09
Apr
11

holding the high ground

JM Ashby (Bobcesca.com): ….Politically I believe this is a major victory for President Obama and, to a lesser extent, senate Democrats. Throughout this entire process, the president has been calm, accommodating, reasonable, and very calculated in his framing of the situation. The more defiantly-left among us may not appreciate the president’s hijacking of certain talking-points, but that political-investment strategy has just paid dividends.

…In contrast, Republicans … displayed to the entire nation, with much fanfare, that they were willing to push the government to the brink of shutdown in an effort to achieve their ideological agenda of defunding reproductive healthcare for women…

…President Obama never dispensed so much as a hint that he desired a government shutdown, and that matters, because an even larger battle is ahead of us. President Obama has effectively held the high-ground, and the more political capital he can accumulate before facing the coming Republican ideological crusade, the better chance the rest of us have of not being consumed by it.

Ironically, the reaction to the actions of the leadership of both parties from the far-left and far-right respectively were nearly identical. From the fringes of the spectrum, both parties were accused of “caving” or “selling-out,” but in the world in which most Americans reside, a world in which next week’s paycheck is next week’s meal ticket, such accusations are effectively meaningless. And those Americans are the ones who decide elections.

Claiming that compromise should be out of the question may sound good when hurled from the safety of your armchair, but it’s not an effective way to achieve our long-term goals. You can’t implement your goals if you don’t have the legislative power to do so, and the only way to obtain the legislative power to do so is by winning elections. And you don’t win elections by playing the role of an ideologue when it comes time to deal with your political adversaries.

… if your strategy for regaining that power is to focus on your inadequacies rather than your strengths, then you’re basically just pissing into the wind while your enemies laugh at you and prepare for war.

Full post here

Thank you AnitaW


4 Responses to “holding the high ground”


  1. 1 Sue in Minnesota
    April 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Spot on analysis….and long over do!

  2. 2 africa
    April 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Aah, saner minds. Wow.

    This: “….but in the world in which most Americans reside, a world in which next week’s paycheck is next week’s meal ticket, such accusations are effectively meaningless. And those Americans are the ones who decide elections.”

    Spoken truth to power. Those people like my sister, who work for the federal government or like my family, who depends on a disability check to put food on the table and pay the rent, this was a welcome reprieve.

    While the armchair quarterbacks, from the confines of their high chairs, froth about the failures of this president, they don’t have my ear and I could care less about their empty rhetorics.

    This article is spot on. We live in the real world. We do, and we vote.

    • 3 AnitaW
      April 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      You’re exactly right. We live in the real world where every paycheck counts. I know there are a lot of government employees who stayed up all night to see the results of this budget battle. To them this was not caving, but rather negotiating. Seriously, thank goodness we have President Obama.

  3. 4 Asher in Boston
    April 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I have never been more prouder of my President. Always the only adult in the room among the nuts.


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