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“Bold Progressives” get threatening with their preemptive whinging

Yesterday I wrote about the tactic of “preemptive whinging” from those on the left who struggle to find anything about President Obama and his administration that they like.

The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), aka “bold progresives”, has taken this to the next level. They are now threatening the President if he does something he has said he wouldn’t do in the past and has given no tangible signal that he will do in the past. They have an online petition with the following language:

President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012.
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Preemptive whinging is the new norm for the “professional left”

I’ll say right off the bat that I absolutely hate the term “professional left”. But it will suffice as a descriptor for those on the liberal side of the coin that seem to be able to find pretty much nothing about the Obama administration that they can approve of.

And when they don’t have anything to get upset about, that’s no problem. They just invent something. Here’s the playbook for your reference:

  1. Read the day’s headlines.
  2. Determine a spin that characterizes the President and his administration in the worst possible light.
  3. If such a spin does not exist, postulate what the President and his administration’s response will be.

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As the lefty commentator Chicken Littles run around, President Obama piles up the wins

Oh. My. Lord.

To read the lefty pundits today, you would think that President Obama had changed parties overnight, handed over the keys to the Oval Office to the resurrected body of Ronald Reagan, and hitchhiked back to his hometown in Kenya/Moscow. After stepping in and helping to broker a deal to keep the government from shutting down, something members of Congress appeared unable to do without his intervention, we are now being told by these Chicken Littles that he gave away the farm and the Democrats are sure to lose everything.

Funny thing is, according to a CNN poll out today, Americans think what he did was pretty danged awesome and they credit the Democrats with averting a shutdown, not the Republicans.…

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It’s not that Sarah Palin is a birther…

It’s not that Sarah Palin is a birther, not that she’d admit in public anyway. It’s that she thinks President Obama is a liar. And she’s cheering on The Donald from the sidelines for resurrecting questions about the mythical Obama birth certificate.

I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper. But obviously there is something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate, that he sees going to great lengths to make sure it isn’t shown. And that’s perplexing for a lot of people,” Palin told Judge Jeanine on Sunday.…
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Can the GOP win in a hostage situation without vulnerable hostages?

Last December the Republicans in Congress held unemployed Americans hostage in order to secure tax breaks for the nation’s über-wealthy. It was a strategy that worked because Democrats, including President Obama, were unwilling to sacrifice the welfare of our most-vulnerable citizens simply to win a political battle.

Once again the country finds the GOP in a hostage-taking situation. In order to exact draconian, harmful cuts to the budget, they are turning away from big ticket items like defense and away from bringing more revenue into the national coffers by raising taxes on the rich and on corporations that exploit huge tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share (or anything in the case of General Electric!) Their threat is that they will shut down government until they get their way.…

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Why on EARTH would we elect an insane man like Obama to be President?

Motley Moose …

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Unemployment at 2-year low

You know, if this keeps up, Barack Obama is going to end up getting reelected in 2012.

The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began.

The Labor Department says the economy added 216,000 new jobs last month, offsetting layoffs of local governments. Factories, retailers, education, health care and an array of professional and financial services expanded payrolls.

Private employers, the backbone of the economy, drove nearly all of the gains. They added 230,000 jobs last month, on top of 240,000 in February.

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Josh Marshall steps up and steps in it

Normally I really enjoy Talking Points Memo bit this piece from Josh Marshall is, in my opinion, just laughable in how full of wrong it is regarding the U.S.A.’s response to the situation in Libya.

At the end of last week I couldn’t help tweeting that everything I was seeing in Libya was bringing out my inner foreign policy Realist. And everything I’ve seen this weekend has confirmed me in that view. Indeed, there are so many reasons this strikes me as a bad idea I really hardly know where to start. So let me focus on the three biggest.

~SNIP~

No clear national or even humanitarian interest for military intervention.

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President Obama will push for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

When I was a kid, my mom was an ardent feminist and fought hard for women’s rights. We attended rallies, she lobbied her members of Congress, and she was vocally outspoken about it. One of the buttons she wore on her purse was a simple forest green button with a simple white “59¢” it. The “59¢” represented the amount of money that women made, on average, for every dollar a man made doing the same job.

Today, 30 years later, that amount is about 77&cent”.

There is a law that Democrats have been trying to pass for quite some time that would change that.…

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Hitting the soft spot of “True Liberals”

I kinda felt bad for my wife last night. She was reading through the comments on the Daily Kos version of yesterday’s blog This whole “Teach Obama a Lesson” thing is working so perfectly, isn’t it? and was really upset at all the very nasty things people were saying about me. I really should have worn the Hazardous Conditions Flash Suit there on the right, graciously provided to me by a friend. My wife, more than anyone else on the planet, knows that I am one of the most progressive liberal people you are likely to meet. But she also knows I’m all about making actual progress.…

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