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November 19, 2013

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AnneJ

I would hate to think that because he is no longer running for president, that he thinks he can just wait things out. I would especially hate to think after almost five years, he still hasn't figured out this hostile opposition party and their zero intention of cutting him any slack whatsoever, let alone working with him. What about next year's mid-terms? If he has even a shadow of a hope about getting anything done in his second term, it's going to take democrats keeping the senate and re-taking the house. Does he not see that? He doesn't strike me as the type of person who doesn't see that, but the lack of action IS troubling. He has so much that he can harp on republicans about, why not deflect the attention to the fact that no jobs bills have been passed? Or how much the republicans want to further afflict the afflicted and further comfort the comfortable in these times of scarcity? There is a lot that can be said, there are so many positions where he can stand strong even if no actual policy gets passed at least the public will know WHY nothing is getting done. And in no uncertain terms who is responsible for nothing getting done. He always seemed to have a pattern of this that I've always noticed ever since he ran in 2008. He gets into some kind of trouble, or is trailing in the polls and appears to be doing nothing about it, and then boom- he comes out swinging again and wins. I haven't seen him get back up yet and I'm starting to worry.

Peter G

It may appear passive but it is also about the only rational course. It didn't take nearly as long as I thought for this to fade. Already media attention is turning away from ACA to other issues. Barring the usual dead equine floggers of course. As Hayes said, the only way to deal with it is to go through. And I see little to be gained from the president to keep brining up a subject like this until the website is fixed. The only way to get back approval brownie points is to fix the problem and not the blame.

PM

Peter I think the Website issues--Obama's pointing out that they're hardly Katrina and fed call centers are availiable--would be a very minor component of an offensive tack. Why is there no jobs legislation? Because of Republicans. Why is there no immigration reform? Because of Republicans. Why are critical judicial nominations killed? Because of Republicans. When Senate Republicans aren't blocking progress, House Republicans are sitting on it. Want to know why America has stalled? Look to the Republicans. Obama should be hammering that simple message over and over and over, daily.

Peter G

Absolutely PM. The Republicans are vulnerable on a huge host of issues. They need a focus of public anger to distract from these issues. I merely counsel that the administration not keep the ACA implementation disaster front and center by publicly debating every nuance of it. I don't think, either, that it is possible for the White House to direct public attention to those other issues because I think it appears contrived to distract. Those other points of contention must emerge into the limelight organically, if you will. With perhaps a little Democratic baiting. I mean how hard is it to get a Republican to say something stupid in public on any issue? I apologize for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. His antics have surely displaced something an American conservative might otherwise have made today's topic of stupidity.

priscianusjr

Come to think of it, Rob Ford's a conservative too.

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