Al Giordano and Election Inspection make arguably the most ignorant, least informed, stupendously idiotic assertion that Obama is trying to negotiate with Republicans on the economic recovery package in the belief that if he plays his cards right now, they will cooperate with Democrats when Democrats push more contentious bills like the Employee Free Choice Act.
Now, look - I think Obama is making a big mistake not by rhetorically reaching out to Republicans, but by legislatively negotiating with them on a stimulus bill where their legislative complicity isn't necessary. However, Barack Obama is a lot of things - but one of them is not stupid to the point of braindead. He is definitely not stupid enough to believe - as Giordino and Election Inspection apparently do themselves, and as they believe Obama does himself - that being nice to Republicans on the stimulus bill or outmaneuvering him on the bill will make them more likely to later vote for something like the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that the entire corporate community has sworn to stop at all costs.
Giordano, in particular, self-importantly lectures us about his "decades of studious participation in authentic social movements" and about his allegedly awe-inspiring experience in politics. But I just have to say: If you put pen to paper (or, as it were, keyboard to Internet) arguing with a straight-face that it's realistic to believe that coddling Republicans now will mitigate their "This Will Be Armageddon" opposition to bills like the Employee Free Choice Act, then you shouldn't be bragging about your political experience or acumen because you are making very clear that you spend your life frolicking with ponies in a psychedelic fantasyland that most mere mortals never even dreamed existed.
Yes, yes, Republicans will be cajoled with candy and niceties into supporting bills to help make union organizing easier, just like I will teach myself the Force so that I can levitate and read people's minds and see the future and defeat Darth Vader and the Emperor in an intergalactic space battle aboard a steel-constructed planet called the Death Star. I mean, really. When you even suggest such an absurd line of reasoning, you make abundantly clear that you are so far gone, you have been so utterly lobotomized over the last 20 years, you have been so completely oblivious to the very basics of politics for a generation, that it's hard to even know how to communicate with you, other than to wish you well in your unfathomably ignorant bliss.
Indeed, I find the best thing to do with such lost souls is to simply repeat what Woody Allen said to Christopher Walken in Annie Hall: "Right. Well, I have to - I have to go now, Duane, because I, I'm due back on the planet Earth."