If Obama loses the election, here's why - The Washington PostQuicklink submitted by Rob Kall Permalink
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|Obama's first mistake was inviting the Republicans to the table. The GOP had just decimated the economy and had been repudiated by voters to such an extent that few Americans wanted to admit that they were registered Republicans. Yet Obama, with his penchant for unilateral bipartisanship, refused to speak ill of what they had done. The American people wanted the perpetrators of the Great Recession held accountable, and they wanted the president & Congress to enact legislation to prevent Wall Street bankers from ever destroying the lives of so many again. Instead they saw renewed bonuses -- and then they saw red. Republicans learned very quickly that they could attack Obama and his agenda with impunity. Only at election time, or when he's up against the ropes, does this president ever tell a story with a villain. The 2nd mistake was squandering the goodwill Americans felt toward him|
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