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Counterpoint……Why are liberals so condescending?

This from Gerard Alexander @ Washington Post…..

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.

It’s an odd time for liberals to feel smug. But even with Democratic fortunes on the wane, leading liberals insist that they have almost nothing to learn from conservatives. Many Democrats describe their troubles simply as a PR challenge, a combination of conservative misinformation — as when Obama charges that critics of health-care reform are peddling fake fears of a “Bolshevik plot” — and the country’s failure to grasp great liberal accomplishments. “We were so busy just getting stuff done . . . that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are,” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a recent interview. The benighted public is either uncomprehending or deliberately misinformed (by conservatives).

This condescension is part of a liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates over the economy, society and the functions of government — and threatens to do so again today, when dialogue would be more valuable than ever.

Well Gerard….They better start talikng..because to tell you the truth… nobodies listening to them..…The President….. for whom they voted for….screws them every chance he gets…lately leaving them dangling in wind on Healthcare….and moving ahead with the Afghan War……

And the Republican’s have been using their talking points to win elections around the country…even in Democratic states!….

They have no friends……..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Obama’s election did not mean a ‘free for all’ of the left …….

When President Obama won his job…..Liberal and Progressive’s danced in the streets…celebrated and pronounced the GOP Dead on the Arrival……

How wrong they were…….

The Dog shock his head in wonder and amazement at the outpouring of statements by liberal’s and lefty’s about the President and the his policies……

We have watch one by one as the President surprise and then pisses the left and progressives off by moving consistently to the center of policy decisions……

This because the President knows that Americans go about right down the center and tend to lean to the right…not the left……With this in mind the President and Martha Coakley may find out what Jon Corzine and other have…that the Economy…the Healthcare Bill and lousy campaigning are not going bring those same people that voted for the president back to vote democratic…….

And another little secret to consider….. a lot of people gave Obama the nod..because he wasn’t Bush and they properly figured out John McCain would never be a good president……

After tomorrow’s vote what is the president going to do with the Healthcare Bill, The Economy and lousy democratic candidates?

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama's election did not mean a 'free for all' of the left …….

When President Obama won his job…..Liberal and Progressive’s danced in the streets…celebrated and pronounced the GOP Dead on the Arrival……

How wrong they were…….

The Dog shock his head in wonder and amazement at the outpouring of statements by liberal’s and lefty’s about the President and the his policies……

We have watch one by one as the President surprise and then pisses the left and progressives off by moving consistently to the center of policy decisions……

This because the President knows that Americans go about right down the center and tend to lean to the right…not the left……With this in mind the President and Martha Coakley may find out what Jon Corzine and other have…that the Economy…the Healthcare Bill and lousy campaigning are not going bring those same people that voted for the president back to vote democratic…….

And another little secret to consider….. a lot of people gave Obama the nod..because he wasn’t Bush and they properly figured out John McCain would never be a good president……

After tomorrow’s vote what is the president going to do with the Healthcare Bill, The Economy and lousy democratic candidates?

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflection on Liberals and Progressives in the Democratic Party….

This from me on Harold Ford and Kirsten Gillibrand….

I hope he runs and takes every damn vote in the Five boro’s and wipes her butt…then all the liberal and progressives can eat it…just like they did from Obama in Iowa…….

http://politicaldog101.com/2010/…senate-version/

these same people against ford would rather embrace her ……

look at her poll numbers….they are for her…and she’ll take a hit from any Republican…even the mid night cleaner…..

more…….

really the left of the democratic party has to wake up…..minorities got there’s..the presidency….what has the left ever got?

live your political life in moderation….it’s easlier to get thru things that way…….

finally this…..

I’ve been listening to the lefty since the election…they got conned like everyone else…..

at least I know what the president is…and I can live with that and generally support him….

But you gotta get real people………

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy | , , , | Leave a comment

Progressive and Liberal Democrats are getting mad at their President…..

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com…..

