Republican hostage takers

Say what? I was very disappointed to wake up this morning to find out I’m a terrorist. Well, “One day at a time,” as we drunks say.

Maybe things will be better tomorrow.

OK, maybe the World’s Greatest Orator does have a communication problem.

The news that President Obama had struck a deal with congressional Republicans to avert a brutal tax increase came as a pleasant surprise. We didn’t think Obama had it in him to compromise. It turns out we were right, even though he has compromised. Having decided to compromise, he has shown that he hasn’t the foggiest idea how to go about doing it.

Consider this exchange with NBC’s Chuck Todd from yesterday’s White House press conference:

Todd: Mr. President, what do you say to Democrats who say you’re rewarding Republican obstruction here? You yourself used in your opening statement they were unwilling to budge on this. A lot of progressive Democrats are saying they’re unwilling to budge, and you’re asking them to get off the fence and budge. Why should they be rewarding Republican obstruction?

Obama: Well, let me use a couple of analogies. I’ve said before that I felt that the middle-class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high-end tax cuts. I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people and I was not willing to see them get harmed.

via Hostage to the Fortunate? –


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