to drain away any possibility of hope and excitement from government, so that the disengaged Democratic voters remain disengaged in 2016.

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Today the President simply called on McConnell to "put up or shut up." That's his best way of undermining McConnell when/if the gridlock continues. In other words, its the best power play he has now - given what the midterm electorate did yesterday.

The rest of herstory.. Nancy Letourneau's/AKA smartypants http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/11/president-obama-please-proceed-senator.html?spref=tw

This is from Novemeber 5th and kinda got buried with all the other news coming out.. but, well worth taking a look at Now!

Well, he heard from them today..


Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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Boehner is looking at President Obama as though he's going to toilet paper the Oval Office once the workday ends.
10:15 AM - 7 Nov 2014 29 Retweets 16 favorites

:hatip: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/11/07/the-presidents-day-25/

Erica Werner @ericawerner
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Cornyn said discussion of immigration took up easily half the meeting, with R's pressing Obama and the president "unmoved and even defiant"
11:11 AM - 7 Nov 2014 50 Retweets 12 favorites

Gregory Korte ✔ @gregorykorte
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Consensus from witnesses along West Executive Drive is that Sen. Mitch McConnell was first congressional leader out the door after lunch.
10:17 AM - 7 Nov 2014

http://theobamadiary.com/2014/11/07/a-tweet-or-two-162/

To the Barack Obama Group where sanity, focus, and reality reigns! Love you guys.. oh, and anyone who respects this President can chime in!

sheshhttp://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1102&pid=26485e

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Reply President Obama.. "Please Proceed, Sen McConnell" (Original post)
Cha Nov 2014 OP
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #1
Cha Nov 2014 #3
sheshe2 Nov 2014 #4
Cha Nov 2014 #10
pinto Nov 2014 #2
Cha Nov 2014 #5
ucrdem Nov 2014 #6
Cha Nov 2014 #7
ucrdem Nov 2014 #9
Cha Nov 2014 #11
ucrdem Nov 2014 #13
Cha Nov 2014 #15
ucrdem Nov 2014 #32
Marie Marie Nov 2014 #8
Cha Nov 2014 #12
cilla4progress Nov 2014 #14
cstanleytech Nov 2014 #16
Cha Nov 2014 #37
SleeplessinSoCal Nov 2014 #17
Cha Nov 2014 #19
steve2470 Nov 2014 #18
Cha Nov 2014 #20
steve2470 Nov 2014 #21
Cha Nov 2014 #22
steve2470 Nov 2014 #23
Cha Nov 2014 #24
freshwest Nov 2014 #25
steve2470 Nov 2014 #30
Cha Nov 2014 #31
NanceGreggs Nov 2014 #26
Cha Nov 2014 #33
Cha Nov 2014 #38
BeyondGeography Nov 2014 #27
Cha Nov 2014 #34
classof56 Nov 2014 #28
Cha Nov 2014 #35
brer cat Nov 2014 #29
Cha Nov 2014 #36
William769 Nov 2014 #39
Cha Nov 2014 #40

Response to Cha (Original post)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:25 PM

1. I got his back.

 

No turning back.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:36 PM

3. We thought we had to have it before, SKP! Now,

he's up there as our Firewall in Chief against total Koch Fascists taking over our Country. He needs us more than ever!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:45 PM

4. I sure as hell have his back Cha!









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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 12:42 AM

10. And, he has yours..



Thank you for having our President's back so eloquently, she~

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:28 PM

2. +1

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Response to pinto (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:54 PM

5. Hey, Aloha pinto!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:59 PM

6. I heard it and it was awesome.

The cretin reporters were giving him shit too, like he was mooching a meal at their fancy restaurant. Really disgusting.



But he shamed them all by keeping cool and soaring waaay over their heads.



p.s. over the heads of the Daily Paul crowd too.



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Response to ucrdem (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 12:25 AM

7. Swoosh! Right Over so many

heads!

Oh you mean like this cretin..


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Last night was shit But then President did this to Ed Henry & his shill pals today Now? All's good #Forward

http://theobamadiary.com/2014/11/05/today-calls-for-laughter/#comments

Mahalo ucr!

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 12:38 AM

9. Ed Henry, thanks. Gotta remember that name.

Real asswipe that one.

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:04 AM

11. fox "news" a$$hole.. and, all the other jackals wannabe like him..

TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary
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Ed Henry: "You're doubling down on the same policies and approach!"

The ones that got him elected President twice, Ed?

10:36 AM - 5 Nov 2014 76 Retweets 40 favorites

April @ReignOfApril
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I have no problem with you asking questions of POTUS, @edhenryTV. But I think it's reprehensible that you would interrupt him mid-sentence.
10:39 AM - 5 Nov 2014 96 Retweets 58 favorites

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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@JonKarl won't tell Americans that every time Pres. Obama reached out to the GOP socially, they rejected his iniviations
This is the media

10:26 AM - 5 Nov 2014 105 Retweets 39 favorites

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:27 AM

13. Insufferable wise-ass.

Fox, that figures.

p.s. looks like Peters won that seat in SD: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025785459





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Response to ucrdem (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:56 AM

15. NO F********* WAY!!!!!

OMGs! CHILLS! We weren't suppose to find out until MONDAY!