In my view, the last two weeks, the swing of Markos/DKos, Howard Dean, MoveOn.org, DFA/PCCC into a more antagonistic activist-based approach has been long overdue. FDL, Glenn Greenwald, David Sirota and others, have been there waiting too; understanding that the politics of the Lieberman/Nelson/Lincoln approach demand that progressives be willing to lose a battle in order to win concessions. RJ Eskew is right: “In a very practical sense the Deans, Hamshers, and Taibbis are accomplishing more than any other progressives to get a better bill.”

This from Huffington …….

The Senate Health Care Bill– Leave No Special Interest Behind:

As we approach the end of Obama’s first year in office, this public subsidizing of private profit is becoming something of a habit. It is, after all, exactly what the White House did with the banks. Just as he did with insurance companies, Obama talked tough to the bankers in public but, when push came to shove, he ended up shoving public money onto their privately-held balance sheets.

This is not just bad policy, it’s bad politics. …There are many reasons for hoping the current Senate bill doesn’t become law. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt. The desperate need to draw a line in the sand against the continued domination of our democracy — and the continued undermining of the public interest — by special interests.

They are not happy at themselves for trusting Obama and sitting bcak….heck they could have read the Dog…I mentioned several times that in the end Barack H. Obama is a Politician..no more…no less…and tht he wanted a bill…that’s all….I put out there he would NOT fight for the ‘Public Option’ anymore than he would fight for anything else….indeed…the guy was out of the country during every key time Reid had a problem in his chamber and Pelosi had a problem in hers……

and the Republicans where dead after Obama’s instaliation as presdient with both house’s in democrat hands????

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

…..more from Armstrong……

Absent bipartisanship, Did Republicans Blunder on HCR? Heck no, they played it to a tee:

… if Republicans had played ball, they would have been in a position to eliminate the public option, demand deficit neutrality, and so forth … but they had Democratic centrists to do that work for them, and they won all those battles, to some extent at least, without having to vote for the final bill. Whereas winning the larger war, over the design of the legislation, was probably beyond their capabilities whatever negotiating strategy they took.

…judged purely as a short-term political strategy designed to derail the legislation, it’s hard to argue with the results. Public opinion has turned dramatically against the bill, and every swing-state Democrat who votes for it is courting political suicide. If you’re an opposition party trying stop a legislative juggernaut, that’s exactly the kind of landscape you want to create: One where your opponents know, as they ponder how to vote, that they might well be choosing between the bill they want to pass and the majority they want to keep.

the last ditch effort  …….

Markos (Daily Kos)

…improve the bill. We’re not done fighting.I have to say there is a fairly big split in the progressive, online community, between those who just want to take a deal, anything, and move on to the next big issue, and those of us who haven’t quit fighting. I have to say, the reason Obama that is now talking about drug re- importation, cheaper drugs from overseas, is because we are continuing to fight.

If you laid down arms, you know what? The Ben Nelsons and Joe Liebermans, they keep extracting concessions. We cannot, at any point, lay down our guns and stop fighting.

Once we have a final bill, and things are set in stone, then we can re-examine that bill. But right now, things can still change. To stop fighting for that change, to me, is patently ridiculous.

Any positive change from here on out is going to be because we keep pushing from the left not because we say, “Good enough. Let’s pass it.”

ah, Good luck fella’s ……..

But you were warned here at the little ole’ Dog……

It was your own fault for believing in the impossible…..Politicans are Politicans…we love some ..hate others…but deep down they are all dog robber’s…..all of them

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Czar issue and Republicans……..

While the political media gets all hot and bothered about the resignation of  Van Jones, the green jobs advisor……….I submit to you, that this is just business as usual  (liberal ‘s would have liked the President to have held on, but why would he waste capital on Jones….who clearly wasn’t  thoroughly vetted in the first place?)

……It is part the normal back and forth warfare that American political parties engage in……..actually, in the last eight months of the Obama administration several staff member’s have already departed……this is normal……

This time around, the President of the United States has decided to make management appointments (putting numerous czar’s, or WH advisors)  that were untouchable by the GOP opposition……when you do this, you create an adversary that lusts for blood, because you have by passed them…..hence the strong pressure from the GOP for these people and their jobs whenever any of them have skeletons in their closets, or if they falter, showing any weakness…

……get used to it people …it’s only going to get worst……..the election was only round one……

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Updates on posts from July………

1) Is Corzine Falling behind?…..(7/29/09) …….

