It's no wonder Obama is winning the PR war here. Just contrast Obama's and Boehner's press conferences last night. Obama, for every question, gave detailed, substantive answers. You can argue his logic, you can argue with his principles, but he certainly is not out of his depth intellectually. Boehner on the other hand, just gave cookie cutter talking point after cookie cutter talking point. You could agree with him, you could oppose Obama, but he is clearly not on the same level intellectually...or if he is, he's afraid to show it and dumbs himself down to appeal to certain constituencies.
At this point the man should just tattoo "No job-crushing tax hikes for the American people" on his forehead so he doesn't have to speak anymore.
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However, it is quite obviously, he is acting as the mediator here, at least from the liberal side. I am surprised that people can look past this fact and declare he is not living up to his role.
It seems to me that the party that doesn't hold the White House is always the one talking about the Constitution and limiting the power of the President. Until they're back in power. Just watch. All you guys will be remarkably quiet when someone with an (R) after his name comes in and starts expanding the power of the Oval Office.
Or did you suddenly get religion in '08? Now we must balance the budget (because the President is a Democrat), and now we must curtail the power of the Presidency and repect the Constitution (because the President is a Democrat).
You guys will have power again, and you will be defending his disrespect of the Constitution.
And Obama needs to call on Congress to get this issue resolved. Pointing out that fact doesn't mean he's acting with arrogance.
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Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
As for the discussion on the Constitution, if you would like, I can point you to at least one, if not several, threads where liberals are arguing that the Constitution is virtually limitless in authorizing the Federal Government to act. Are you saying that modern liberals don't believe that? If so, please show us evidence of that.
It would be nice if these things could be solved without all of the stupid partisan finger pointing. Perhaps that will eventually be our undoing, and perhaps that needs to happen for both sides to open their eyes and realize that petty partisan bickering accomplishes absolutely nothing.