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Obama to GOP: Bring it on
The Hill ^ | 7/4/2014 | Justin Sink

Posted on 07/04/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT by markomalley

President Obama is embracing Republican criticism of his aggressive use of executive actions as he shifts his focus to the midterm elections.

The president is openly daring the GOP to challenge him, hoping he can parlay their complaints into ammunition for congressional Democrats who argue Republicans should be blamed for Washington’s dysfunction.

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Democratic aides and strategists say the White House sees Speaker John Boehner’s promised lawsuit against his executive actions as a political gift because it dovetails with their preferred narrative, that the president has been acting where Congress has not. 

“So sue me,” Obama said Tuesday of the lawsuit threat.

While Boehner’s lawsuit is meant to rally the GOP base, Democrats think the issue will help their party with its base and independent voters.

“Every time the Republicans attack the president for his executive actions, they are reminding the American people that unlike congressional Republicans, he is actually doing something to help them,” said senior presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer.

While Republicans are using those stories to motivate their base, Obama hopes to show he’s trying to take action to improve the livelihoods of the middle class.

It’s not just the lawsuit that Obama is embracing as a gift.

The White House sees the Supreme Court’s decision to throw out ObamaCare’s contraception mandate as another political boon that could help Democrats increase their turnout in the fall.

The administration has taken various steps to highlight the High Court’s ruling as an assault on women and tie it to Republicans. On Thursday, Organizing for Action — the pro-Obama group born from the president's reelection campaign — took the unusual step of tweeting a photo of a birth control ad.

The ad, which read “Talk to your doctor about Birth Control and find out if it’s right for you,” had the word doctor crossed out and replaced with the word “boss.”


Democrats say Senate candidates in vulnerable races can use the ruling to argue to women that it’s essential to vote this midterm, since the upper chamber is tasked with approving nominees to the Supreme Court.

The White House has also been bolstered by a string of strong jobs reports capped by Thursday’s announcement that the economy added 288,000 jobs in June.

That led Obama to take an unscheduled trip out of the White House to visit a tech startup hub in Washington and tout the encouraging report. 

“We have not seen more consistent job growth since the ‘90s," Obama bragged. "But we can make even more progress if Congress is willing to work with my administration and to set politics aside — at least occasionally —  which I know is what the American people are urgently looking for.”

And Obama hopes to take advantage of the GOP’s pursuit of several scandals, including the IRS and Benghazi controversies, to portray Republicans as being focused on the wrong things.

Obama’s willingness to engage with Boehner on the lawsuit is only the latest sign that he’s pivoted squarely into campaign mode.

Last week, Obama travelled to Minnesota for a series of campaign-style events, including a town hall question-and-answer session and surprise visits to an ice cream parlor, gourmet food store, and local bar.

“They understand the more he’s locked in the Rose Garden and the visible responsibilities of the office, the more he’s going to be associated with the bad feelings toward Washington,” said Democratic strategist Tad Devine. “Getting him into those venues is a smart move, it reminds people of what they like about him.”

To be sure, the White House remains worried about Obama’s anemic poll numbers. A Gallup poll released earlier this week showed Obama’s approval rating at just 40 percent.

For Obama to be a “non-factor in the midterm,” the White House needs numbers to be “into the high 40s,” the strategist said.

“Which is achievable, but hard - we don't have a whole lot of time, and there aren't a lot of legislative pathways to show momentum.”

A stronger economy, a more focused messaging campaign and a president who is out and about could help bolster those figures, the White House believes.

Casting the GOP as an effective foil would also help.

Obama has at times backed away from more aggressively attacking Republicans, in part out of hope that there could be movement on immigration reform.

That strategy has now been abandoned, and Obama is taking the GOP on more aggressively.

On Monday, he vowed to act unilaterally on immigration, blaming “the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill.”

Attacking the GOP has also helped Obama escape blame for his role in the dysfunction. 

