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It's that combination of "but he's the president" naivete and demands for radical change to be imposed by people who are, at best, mild reformers on a public that has elected people like Nelson and Lieberman and Coburn to high office that strikes me as peculiarly deluded.

You asked "what could he have done?" I answered with a plan that could have worked, if he had been willing to break legs, bust kneecaps and generally behave like he meant business. He could have lost. If you initiate an institutional crisis, you run the risk of losing. But he could also have won, which is a better prospect than what we're getting now.

Your answer: "But he doesn't want to do that."

The Americans call that "shifting the goalposts." The question wasn't "what could he have done that would not have shaken him out of his cozy Beltway comfort zone?" Because if you accept the cozy Beltway comfort zone as the limit of any legislative agenda, then the US is going to keep going rightward.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 02:59:39 PM EST
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