I have to agree with Mario Piperni. This passive aggressive bull pucky that Obama and his administration are displaying is disheartening and downright distasteful. In my opinion, President Obama’s solid stance on “bi-partisanship” makes him the laughing stock of the GOP, who have no intention of cooperating with anything the President wants.
It makes Obama look weak and ineffective not only to Congress, but to the American public. Is Obama trying to be a one term president? If he’s not, he’s sure fooling me and a few million other people who voted for him in 2008.
Quick, someone get a copy of Sun Tzu’s book over to the White House.
So there was a big meeting planned for this week between President Obama, Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and Boehner. It was going to deal with tax cuts and explore ways for the two sides to achieve some form of bipartisan agreement. Republicans, claiming they had no time to meet the President this week, asked for a postponement.
Don Stewart, a spokesman for the Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky lawmaker, said in an email that there had never really been a firm date. “We’ll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together,” his message said. “These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy. The Leader is encouraged that the President wants to discuss these areas of agreement.”
DailyKos sees this as another GOP victory.
You see what’s happening here? Republicans — probably correctly — believe Democrats have already caved on tax cuts, so they’re moving the goal posts. Now they are defining bipartisanship as agreeing with them on GOP agenda items like decreasing spending and increased energy production (translation: more deepwater drilling).
Maybe the White House thought that folding their hand before sitting down at the table would make them look reasonable and bipartisan, and maybe they were right, but to the people they need to negotiate with, it just looked weak. And this is the predictable result: Republicans are taking their win, and moving the goalposts to try to accomplish the next item on their agenda.
Here’s another view.
It may be a petty, minor thing, but this is getting to the point where Obama is looking weak in many, many separate situations, and it’s becoming a car wreck for the White House. Having him doing public post-election soul searching; having him give repeated noises in the press about preemptively caving on whatever it is the GOP might be asking for: it’s a messaging/political disaster. He took a stout midterm loss and turned it into his own midterm disaster.
Long story short, if McConnell or Boehner can’t find time to meet at the president’s convenience, Obama should just call off the meeting and be done with it. When you’re President of the United States you shouldn’t be losing pissant little power plays.
So true. The GOP is doing a number on the President and he’s allowing them to get away with it. I’m hoping the White House has some secret power play they’ve been waiting to unleash – a strategy which justifies their current weak and cowardly stance in standing up to Republicans. If so, it might be time to put the new strategy into play before there’s no longer a war to be won.
Then again, perhaps we’re all wrong and President Obama has read the Art of War…
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. -Sun Tzu
I sure as hell hope so.