Obama’s “so sue me” comments came at an event to promote a transportation bill to fund the rapidly depleting Highway Trust Fund. Without Obama’s comments about the lawsuit, more attention might have been placed on Senate Democrats’ struggles to craft a bill.

Instead, headlines from the event screamed of the president's defiant challenge of Boehner.

The suit also gives expanded credibility to the president's executive actions, which had been largely dismissed as small-ball and ineffective at motivating voters. 

“This, things like Benghazi are going to be a classic issue like impeachment was in the Clinton Era, where Republicans overplay their hand and suffer politically for it,” Devine said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44
And the GOPe will quake in their boots and collapse.
1 posted on 07/04/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“And the GOP will quake in their boots and collapse.”

Apparently can’t cope with the Progressive, macho-man, bully- boy tactics.

(And a large part of the electorate absolutely loves it.)

IMHO


2 posted on 07/04/2014 4:43:08 AM PDT by ripley
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To: markomalley

“So sue me.”

A whole lotta forum shopping will be going on if they do.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 4:59:57 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Spoken like a true thug.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 5:13:43 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: markomalley
No, the Republicans won't "overplay their hand". The 'pubs will set up committees, they'll initiate lawsuits, they'll whine to the press.

But they'll keep funding the administration's executive orders and wasted spending, behind the scenes they'll enable even support the DC corrupt crowd, they won't actually DO anything.

How many times did we hear Obamacare was a campaign issue for the future? Then we heard we can't totally get rid of it, we need a better way for DC to conrol our bodies. Then we find out DC Republicans are paid by interests that profit from Obamacare.

No, the 'pubs don't "overplay their hand". Even when they're give four aces, they fold.

5 posted on 07/04/2014 5:21:08 AM PDT by grania
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To: All

The DNC is also falling in line-—to do otherwise would risk the wrath of der leader.

Lock-stepping loyalty is the order of the day.

The world hasn’t seen this type of party loyalty since 1930-40’s era Europe.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 5:22:58 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: markomalley

Judging by recent polls, Americans aren’t buying what he’s selling. A successful revolution requires a sense of inevitability. That feeling is rapidly disappearing. Americans now see Obama as a failed president.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 5:30:20 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: All
Obama just approved some nifty DNC ads to exploit the USSC b/c decision.

Doing her coitus-interruptus routine, Sandra Fluke pontificates about the Repubs "war on womyn."

"I want to thank all my sex partners for taking time out so I can be here today."

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Texas Democrat, and abortion worshipper, Wendy Davis is making an
appealing advert, assertively warning guys what could happen if they
dared approach womyn w/ an unsheathed penis.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 5:32:43 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: markomalley
“So sue me”

Imagine the wailing and moaning from the "news" media if a Repub Prez said that!

This is what we will be up against this November, where the Dems and their propaganda arm fear the loss of the Senate, and in 2016, where they might lose the Presidency.

9 posted on 07/04/2014 5:34:14 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley

Obama sits back....waits for a crisis...or causes one...and then blames his political opponents. It’s how he runs the Presidency. Sometimes he does win the politics of the situation with that strategy, but he never ever accomplishes anything, fixes anything, or prevents anything.

The House has passed plenty of Bills, the Senate has taken up very few of them, and Obama has signed less then 13 of them into Law. The Dems refuse to negotiate on anything and then use their bully-pulpit to accuse the GOP of refusing to negotiate on anything. It perhaps is good politics for the Dems, but again this accomplishes absolutely nothing.

Nothing would make Obama happier to see violence break out with this immigration debacle going on so he could take center stage and act like a cool cucumber....even though he is the one causing the entire situation. The guy is a dirt bag.

Uhggg!! I can’t wait for Obama and his band of criminal cronies to hit the road in a couple of years. They are just awful leaders, but more to the point they are awful people.


10 posted on 07/04/2014 5:39:36 AM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: Mustangman

Too bad “birth control” wasn’t more popular when his mother was pregnant.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 5:42:08 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

Faux fighting for the masses. No blood, no foul, no fight. Kabuki theater/hollywood production. The rhetoric of retrogressives.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 5:44:55 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: markomalley
Obama hopes to show he’s trying to take action to improve the livelihoods of the middle class.

