Obama backtracks on support for striking state workers

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    Feb 24, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
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    President Barack Obama, after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fights spreading in state capitals from Wisconsin to Tennessee, leaving union officials divided about his tactics.


    Just as the decision to withdraw support from DOMA yesterday was a political (though astute move), this one is the same. I'm guessing this is because he's seen the poll numbers on this and his dropping approvals (Rasmussen).
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    Feb 24, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704520504576162820767202248.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

    President Barack Obama, after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fights spreading in state capitals from Wisconsin to Tennessee, leaving union officials divided about his tactics.


    Just as the decision to withdraw support from DOMA yesterday was a political (though astute move), this one is the same. I'm guessing this is because he's seen the poll numbers on this and his dropping approvals (Rasmussen).





    And if he got involved...the Righties would scream " States Rights" !!
    THE GOP MANTRA is States Rights.

    So which is it riddler78?

    States Rights or Not?

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    riddler78 saidhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704520504576162820767202248.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

    President Barack Obama, after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fights spreading in state capitals from Wisconsin to Tennessee, leaving union officials divided about his tactics.


    Just as the decision to withdraw support from DOMA yesterday was a political (though astute move), this one is the same. I'm guessing this is because he's seen the poll numbers on this and his dropping approvals (Rasmussen).

    Yup, he keeps his finger up and senses which way the wind blows, then adopts a policy. Strong core beliefs lol. BTW - your mentioning Rasmussen will get the libs fired up, just like mentioning Fox. Just watch. They will quote their golden boy, baseball statistician Nate Silver, who has made a new career criticizing Rasmussen. Probably being paid by a Soros organization.
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    Feb 24, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    Without reading WJS's typically delusional editorial page, I'm confident it's their typical bullshit. The president made his statement, which the right-wingers tried to use to pillory him for interfering in state's issues, and that's that'. What did you think he would do? Hold a press conference?
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    Feb 24, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidAnd if he got involved...the Righties would scream " States Rights" !!
    THE GOP MANTRA is States Rights.

    So which is it riddler78?

    States Rights or Not?


    While I am fluent in Engrish, I get the sense you don't really understand the English particularly well. Or maybe it's the misdirected anger clouding your cognitive capabilities. Nevertheless, I wonder if you recognize that this is a change in his position? I think it was a mistake for Obama to have gotten involved in the first place - both politically and the precedent it sets.

    socalfitness saidYup, he keeps his finger up and senses which way the wind blows, then adopts a policy. Strong core beliefs lol. BTW - your mentioning Rasmussen will get the libs fired up, just like mentioning Fox. Just watch. They will quote their golden boy, baseball statistician Nate Silver, who has made a new career criticizing Rasmussen. Probably being paid by a Soros organization.


    To be fair, I think it's a bit too early to tell where the mood of the US is going on this issue. I think it's possible that both the Obama Administration and the Walker Administration within Wisconsin will emerge bloodied after this. On the other hand, it's quite possible if the union caves on this issue, that the Walker Administration will pull a Reagan or Coolidge. As for Rasmussen, what I think a lot of people don't understand is the economics of pollsters and it is not within their financial interests - especially on tracking polling, to get it wrong. To be most accurate is how they make their bread and butter (corporate contracts). That being said, the Obama Administration like nearly all administrations before it is politically calculating - and that can often be a good thing for a democracy - especially when they get it wrong.
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    Feb 24, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    Poor choice of words, riddler. He did not "backtrack."

    President Obama voiced his support and has not followed up with any comment that would recant that position.

    Nice try, I'm sure you fooled some members here.