I shouldn’t have to offer [the Republicans] anything. They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.
President Obama spoke to Inskeep yesterday, hours prior to the government shutdown. The above passage isn’t a departure from what he’s said so far — he’s been openly critical of ‘hostage-taking’ behavior by the House GOP. But the above statement represents the core standoff the President finds himself in, one that the GOP may suspect, rightly or wrongly, they can find some leverage on. Given Obama’s past willingness to wheel and deal in situations when his side can claim a high-ground of responsibility and adulthood, even liberal supporters do have feasible, credible reasons to fear an extracted compromise on delaying or weakening the ACA. If you’re taking him at his word, though, and the words are stern enough to stake his authority on, no such negotiation seems pending.
pol102 says: Isn’t Green Eggs and Ham a book about a cranky curmudgeon who says he hates something until he tries it—and then discovers that he actually likes it?
» SFB says: I haven’t checked it lately using an in-depth analysis, but I think it is. — Ernie @ SFB
We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself.
Obama’s argument is the Rwanda one: Who punishes and prevents crimes against humanity? But he knows his legacy demands it be the US, not him, that acts.
No matter what he does, it will be second-guessed. By doing it this way, he takes some of the second-guessing off of his shoulders, at the least.