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msnbc.com headline: "Pelosi's new mission: Block Obama deals with GOP — Some in Dem ranks fear president will go too far in accommodating GOP following the midterms."

I suppose it's a measure of something that the powers that be decided the left needs a little kabuki about supposedly pushing back on Obama's conservatism, even if it's dishonestly couched as capitulation.

In the reality-based world, Chris Floyd has no truck with the myth of Obama as a lefty who must be dissuaded from "accommodating" the right:

Barack Obama is already one of the most right-wing presidents we’ve ever had, building upon and expanding virtually every pernicious policy of his oligarchic predecessor.
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Submitted by nycweboy on

to act in a politically creative manner, he'd turn around and make the next few years a referendum within the Democrats on rejecting Nanacy Pelosi. Not only because she'll be a useless "doorstop" to getting anything done in DC, but because, as House Dems seem too afraid to admit, running against Pelosi is actually working as an election tactic. The reality, I suspect, is that Obama, along with most of DC's Dem establishment is in no position to challenge Pelosi's chokehold on power within the party - he does, after all, owe a lot of his ability to force himself into the Presidential race over Hillary Clinton to the fact that Pelosi was his most powerful backer in that fight... a fact which many people seem far too ignorant of, or too willing to just ignore.

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Submitted by vastleft on

would be Obama's desired policy output from such "creativity"? What is it Obama wants "done" that he's failed to consumate, and is that anything devoutly to be wished for?