Proving this to be laughable - that in fact Obama has made American middle class lives a magnitude worse - should be like shooting fish in a barrel. Even with an Obama *ss-kissing news media.

The price of food, gas, taxes, health care, race relations at home; the threat of war and terrorism and loss of prestige abroad, by EVERY MEASURE we are far worse off. The GOP disgusts me with their timidity.

13 posted on 07/04/2014 5:46:00 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: markomalley

Did Obama get permission from Bayer to use their and destroy their copyrighted advertisement?


14 posted on 07/04/2014 5:47:41 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Mustangman

” but he never ever accomplishes anything, fixes anything, or prevents anything.”

I beg to differ. He is accomplishing EXACTLY what he wants to accomplish.

Destruction of America and principles.

No one could sit in the pew listening to Rev Wright for 20 years and not agree wtih all of the America hating rhetoric he spewed.

Zero is making it happen.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("911 is for when the backhoe won't start." JRandomFreeper)
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To: markomalley
markomalley:" And the GOPe will quake in their boots and collapse."

While what is said about the GOPe is true , Obama the narcissist has mis-identified the culprit.
The enemy is not the GOPe , rather it is "We the People "
To Progressive / Communists their philosophy of Socialism becomes their religion which governs their thoughts, and core values ( ie.: OCCUPY )
They are Socialists first , and Americans as an after thought. They beleive that all rights are delegated by the State (Government)
"We the People" believe in the Constitution, the 'Founding Fathers' , and we beleive in Freedom, and freedom of choice,
and we believe in God, American exceptionalism , and inalienable rights given to us by God , not by government.
The Democrat Party philosophy was never more evident than at the Democrat convention when the mention of God was booed by a majority of those present.
The Republican Party has left most of us behind in their enthusiasm to embrace compromise and mediocrity, and have become more like the Democrat Party.
The only alternative representation for "God-fearing people " is the TEA Party which reflects the majority of "We the People".
Obama , your fight is not with the GOPe .. it is with God !

16 posted on 07/04/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: markomalley

17 posted on 07/04/2014 5:55:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Liz
warning guys what could happen if they dared approach womyn w/ an unsheathed penis.

Where would guys find one?

At a dyke bar?

A NOW hen coop?

A DNC Convention?

A Hillary book signing?


18 posted on 07/04/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: GOPJ; Jane Long; Tennessee Nana; The Mayor; Sun; NYer; Grampa Dave; sickoflibs; South40; ...
ONE FOR THE BOOKS For the first time in American history, an abortion-worshipping president engaged in the Planned Parenthood practice of genital-sniffing. "Organizing for Action" — the pro-Obama group born from the president's reelection campaign - actually tweeted birth control advice to anxious woman experiencing crotch-itch.

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TALKING POINTS The propaganda machine for Obama grinds on.

The presidential election had ended, but Barack Obama’s propaganda campaign continued, utilizing a tax-exempt nonprofit organization...."Organizing for Action."

Not content with a loyal, compliant and supportive media, in lock-step w/ his goals, this group encourages support of the president’s agenda while ruthlessly targeting and criticizing all opposition in its path.

Organized under a 501(c)(4) social and nonprofit label, “Organizing for Action” will attempt to influence public sentiment concerning issues in preparation for the 2014 congressional elections.....and beyond.

The ruthless group utilize a multimillion-dollar budget, character assassination and threats, to intimidate all who oppose or criticize Obama’s policies.

To dare criticize incurs slander and accusations and name-calling, such as "being out of the mainstream," tarring critics as "radicals, extremists, right-wing ideologues without heart for the underprivileged."

"Organizing for Action" will embody the same rules criticized by Obama during the 2012 campaign. Yet, unlike so-called Super Pacs, his group isn’t required to disclose contributors....a nice perk he allowed himself

Keep in mind, this permits unlimited donations by corporations, lobbyists and those seeking influence or favorable consideration on matters like the shady money-laundering operations of Solyndra.

