I’ve been out of the loop for a few hours, but I see a lot of comments in the Tapper/Orszag post, including one from Jake, which you can read for yourself. As I’ve stated before, I think Jake is one of the better DC press folks, but on this, I think he just blew it and went for the easy conflict angle where one doesn’t really even exist. Let’s review what has happened here (and I’m paraphrasing everyone but Tapper. And yes, Orszag does talk like that because he is smooth):
- Obama: I’m opposed to extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich.
Orszag: Look- I spent the last two years busting my hump, seriously cutting into my dating life, to manhandle this disaster of a budget the Republicans left us, and there is no doubt that the deficit can never be addressed without letting the Bush tax cuts expire. But things are such a damned train wreck with the economy that extending the middle-class tax cuts might actually do some short term good. You know and I know that congress is filled with Republican shitheads and blue-dog Democrats, so the only way we might get that done is if we compromise and also extend the tax cuts for the rich. That is a compromise that might be worth it. If I had my way, only the middle-class cuts would continue, but sometimes you have to compromise. Here are a lot of numbers and facts that will make your eyes glaze over.
This isn’t even close. We’re in Megyn Doocy Kilmeade Mega Mosque territory. If all you read about this was the Political Punch piece, you would actually have spent several minutes becoming LESS informed- there will be idiots spending the next few months now saying “EVEN PETER Orszag says Obama is wrong and we should keep the tax cuts for the wealthy,” and pieces like this are part of the reason they will be saying it.