Yep…..but he’s coming back…….( he’s doing a whole better than Deeds)

2) Are the Democrats invincible?……..(7/29/09)……

Nope………as Deeds, Corzine or Patrick

3) The Healthcare vote exposes Democratic fault lines…….(7/30/09)……

Yep……ask the Democratic Liberals and  Progressives

4) New York State still has a Lt. Governor……(7/31/09)…..

Nope…..not no more…an Appellate court ruled against Governor Paterson’s action….

5) The Cash for Clunkers program will probably be back….with more cash…….(7/31.09)

And will be close down again in the morning, a victim of it’s success……with 400,000 + vehicles, exchanged

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Other Things, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A little bit on Obama's drop in the polls and his usage of his popularity to effect change…….

We all know that Healthcare is driving the President’s poll numbers down ( he’s doing all right with the economy, but no one’s looking right now ) …… but I for one, believe that people still believe in Obama personally. Tom Schaller, asks in FiveThirtyEight , how has Obama used his political capital ( or popularity)?…..

Schaller gives four ways that Obama has worked it……..1) Obama has spend his political capital freely…not holding back…..2) Obama has worked it, thinking of the future…..3) Did Obama misjudge the push back on healthcare….thinking it ( the capital/popularity) would negate the opposition…… 4)In spite of  it,  he got mugged……Schaller’s piece is good… and he provides a graphic up front in the piece also……

As for me……For the past nine months I  believe that Obama has been true to his campaign speeches for the Presidency…. Using his capital and popularity to effect change in the basic  sense……he has challenged the status quo in that the congress, political parties and executive branches don’t want to deal with this HUGE issue…

This is what he promised  America to get elected…..and he is in it for the ‘Longhaul’,  and as I posted on August 16th……..also….as I posted on August 13…… this is Politics…and it will be up to Obama to ‘ decide if he goes for the jugular, with the Bluedogs, and Republicans, or dances around the ‘Public Option’  (which Liberals, and Progressives have made a beachhead ) issue’….

Update: A look back at August shows that things wasn’t so bad for Obama, who has swung back up in the polls…………

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A little bit on Obama’s drop in the polls and his usage of his popularity to effect change…….

We all know that Healthcare is driving the President’s poll numbers down ( he’s doing all right with the economy, but no one’s looking right now ) …… but I for one, believe that people still believe in Obama personally. Tom Schaller, asks in FiveThirtyEight , how has Obama used his political capital ( or popularity)?…..

Schaller gives four ways that Obama has worked it……..1) Obama has spend his political capital freely…not holding back…..2) Obama has worked it, thinking of the future…..3) Did Obama misjudge the push back on healthcare….thinking it ( the capital/popularity) would negate the opposition…… 4)In spite of  it,  he got mugged……Schaller’s piece is good… and he provides a graphic up front in the piece also……

As for me……For the past nine months I  believe that Obama has been true to his campaign speeches for the Presidency…. Using his capital and popularity to effect change in the basic  sense……he has challenged the status quo in that the congress, political parties and executive branches don’t want to deal with this HUGE issue…

This is what he promised  America to get elected…..and he is in it for the ‘Longhaul’,  and as I posted on August 16th……..also….as I posted on August 13…… this is Politics…and it will be up to Obama to ‘ decide if he goes for the jugular, with the Bluedogs, and Republicans, or dances around the ‘Public Option’  (which Liberals, and Progressives have made a beachhead ) issue’….

Update: A look back at August shows that things wasn’t so bad for Obama, who has swung back up in the polls…………

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Healthcare bill is on it's way……..

The House Democrats have crafted a compromise (between the blue dogs, the democratic liberals and the Congressional Black Caucus) to get the bill just about finished……It will go to the full House for  passage when the House gets back in September…..slowly but surely……

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment