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March 22nd, 2010
12:09 am
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Upping the Ante: Repeal Hyde
In one of skzb's books, a general inspires an army in a difficult position to greatness by tossing an artifact of the empire into the midst of the enemy camp and pointing out that the honor of the army stands or falls on whether they recover it. President Obama may realize it or not, but that's exactly what he's done with the despicable executive order he signed to secure Stupak and his followers.

His rationale is that Health Care Reform wasn't the vehicle to overturn Hyde. Well and good, but his honor -- his suitability to remain President -- stands or falls on whether he provides a proper vehicle to overturn Hyde.

There are no acceptable excuses. Democrats hold a majority of both houses. If the problem is that there are anti-choice Democrats, then each and every one of them need to face primary challengers. President Obama needs to be front and center stumping for each and every one of those primary challengers.

This isn't all on him: no President can act alone. Mr. Reid and Ms. Pelosi are on the spot as well. Between the tree of them, being an anti-choice Democrat must become a toxic position to hold in DC. The sort of position that no sane congrsscritter would hold because one simply can't get anything done if one bangs that drum.

The DNC is also on the hook: The party needs to behind pro-choice candidates.

I've said for three years now that the big reason to elect Obama over any Republican is that we're more likely to get somewhere pushing on him than pushing on any Republican. It's time to push. Write to him, write to your congesscritter:

Repeal Hyde.

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Date:March 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. I shall henceforth call it:

The change in tide that saved Hyde.

I think a lot of the problem is giant party politics. Issues that are readily dealt with outside party electioneering are lightning rods inside two-party politics. Long response over in my journal. The short of it is that there are many schismatic issues I have discussed with people over the years where an approach completely off the two-party tug-of-war strikes everyone but the party-line extremists as the way to go. The extremists are too caught up in the symbols of the fight to realize a solution completely outside the symbolic realm that empowers and emboldens them (as victims or victors).
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Date:March 23rd, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
It is said that no plan ever survives contact with the enemy. I think a corollary in politics must be that no good intentions of a candidate ever survive election. I really believe that Candidate Obama had very definite ideas of how he wanted to address Hyde, health care reform, DADT, etc. And then he won the election at it all seemed to vanish overnight. I understand the need for compromise that was required to pass HCR Sunday, but the bribery behind some of the votes diminishes not only everyone involved but the final product.

I am sorry, my friend, but I see very little honour left in either the President or Congress. I hope for all our sakes I am proven wrong.
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