I'm so happy I dance! Thank you for telling me, ucr!

I was going to write about it on Monday hopefully but this is BETTER!

Have to call my sis now!

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Response to Cha (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 07:32 PM

32. Dem gov + Dem SoS = Woohoo!

Sometimes anyway . . .

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 12:28 AM

8. Give 'em enough rope, Mr President...

they will hang themselves. They don't know how to govern, nor do they want to. Their agenda is clear and I can only hope that their inevitable over-reach will be their undoing. Meanwhile, keep that veto pen handy... Love ya back Cha.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:23 AM

12. Precisely, Marie Marie! Hey Aloha..

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:42 AM

14. I still love him for now

as long as he does right on the Keystone pipeline.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:05 AM

16. Thats going to depend on how the votes go for it I suspect.

If they have the votes to probably override a veto the best he might be able to do is see if he can somehow stall it and even thats a roll of the dice.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 9, 2014, 06:10 AM

37. Mahalo cilla.. here's to the President doing right on Keystone and whipping out that VETO

Pen!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:08 AM

17. I hope that now that Al Franken has won re-election

he will step in front of the cameras to have President Obama's back with a smile and great wit. I miss him and think he could be a great asset to POTUS.

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:22 AM

19. Remember Sen Franken's first Senate race, SiSC? Against Norm Coleman? It went on

for months it seemed.

Congratulations to Senator Franklin! I think you're right.. he might just be a great asset and friend to have in the US Senate!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:21 AM

18. got his back, kick and rec ! nt

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:25 AM

20. Mahalo, steve!

Please Proceed Senator McConnell..

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:30 AM

21. "defiant" = Cornyn's word for the President not folding like a cheap suit

His public press conference was done very well, and now in private he can tell them to be real, get real, deal with him honestly and in good faith, and tell them to pound sand (politely) if they try to mess with him.

Somehow I think we're going to hear this word "defiant" a lot over the next 2 years and 2 months.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:42 AM

22. "Somehow I think we're going to hear this word "defiant" a lot over the next 2 years and 2 months."

And, maybe an "arrogant" or two!

Meanwhile, President Obama..



And, Steve.. Welcome as a Host of the BOG!



Thank you!

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Response to Cha (Reply #22)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:52 AM

23. Thanks Cha !

Yes, arrogant and some other words that mean he won't cave !

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 02:56 AM

24. "unmoved".. rofl

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 03:39 AM

25. Only because they're too afraid to say 'uppity.' That's what it's been about all along...

Obama's huge smile and confidence is ennervating to these guys, and it's not an act, either.

They wear a 'What does he know that we don't know?' look.

They're not in his league, they are followers of the Koches, and not leaders.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 03:48 PM

30. so true nt

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Response to freshwest (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 07:08 PM

31. Well Done, fresh! "They're not in his league, they are followers of the Koches, and not leaders."

Money quote!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 05:34 AM

26. He continues to be ...

... the smartest man in the room. Always. And under any and all circumstances.

I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #26)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 08:01 PM

33. Yes, and they cannot stand it. Pathetic, the way the gop/WHPC acts out

when their inner green eyed monster takes over.

Thanks Nance.. I had some pic that would have been perfect here but my internet connection and machine are all acting up now. So, I'll be lucky to get this to you!

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #26)

Sun Nov 9, 2014, 07:07 AM

38. He just came by to see..



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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 07:11 AM

27. Unmoved and defiant...hold that posture, Mr. President

You can't say they didn't have that coming to them for the last six years.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 08:03 PM

34. It's okay for the mitchs, boners, etc etc etc to be those things but the President must

bend to their will! NOT.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 01:04 PM

28. And I love you, Cha--and all the awesome BOGers!

Long may we reign!

Oh, and I respect the President now more than ever. I see him as the only one who will keep the nation from descending into total chaos. Let us stay strong in our resolve to support and encourage him, in spite of those who would seek to destroy him.

Cheers!



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Response to classof56 (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 08:54 PM

35. Mahalo, classof56.. well said.. President Obama is our Firewall in Chief! And, it's a

great gift that we have him.. because they're are so many haters out there holding their torches high and ptichforks in their other hand.

We shall persevere .. I have no doubt!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 03:12 PM

29. Great thread, Cha.

I needed this and you came through.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 08:57 PM

36. I need it too, brer cat, thank you!

There's still so much good that's happening and all we can do is focus and move forward with our Firewall in Chief!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:52 PM

39. Kick & highly recommended.

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Response to William769 (Reply #39)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:46 PM

40. Mahalo William!

Never too late!

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