There were some, including some in the media, who listened to President Obama's account of this week's meeting with Republicans and concluded that there was hope for a surprisingly bipartisan conclusion to the lame duck Congress.
My questions are: What planet do he and they think they are on? And have they paid any attention to Sen. Mitch McConnell?
McConnell and the rest of the GOP Senate leadership were beginning work on a plan to force the Senate to do just the opposite: a unified GOP threat to filibuster debate on anything but taxes and spending.
This morning, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was sounding upbeat -- even after news of the McConnell strategy had surfaced.
On the Hill yesterday, GOP aides privately could barely contain their contempt -- and their amusement -- at the president's declaration of a dawn of bipartisan optimism.
They know that Obama already in effect has conceded on a two- or three-year extension of all tax cuts.
Barack Obama and his crew have many good qualities. But that list does not include skill and guts at legislative combat with Republicans. They don't seem to really know the enemy or the game they are in, and the president's meager and glancing experience in the trenches of politics has caught up with him.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Obama's Big Weakness on Display, Inadvertently Moves Nation Further Right. Liberalism now considered fringe.
The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman pretty much said it all about Obama, who I now consider a horrifically weak president, after destroying the very idea of an opposition party.