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Pitchforks on Hold: 'Miracle' Democrats Rise Up, Obama Lives

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What get called miracles, Biblical or political, are usually smoothly-decked out conspiracy theories in reverse, hardly revelations of the ineffable.  Many are simply  "mysteries" science hasn't yet gotten to.  Thus, a rash of lameduck Congressional gains, dubbed by some a "miracle" symbolically if not practically, falls short of the miraculous -- that belongs to serious systemic repairs, such as: economic inequities, looming environmental/energy train wrecks, and ungovernable campaign financing.


Now if this president morphed into a forceful progressive champion  -- battling national economic collapse with half the militancy he applies against Afghanistani "terrorists" -- that would justify miracle status.  If Obama tackled Wall Street abuses or cut the ongoing trillion dollars global tantrum we call "defense spending," that'd be a marvel.  Likewise, if the puny-minded Party of Petulance embraced the 21st Century -- racially, socially, economically, or compassionately, that would be a wonder to behold. 

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And yet small miracles must be acknowledged -- in political terms alone (vs. great solutions) this lameduck Congress has quacked with unexpected vigor and major surprises.  In mythic-religious-winter solstice terms, key adult legislation left for dead (DADT, food safety, 9/11 Responders, even START) was dragged out of graves -- to breathe again, even soar with flying colors.   For Obama's future, the last weeks provided long overdo good news.  


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White House Off Life-Support


If we blame Obama for what happens on his watch, whether inherited recession or woefully-inadequate jobs stimulus, we must give credit when good ideas get through our embarrassment of a government.  Few politicians are as good as we hoped for, nor as bad as we feared, W. alone dispelling this wisdom, in both directions.


Offering as much joy as dumping DADT, something's afoot when the most filibuster-addicted, unified Repug obstructionism in decades dissipates.  The Dinosaurs, using every procedural quagmire for two years, for reasons yet unexplained acted like senators of old, with the country's interest at stake.   In what the extreme right already tags temporary insanity, characters on the wrong side of history supported gay rights, healthy food, aid to ailing 9/11 Responders, and fewer nukes with better monitoring.


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Really, what's left in the GOP fraud against America -- a fake assault on the non-war against Christmas?  More bad immigration stances, like its politically-damaging, unpatriotic quackery that killed the Dream Act, denying citizenship to immigrant children willing to die in our absurd wars?  And before Obama fans click their heels, the Money Party Shills got their plum tax rates renewed -- supplementing massive federal deregulation lapses and fat subsidies.  Plus, GOP House control dooms adequate funding to implement health insurance and financial regulatory reform.  That puts the two signature Obama bills on the line, half-dead, half-alive.


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