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Will Obama Ever Play Hardball?
The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2014 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 01/29/2014 4:48:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The executive order stuff was good, but Obama didn't go at the GOP in the way he should have.

Was that really only the sixth Obama State of the Union address? Because somehow after watching this one, I felt I’d seen at least eight or nine and made the same complaint every time.

It was...fine. There were moments, a few moments, where it was better than fine. The Obamacare section came across to me as the most spirited, the one part where he dropped the guarded formality that characterizes his approach to SOTU addresses and talked a little bit, just a little bit, of street talk: “Let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda. The first forty were plenty. We got it.”

That was sort of a throw-down. At least it had to make Republicans feel pissed off. And that’s always what I want Obama to do at these speeches. Here’s the most obstructed president in the modern history of the country. (Yes, there’s no serious disputing this.) His approval numbers are down, dragged down by the opposition party, which does everything it can to make sure there will be no economic recovery while he’s president. He’s got three years left, three years during which he stands only one remote shot of getting anything positive done—have the Democrats win back the House this November. If that doesn’t happen, with the party simultaneously holding the Senate, then pffft....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; inequalitygodzilla; obama; obamacare; obamalies; sotu; stateoftheunion

1 posted on 01/29/2014 4:48:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Half Truths??

Sounds generous.

2 posted on 01/29/2014 4:52:35 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excuse me, but regarding the metaphor.....have any of these idiots seen what a Pansy-Boy Obama looks like throwing a baseball?


3 posted on 01/29/2014 4:53:00 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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4 posted on 01/29/2014 4:53:34 PM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My eyes glazed over as soon as she said - " America is by far better positioned to enter the 21st century than any other nation in the world" -

Oh really? 17 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities? 30 million Americans out of work? 56 million American tots in abortion dumpsters? Hmmm. Whatever he's chooming - I want a toke

5 posted on 01/29/2014 4:54:52 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Michael.SF.

The author is one of those useful idiots that gets executed first.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 4:56:34 PM PST by glorgau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Damn, I didn't know the Republicans were that good.

Seriously, have all these Democrats forgotten that Bill Clinton figured out how to govern with a Republican Congress for six years of his term? He did it by crafting real compromises. It can't be done by a snarky, insulting jerk throwing down ultimatums.

7 posted on 01/29/2014 4:59:38 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No, never. As long as the GOPe keeps playing T-ball, Ωbamα will never need to play hardball.
8 posted on 01/29/2014 5:01:49 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: glorgau

Hardball? O’Bummer rammed through socialized medicine and homosexual marriage. Two of most devastating body blows to the Republic in many years.

How much more hardball can you get?


9 posted on 01/29/2014 5:03:02 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn

“How much more hardball can you get?”

The left will not be satisfied until all Conservatives are disarmed and loaded into freight cars for a “Final Solution”.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 5:06:16 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
His approval numbers are down, dragged down by the opposition party,

Really...I never know the GOP passed Obamacare / S...because that's what is dragging his numbers down...

which does everything it can to make sure there will be no economic recovery

Wow.. this guy is delusional

11 posted on 01/29/2014 5:06:27 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now, this is the kind of article I find hysterically funny. Tomasky is a hardcore leftist who would rather the country be more like the old Soviet Union than a totally free-market one. So he’s upset that Republicans are “obstructing” Obama in his attempt to get the country moving economically speaking. These dopes don’t want an economic recovery. They want to see capitalism destroyed. And they’re doing a great job. So Tomasky and his ilk should be happy.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 5:12:02 PM PST by driftless2
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To: 230FMJ

With the help of RINOs, of course.


13 posted on 01/29/2014 5:18:14 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn
How much more hardball can you get?

Respectfully, to name just a few off the top of my head:
- what he has done and is doing to our military;
- his political appointments together with longer term judicial appointments, the vast majority of which are fellow travelers;
- his intentional bankruptcy of our free market economy;
- his misuse of the EPA;
- anti-American "transformation" things we must assume he has done that we do not yet know about (see generally, the praise and adoration of the CPUSA in this regard).

14 posted on 01/29/2014 5:19:53 PM PST by frog in a pot (We are all "frogs in a pot" now. How and when will we real Americans jump out?)
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To: frog in a pot

Good list.

Apart from drones and the NSA, just about everything about O’Bummer is hardball and leftist. We should not be surprised. He was one of the most liberal Senators in Congress (top 10 percent) and yet the blithering idiots still voted for him.


15 posted on 01/29/2014 5:26:48 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only death squads, FEMA camps, and torture chambers will satiate the authoritarian Leftist.
A lot of these Leftists don’t realize it yet, but if they get their wish, they will end up like Robespierre and Trotsky.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 5:31:27 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
His approval numbers are down, dragged down by the opposition party, which does everything it can to make sure there will be no economic recovery while he’s president.

If dumBO is so good, how is it he suffers low approval? Fox News and Rush do not have the influence to counter the bully pulpit and the left wing propaganda machines of the slime stream media. zerO suffers low approval because his policies are not approved of. 2+2 is 4, not 5, no matter how often Bolshies say it.

17 posted on 01/29/2014 5:35:34 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m still waiting for the pony he promised me in his first speech.


18 posted on 01/29/2014 6:04:39 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama and the democrats openly mocked and laughed at the rest of America in the lie-fest of SoU. You are either with them or believe in the constitution and the declaration , Period!


19 posted on 01/29/2014 6:50:08 PM PST by Mike22patriot (Just my opinion)
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To: colorado tanker
Seriously, have all these Democrats forgotten that Bill Clinton figured out how to govern with a Republican Congress for six years of his term? He did it by crafting real compromises. It can't be done by a snarky, insulting jerk throwing down ultimatums.

And Clinton was even America's first black president!

20 posted on 01/29/2014 8:47:51 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha! He plays hardball with conservatives and military. The rest he loves to death.


21 posted on 01/29/2014 9:15:35 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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