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#1 One of the things I find most annoying about Champ -- and the list is long-- is his presumption that he's the only president in history who has had to work against serious opposition. The problem is not that the opposition exists (in fact the existence of opposition is at the core of our democratic process); the problem is that Champ has such a lofty assessment of his own role in the scheme of things that he regards attempting to forge a compromise as beneath him. Why must the Emperor be constrained by lowly Republican congressmen who were mostly elected from fly-over districts?
Compare and contrast: in WW2 Eisenhower (whom Champ no doubt considers a real dumb-ass) had to work with a cluster of such humble, self-effacing, and unopinionated individuals as Montgomery, Churchill, Patton, and DeGaulle. But Ike found a way and won complete victory on the Western Front. Champ can't even strike a deal with John Boehner, and there's no reason to believe that his hypothetical second term will be any different. Hence, his resort to "extra-Constitutional" measures such as the Dream Act-lite.
Posted by Matt 2012-07-08 17:56||
#2 Ditto that Matt. I like your Ike comparison. He was one of the most popular presidents also. He had a marvelous contagious smile. He never talked down to people.
Posted by Dale 2012-07-08 19:09||