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pr -- I would have to respectfully disagree with you...especially your comment about "Obama's phony change". Do you not believe that the country has made incremental change for the better in a whole host of social and economic issues under the Obama presidency? Yes, it could have been better except for the Republicans openly sabotaging his presidency by saying "no" to everything...more out of spite and racial prejudice than having a coherent alternative. Through unprecedented use of the filibuster and the Hastert Rule, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have sought to undermine President Obama on everything, including filibustering his Jobs Act. Their strategy was to make life difficult for ordinary Americans and then blame Obama again and again. Fox News led the way and the rest of the mainstream media followed.
Judging by your comments, I would say that the Republican strategy has worked very well...perhaps too well as they are now seeing with the Donald Trump candidacy.
Schmidt - Obama made a lot of promises but then he just forgot most of them. He has bended over backwards to get along with the Republicans instead of hitting them as hard as possible and that's because he is really one of them when it comes to issues like trade, the economy, etc. He has had limited success with LGBT rights at least but just about forgotten the poor blacks and minorities in the country. I voted for him twice and I would love to vote for him a third time over the rest of these clowns if I could but he hasn't brought about anywhere near the amount of change this country needs or that he promised. campaign promises are just that - BS for the supporters. None of them actually mean to carry out anymore that the bare minimum to keep looking good. Certainly Obamas has had a difficult time getting anything passed during his administration but at the same time you can't be a nice guy when you're dealing with right wing, religious, nut cases such as are in control of Congress now. What was his excuse when the Dems had full control of Congress? He got a half-good, Republican based health care bill passed instead of pushing for a single payer program because it was "easier". Sorry, that's not good enough when your main platform is "Change"! Do you really think Hillary is going to give us any more change than we got from Obama - NO WAY! She will be a step backwards. Bernie most likely wouldn't be able to get anything done with if the Congress stays deadlock by a bunch of ignorant Tea Party assholes but at least (and this is a very big and important "at least") Bernie would cause the public to think about change and how it would benefit them. Perhaps then we would be fortunate enough to have someone like Elizabeth Warren run for the post (and win) and begin to implement the needed change. Hillary is wonderful about keeping us strong and helping the poor and the disadvantaged but she has hardly done much more than feather her own nest while hoping to go down in history as the first female President. I'm all for a female president, I think it's long past time for one but Hillary? No way she is Bill in a pants suit and an unfashionable one at that as Dutch would say. The Right calls her Shillary and for good reason - I have to change the station every time I see her phony, lying lips begin to move.
She is a major disappointment to me and to most other real Liberals & Progressives and I say that as someone that supported and worked for her eight years ago against Obama.
To her credit she did do a magnificent job defending herself during the ridiculous Benghazi and e mail witch hunt that Congress put her through. I actually felt good watching and listening to her give it back to the con men (and women) that were trying to hang her. But, that was nothing but meaningless political theater meant to make her look bad. She does a good enough job making herself look bad and doesn't need any help from the Republicans.
Republicans = go backwards (rapidly)
Hillary = stay the same 'ol, same 'ol
Bernie - move forward (slowly)
I will still reluctantly hold my nose and give her my vote if she is the candidate but go home immediately and wash my hands with disinfectant!
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