Anyone raising or contributing $500,000 will have guaranteed access to the president. Many consider this “selling the presidency,” and even some liberals are critical.

While claiming to be non-political, "Organizing for Action's' chief goal is to destroy the Republican Party, the Tea Party, conservatives.....anyone who dares oppose the "transformation" of America.

The WH Chicago political kingpins are in deep---the same individuals who ran Obama’s re-election campaign, Jim Messina, David Axelrod and David Plouffe.

Americans are being forced to endure years of Obama's perpetual campaigning, political arrogance and lack of leadership while unsolved national problems affecting ourselves and our children’s and grandchildren’s futures remain untouched.

19 posted on 07/04/2014 6:02:57 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Iron Munro

In the all-girl State Dept?

LOL


20 posted on 07/04/2014 6:05:11 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: jeffc
Imagine the wailing and moaning from the "news" media if a Repub Prez said that!

I recall the media meltdown, and the gasps of outrage, when W told the terrorists, "Bring it on."

21 posted on 07/04/2014 6:14:56 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: markomalley
If the regime can change the agenda from IRS dogs eating homework to 65k illegals invading Murrieta CA, to Boehener will sue the poor black guy they will do it in a heartbeat and we always play into their hands!It's as if we don't know what politics are all about. And.... we don't!!!
22 posted on 07/04/2014 6:47:07 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Mustangman
....Nothing would make Obama happier to see violence break out with this immigration debacle going on so he could take center stage and act like a cool cucumber....even though he is the one causing the entire situation. The guy is a dirt bag.

You got it. This is what its all about. If not Martial Law then a shorter version thereof. It's where the game begins for them. They can then change the venue of a dozen scandals all of which should lead to impeachment and instead just go after us as they are so adept at doing. And guess who will facilitate all this? If you said drivebymedia(DBM) pass go and collect....

23 posted on 07/04/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: markomalley
"Obama is embracing Republican criticism of his aggressive use of executive actions"

One man's "embracing criticism" is another man's child's petulant tantrum. Only the true believers consider this to be "Presidential".

24 posted on 07/04/2014 6:53:53 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones)
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To: Liz

Why any man would want to have sex with these womyn is a mystery.


25 posted on 07/04/2014 7:08:50 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: markomalley

When “she” pays for her medical care she can talk about what it provides. Liberals are idiots in that they always want to demand what others provide them instead of providing for themselves.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 7:10:12 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Liz
"Organizing for Action" will embody the same rules criticized by Obama during the 2012 campaign. Yet, unlike so-called Super Pacs, his group isn’t required to disclose contributors....a nice perk he allowed himself...

Anyone raising or contributing $500,000 will have guaranteed access to the president. Many consider this “selling the presidency,” and even some liberals are critical.

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Obama's new slogan:

"Government BY Corrupt Liberal Elites For Corrupt Liberal Elites..."

27 posted on 07/04/2014 7:54:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: markomalley

While Boehner’s lawsuit is meant to rally the GOP base

Talking heads are so funny.


28 posted on 07/04/2014 8:44:24 AM PDT by sheana
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To: markomalley

Spot on accurate assessment. They will huff and puff and slither away like cowards. If I were obama I would do whatever I wanted too as there is no push back from anyone currently and the Republicans, LOL! They are scared of their own shadow of being called racist or worse by the White House state run media. Pity, the damned fools are called that anyway and still re-coat that yellow streak down their backs.

They would rather die on their knees for the scraps the democrats toss them. I would be ashamed if I were one of these R creatures to go home to my family and pretend to be a man. They are utterly beyond contempt.


29 posted on 07/04/2014 8:49:12 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: markomalley
If the GOP had any brains, they'd have commercials out stating that they've passed X, Y, and Z policies that would help the American people, but the Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama are blocking that legislation. But, the GOP doesn't have any brains, so this won't happen and they'll once again be on defense.
30 posted on 07/04/2014 11:42:34 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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