Good for Obama for calling out conservative democrats for their fiddling, middling ways.
But I wonder why he didn’t do this, say, seven months ago when his approval ratings were at 70 percent? If he had, we’d probably have a health care bill by now. And he would’ve looked strong. You know, like Stalin. (That was for our right-wing readers. All two of you.)
Better late than never, I suppose. Although I wonder how this new “piss off both caucuses” strategy will play out at the polls? Prediction: it’s gonna be a truly twisted season. But when the going gets weird. . .
Anyway, here’s what the Prez had to say in response to a loaded question from Blue Dog Blanche Lincoln (D-AR):
“Are we willing, as Democrats, not only to reach out to Republicans, but to push back in our own party for people who want extremes, and look for the common ground that’s going to get us the success that we need not only for our constituents, but for our country, in this global community, in this global economy?” Lincoln asked.
“Look,” said Obama [Editor’s Note: he said “look” — take a drink!], “there’s no doubt that this past year’s been an uncertain time for the American people, for businesses and for people employed by businesses. Some of that uncertainty just had to do with the objective reality of this economy entering into a free fall. . .
“Let’s remind ourselves that if you’ve got an economy suddenly contracting by 6 percent or a loss of trillions of dollars of wealth basically in the blink of an eye, where home values are descending by 20 percent, that that’s going to create a whole lot of uncertainty out there, in the business environment and among families. . .
“And part of what we’ve done, over the course of this year, is to put a floor under people’s feet. That’s what the Recovery Act did.”
Read (or watch) the full chiding here.
I’m psyched for Obama’s upcoming conversation with GOP senators, who are probably drilling each other (not like that — that’s what Congressional pages are for!) with Ronald Reagan flash cards right about now. Speaking of the Gipper, did you happen to see that, according to Republican criteria, Reagan wouldn’t have passed the GOP’s new “purity test?” I think tests are always good for a party. Weeds out the weaklings. But it does beg the question: do they get to wear purity rings?