Now it all makes sense.
[There] could be no grand bargain with Republicans to do the very serious work of forcing austerity on the nation because Obama hurt Paul Ryan’s fee-fees. If Jackie Calmes is to be believed, Republicans would have been there to strike that bargain, if only Obama hadn’t slighted Ryan. And the nation would be saved from the terrible deficit. Instead, we learn, Obama has abandoned the issue and has “emphasized job-creation spending and tax cuts more than deficit reduction.” Like that’s a bad thing.
I swear this sort of thing happens every time. Newt would have loved to work with Clinton on the budget, but he just couldn’t get over that time Clinton sat him in the back of the plane. GOP Senators could have worked with Obama on his healthcare law, but he accepted their invitation and embarrassed them at their own convention. Now we know that Paul Ryan wanted to compromise on the budget until Obama said some mean things about his plan in a speech. How many examples can you remember?
Some people might see this as transparent excuse-making by emotional three-year olds who understandably want to rewrite the record of their last destructive political tantrum. I can see how a person might think that, but if you give these guys the benefit of the doubt you’d see that the legendary bipartisan consensus could be here tomorrow if Democrats would just stop being rude. I bet we will hear about this tomorrow on FOX.
House Republicans blamed the failure of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan Monday on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), saying that Pelosi had been too partisan in a floor speech prior to the vote.