…because it’s pretty much the only way that he can even to get away with his numerous critiques of the GOP in this article of his bemoaning Obama’s chances in November. Reality was: from 2009 to 2011 the Democratic party was in a position to pass… oh, about 90% of what they wanted. For a non-trivial amount of that time they were in a position to pass 100% of what they wanted. They decided to spend that capital passing a ‘stimulus’ that didn’t work, a health care rationing system (which also won’t work) that started out being unpopular and keeps getting more unpopular as time goes on; and trying to pass a massive energy tax program based on, ah, somewhat controversial scientific theories. I fully cop to the GOP being obstructionist on that one, and thank God for that. The last thing we need right now is gas prices being even higher.
The real funny part? This bit from Crook:
His campaign message so far boils down to this: You just can’t work with these people. I tried, they’re not interested, so it’s war. If they want bitter partisan politics, they can have it.
My instinct tells me this is a losing strategy.
To me it seems so obviously the wrong strategy, in fact, that I struggle to understand what Obama’s people can be thinking.
Largely, Obama’s people are thinking that it’s business as usual, because the White House has never worked with ‘us people.’ It’s like Clive Crook never saw this:
President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
That was January 22, 2009. Which means that it took the Democrats all of two days to guarantee that they’d lose the House in 2010. And Obama was told at the time that if he wanted to own it all, he was welcome to own it all. No skin off of our noses. In other words, this situation arose from Obama’s choices, not ours – and Obama’s failures are likewise his, not ours. Whether Clive Crook likes it or not.
(Via Instapundit, but the site was down.)
PS: Seriously, I am truly sorry that Barack Obama is a weak man and a weak President, but it’s not my fault.