President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech.
Obama’s long-awaited proposals could set the agenda in Washington for the coming months, but his preferred date of September 7 had an unpalatable political edge for the opposition party: Republican presidential candidates were scheduled to hold a televised debate on the same evening, at the same time.
Background here and here: and may I say that there is nothing quite so entertaining as watching one’s political opponents make such a rookie error as this? – Because this was a rookie error. It’s all right for the netroots (and other political ignoramuses) to not understand that the Speaker of the House is someone that you don’t try to embarrass or cross without a very good reason… but surely there are enough grownups in the White House who get that the Speaker is somebody that always needs to be treated politely? Particularly when the Speaker is of the opposition party*?
*Doubly particularly when the Speaker of the House was put there pretty explicitly by the American people in order to keep you from going too gonzo.