“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”


"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother"

"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother"

That’s Obama talking and he’s not referring to March Madness.

He’s talking to Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting…..you see, Mr. DeFazio had the gall to vote against Obama’s “Porkulus and Payback Bill”.

Chicago Politics lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Saul Alinksy’s “Rules for Radicals” is the coffee table book-of-choice in the living quarters.

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”That’s what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.

A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration’s stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president’s budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign.

Everything is about “organizing” with these people…sheez…

Its targets were initially Republicans, as team Obama ran ads depicting the GOP as the “party of no.” But now the fire is being trained on Democrats worried about runaway spending.

Americans United is going after Democrats who are skeptical of Mr. Obama’s plans to double the national debt in five years and nearly triple it in 10. The White House is taking aim at lawmakers in 12 states, including Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. MoveOn.Org is running ads aimed at 10 moderate Senate and House Democrats. And robocalls are urging voters in key districts to pressure their congressman to get in line.

Apparently no one is safe from the over-expanded ego and arrogance of a man with 2 months executive experience …..he is wielding mightily the power that comes with it:

Every White House is faced with finding ways to nudge Congress without antagonizing it. But this overt campaign could infuriate members who won’t appreciate being targeted by a president of their own party. They could react by becoming recalcitrant.

God we can only hope they begin to turn on Dear Leader…..

Should that happen, team Obama will have to recalculate its efforts, especially as the public sours on big spending plans.

……After all, Alinsky’s first rule of “power tactics” is “power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”Team Obama wants to remind its adversaries it has plenty of power, and it does. The question is whether the White House will wield it responsibly. The jury is still out, but certain clues are beginning to emerge. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” even if said with a wink and a smile, isn’t quite the “new politics” we were told to expect.

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