Because we have one serious soap opera brewing in DC. First, Obama calls Republicans hostage takers (that’s terrorists), then he lambastes the Progressives in the Democrat Party, in the same whiny speech. But that was only the beginning of this portion of The Edge Of Sanity soap opera. Four Hot Air articles shows the continuation of the plot as it thickens.
Allahpundit continues the show with Breaking: House Democrats vote to table Obama’s tax cuts bill; Update: Pelosi’s office demands changes; Update: WH to force Pelosi’s hand? Update: It’ll pass, says Barney Frank. There’s a lot of twisty turns there.
Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.
“This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It’s as simple as that,” said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
“We will continue to try and work with the White House and our Republican colleagues to try and make sure we do something right for the economy and right for jobs, and a balanced package as we go forward,” he said…
The vote also come less than an hour after Obama himself urged Congress to pass the compromise he struck with GOP leaders earlier this week and warned that failing to do it could cost jobs.
Be sure to read the whole article, including the four updates. So the far-left wing of the Democrat Party has become the party of NO. I wonder how that’s going to play out. Stay tuned. Up next, Ed Morrissey comes out with Graham: Say, this President’s kind of whiny and immature. When a squish like Lindsey Grahamnesty (who is very likely to be seriously primaried in 2014) calls someone whiny and immature, wow. Just … wow. Obama’s in well over his head.
Over the next two years, Barack Obama will have to work with Republicans on Capitol Hill in order to get anything accomplished. If this week is any indication of how Obama handles political negotiation, Lindsey Graham tells National Review, he’s got a long way to go — and some growing up to do. After his eruption of namecalling aimed at the very people with whom Obama crafted the deal, Graham says that the GOP won’t be terribly inclined to extend Obama any trust in the future:
“By using rhetoric that calls us ‘hostage-takers,’ he believes, somehow, that the Left will give him some credit for hating us, or putting us in a bad light. But it just lowers him,” Graham says. “He is whining, and no one likes a whining president. . . . There is a lot of disappointment on our side. Quite frankly, this is going to be hard to forget.”
The American people, Graham says, “see weakness” in how the president has handled the agreement. “They see a guy who is unsure of himself, who is political to a fault. He’s always got his finger up in the air, and that’s not comforting.”…
“I like the president personally, but he’s whining to the Left about ‘You’re putting too much pressure on me,’ and he’s whining to us about making his life difficult,” Graham continues. “What he ought to do is say ‘I support this deal, it’s the best thing for the country, it’s not what I would like in a perfect world, but I stand by it and I’m going to sell it the best I can and put America ahead of anything else.’ That means you don’t belittle your opponent or attack your base for having differences with you — triangulate without making everyone mad.”
It sounded as if Obama thought he could come across as a tough guy by griping at his press conference, but that’s not the way it works, in politics or anywhere else. Graham framed his whininess as “political immaturity,” but I’m not sure that requires a qualifier. After all, Obama called the GOP to make the deal in the first place — and as events yesterday and today amply demonstrate, it’s because only the GOP were willing to negotiate in good faith. After doing so, Obama knew that he was going to get slammed by his side, and decided to act tough by namecalling while essentially admitting he surrendered. That can be described in many different ways, but leadership isn’t one of them, and the personal weakness it displays isn’t limited to politics.
Every once in a while, Grahamnesty gets it right. This is definitely one of those times. For the next episode of The Edge Of Sanity, we travel to the left side of the aisle. Ed Morrissey brings us Conservative Dems: Progressives are holding tax deal “hostage”. I highly question whether there is any such an animal as a “conservative Democrat.” It could be just a line to pull you further into the plot, turning moderate Democrats into conservatives.
I think we officially have an official analogy fad now, thanks to President Obama:
Although the resolution solidifying the revolt was approved by House Democrats Thursday “nearly unanimously,” in the words of sponsor Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a handful of moderate members are already up in arms.
Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), among the most conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill, said he’s “extremely displeased” that the White House-GOP deal might not come to the floor as it stands.
“A clear majority of the U.S. House of Representatives supports this plan,” Boren said in a statement. “We are allowing the liberal wing of the Democratic caucus to hold these critically needed tax cuts hostage.”
Democratic leaders, he added, “are either not listening to what the voters are saying, or they are not interested in doing what is best for the American economy.”
Some, like Nevada’s Shelley Berkley, wondered why Nancy Pelosi and the progressives are going through the charade. The Senate will almost certainly pass the deal Obama made, and if the House tinkers with it, Republicans will simply block it in the conference report form. The caucus vote is little more than a publicity stunt, since the House will eventually have to vote on the Senate version one way or the other, and there is more than enough support in the overall House to pass it.
So we have the moderate Democrats essentially calling the far-left Democrats terrorists with the claim that the far-left is holding the “tax cuts hostage.” Of course, they aren’t tax cuts but rather maintaining the current tax levels. But the plot continues to thicken as our next episode shows.
Moving further to the left on the left side of the aisle, Allahpundit brings us Oh my: House Dem drops F-bomb on Obama at caucus meeting on tax cuts. I wonder which far-left Democrat member of Congress dropped the f-bomb on Obama. Had it been a Republican doing the same to Obama or Bush for that matter, the culprit would’ve been quickly and loudly outed on every lamestream media outlet. But not this Democrat.
Seriously, though, look at it this way: If we had a parliamentary system, The One would be packing his bags by now.
The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting.
One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” while Rep. Shelley Berkley was defending the package the president negotiated with Republicans. Berkley confirmed the incident, although she declined to name the specific lawmaker…
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) was also overheard saying that “we can’t trust him” not to cave to Republicans and extend the tax cuts again in two years, according to a Democratic source.
There’s plenty of hating going on from the far-left extremist Democrats in Congress. And Democrats are saying they cannot trust Obama. What comes next in The Edge Of Sanity? Will the far-left Democrats blast the centrist Democrats? Will Nancy Pelosi and her caucus scuttle the deal and let all the taxes increase? If so, will the Republicans in the House vote to return all tax rates to today’s rates in less than a month, and without some of the compromise portions? Will Obama have another hissy fit, whining about both sides again? Will Obama be primaried from the left and the center? Will there be even more wild plot twists?
Stay tuned for more from The Edge Of Sanity.