Axelrod said presidents always talk after an election about a mandate, but he called such talk “foolish.” President Obama and congressional Republicans are bracing for talks on tax hikes and spending cuts that are now set to be implemented in January.
“Everyone’s going to have to come to the table in the spirit of getting things done, but on this issue of particularly the fiscal cliff — presidents always say, ‘I have a mandate’; that’s a foolish word and generally untrue,” Axelrod told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.
That’s a rhetorical question: I know exactly why. It’s because we’re more from a day from the election, which means that all around me people are waking up from their exuberance/despair hangovers to discover that the Democrats paid out 1 billion bucks to get a 50/48 Presidency, +2 Senate, +6 or 7 House. Which is a better RoI than the billion bucks that we paid out, but the next step up from “sucks” is not “good.” Especially since the deal comes with more medical pot raids and warrantless drone strikes*. Guess Axelrod decided that it’s time to jump to the next thing before the rubes have time to react…
Oh, wait, I forgot: I’m supposed to still be crying over a lost election and engaged in infinitely-regressed soul searching over falling for one of the greatest Three-Card-Monty tricks in modern American political history. Fine.
*What does that have to do with anything? Not much, but it does curdle the milk of the Online Left to have that pointed out.