Well, just finished watching and listening to John Boehner.
Yeah, any good will established by Obama in trying to give the Speaker of the House props for being willing to work with the Democrats is out the window. John Boehner came out swinging and he didn’t let up. Almost with a vengeance the Speaker took Obama to task going back to January and the President’s request for more money. And this after sending America on the largest spending binge of all time. While I think he’s right, I’m not sure that the approach the Republicans just took is the wise one.
Where Obama made the case that we all need to agree to get along, Boehner went right at the President. Where Obama looked to build a coalition with the Speaker, Mr. Boehner attacked the President for his priorities and his tactics in the debt talks to date. Further, by appearing so dug in, the Republican may have set himself up for a situation that he can’t win. A long time ago I learned that to be successful, you have to create a situation where your opponent can retreat or compromise in honor. I’m afraid that Mr. Speaker has removed that option from the table. I can see many things being thrown at the TV in the Democrat Head Quarters.
This is not to say That I don’t agree with the Republicans. We DO spend too much. We DO waste money. Obama DOES negotiate in bad faith. I know Obama is not a centrist but rather an over-matched Leftist Statist. However, tonight, America was watching, not just us political junkies. And America wants compromise more than they want ideology.
Either way, tonight set the die. How it impacts the debate and the 2012 elections will, of course, remain to be seen.