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Paulo do FYI: endossa o pensamento do Partido das Idéiasdas breves alucinações:

I wonder

What do Democrats think when they read something like this:

From NBC’s Domenico Montanaro (Statements compiled by NBC’s Mike Viqueira, Kelly O’Donnell and Ken Strickland)

Reactions to President Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan have been mostly universally praised by Republicans, but approached cautiously by some Democrats.”

So who is the crazy party here? The press? Republicans and Democrats? Or Obama himself?

Primeiro: é preciso avaliar isso em relação à alternativa.  A alternativa era um candidato republicano à presidência dos EUA que tencionava ficar no Iraque por mais 100 anos.  Ou não.

Segundo: Sai Karl Rove, entre Newt Gingich.  Sua estratégia?

In other words, Gingrich wasn’t suggesting to Cantor and the others that they should simply pretend to like Obama well enough. He was telling them that if Obama was going to move far enough in their direction, their best play – and maybe their only play – was actually to team up with him on legislation if they could.

“I already told the House and Senate Republicans, if Obama decides to govern from the center, you have to work with him,” Gingrich told me. “He’s the president of the United States. If the president of the United States walks in with a rational, moderate proposal which has his left wing up in arms and you don’t help him, you look like you’re a nihilistic party of reactionary opposition.” He pointed to the model of Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn, the Democratic tandem in the Senate and House who worked amiably with Dwight Eisenhower and, in so doing, split the Republican Party for years to come.

“I don’t actually build oppositions,” Gingrich told me, as if this business of salvaging a lost party were something he undertook every couple of months. “I build the next governing majority. I have no interest in being an opposition party.”

Em nome da governabilidade?  Claro que não:

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I had heard any Republican leader describe this tactical approach, and it struck me as surprising. Like most everyone else, I had assumed that Republicans were confronting a single, difficult question: How do you contrast yourself favorably with a wildly popular new president at a time of great urgency when you yourself are about as popular as acne? (In a poll conducted by the firm Research 2000 last month, Boehner’s approval rating hit a new low of 18 percent.) But Cantor was suggesting that Republicans might not need to contrast themselves with Obama at all – that, in fact, by appearing to share Obama’s basically moderate impulse toward policy, they could instead contrast themselves with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, with an eye toward picking up some seats in 2010. In the weeks after my meeting with Cantor, Congressional Democrats began to discern the outlines of this strategy as well, complaining that Republicans were trying to drive a wedge between them and Obama by appearing to embrace the president while criticizing the ideological rigidity of his party.” [grifo meu]

Portanto, o tom do Partido Republicano, da blogoseira wingnut e da imprensa nos próximos meses será justamente esse: vejam, os republicanos concordam com Obama, mas os democratas não.  Logo, Obama é um presidente republicano.  Objetivo real: usar a popularidade de Obama contra o Partido Democrata e reduzir ou eliminar sua maioria congressual nas próximas eleições, preparando o terreno para as eleições presidenciais de 2012.

Essa estratégia não parece estar fazendo sucesso entre  os foot soldiers, porém _ e nem precisamos apelar para o segmento borderline do conservadorismo.  Sintetizemos essa reação na conclusão deste artigo de Clive Crook no Financial Times, intitulado, com algum sarcasmo, “Was that liberal enough to you?“:

“(…) unless and until he [Obama] adjusts the message of this budget, Obama’s claim to be centrist and pragmatic looks false. On the stimulus, he successfully characterised the Republicans as unconstructive doctrinaire rejectionists and himself as the pragmatic bipartisan leader. It wouldn’t have taken much in this budget to build on that success: on taxes, confining himself to reversing the Bush tax cuts, as he promised in the campaign, might have been enough. The surprise of the extra $30 billion a year in capped deductions was enough to make “redistribution” the big story. Time will tell if that was a mistake.

Esse faz de conta de que Obama é um criptorepublicano não pode mais ser mantido depois do orçamento, sorry.

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