Angry Obama on tax cuts: GOP are “hostage takers,” liberals are “sanctimonious”; Update: Pelosi didn’t know deal would be announced?

posted at 4:14 pm on December 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Ace’s co-blogger DrewM had the best take on this afternoon’s presser turned mini-meltdown: “Man, if Obama is Spock, he’s in the middle of the Pon Farr.” Two clips for you, the first of him snottily reprising Bob Menendez’s terrorist analogy by comparing Republicans to “hostage-takers” on taxes — and then using that to justify his decision to negotiate with them(!). Note to The One: Probably not a good idea for America’s top law enforcement officer and military commander-in-chief to broadcast the fact that he’ll come to the table only if you play rough enough with him.

The second clip’s the one to watch, though. He put his presidency on the line to grant the left its eternal wish of universal health care, and they’ve rewarded him ever since by … shrieking endlessly about the public option. His bitter annoyance at their perceived ingratitude is palpable, and with good reason: As Philip Klein notes, tax hikes come and tax hikes go but new welfare state entitlements are forever.

Liberals are enraged at Obama for caving into Republicans on the tax rates, but as a conservative, if I had to choose either one, I would have much preferred letting the tax rates expire to creating the massive new health care entitlement. Over the decades, tax rates have gone up and down, but politicians — not even Ronald Reagan — have made a dent in entitlement spending. National health care has long been a dream of liberals, and while they didn’t get all the way with this one piece of legislation, it does put us on the road to becoming a European-style welfare state. Its existence also makes it impossible to reform entitlements on market-friendly terms, given that health care is the key factor that’s driving up the cost of government.

People have spoke of Obama as the liberal Reagan. Well, if Reagan pursued a strategy of “starving the beast” to force spending cuts down the road, maybe Obama’s strategy is “feeding the beast,” knowing that if lawmakers don’t curb the growth in entitlements, then tax rates will go back up anyway.

I hope The One savored every second of finally getting to unload on them here because he did himself no favors in quelling the revolt among his base. The phone lines are reportedly melting down at the White House from liberals calling in to complain about the deal and even such stalwart allies as top union crony Richard Trumka are issuing angry statements vowing to oppose it. More than a dozen House Democrats have already signed a letter stating that they’ll vote no, in fact, raising the question of whether the votes are there to push the deal through. Presumably they are in the House: Paul Ryan says he’s happy enough with it and Blue Dogs (especially ones who were swept away last month) should enjoy flipping Pelosi and progressives the bird by voting yes. Are there 18 Democrats willing to vote for cloture in the Senate, though? Manchin, Nelson, Lieberman, Feingold, and Webb voted with the GOP on the show votes this past weekend, so presumably they’re in; McCaskill, Tester, Lincoln, Pryor, and Mark Warner are all probably easy pick-ups too. We need eight more Democrats on top of that to make it happen. Maybe lame ducks Dodd and Dorgan? Conrad and Durbin too?

Silver lining here for The One: By alienating both righties and lefties, he’s finally fulfilled the promise of post-partisanship from Campaign 2008. Great work, champ! Exit question: Aren’t you glad this deal wasn’t struck before Election Day? Can you imagine how amazingly the left would have demagogued it as an all-purpose explanation for the GOP landslide in the House? What a comforting lie that would have been, in lieu of the unpleasant truth. Click the images to watch.

Update: An ominous note: Harry Reid says the deal needs more work.

Update: I wonder if this is true or just Madam Speaker’s Minority Leader Pelosi’s way of distancing herself from the deal as the left freaks out:

“We have some unease,” Pelosi says of Obama plan & admits to being in the dark: “we didn’t realize…agreement was going to be announced.”

Why would The One push it out there before giving Nancy a heads up?


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What a tantrum he had, calling the tax cuts the Republican’s Holy Grail, talking about them taking the American people hostage, etc. He sounded like an angry child at a friend’s house, who doesn’t get his way, then picks up his toys and stomps his feet all the way home. 2012 can’t get here fast enough for me!

GrannySunni on December 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Ver sad about Mrs. Edwards. To bad she couldn’t kick off the Pony.

upinak on December 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 4:58 PM

My wife had a double a few months ago. Too young for it. I just keep faith in the Lord thru these times. I pray that all goes well.

JVelez on December 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Sad news about Elizabeth Edwards. What a creep she was married to. He turned her into a nasty creep during his campaigns and then dragged her through the slime pit with his sleazy affair. RIP.

DaydreamBeliever on December 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

In any case, the next Congress will easily pass it retroactively anyway. This is just Obama running to be in front of the parade.

pedestrian on December 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM

If this goes to the next Congress:

- The House will pass real tax relief (though not by a veto-proof margin).
- I doubt the Senate will pass it at all (much less by a veto-proof margin).
- I doubt Obama will sign on anything other than the veto line.

steveegg on December 7, 2010 at 5:03 PM

O/T Eliz. Edwards passed?

Inanemergencydial on December 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Inanemergencydial:It appears,ugh!
=======================================================

Elizabeth Edwards Dead at 61

http://www.frumforum.com/elizabeth-edwards-dies

canopfor on December 7, 2010 at 5:04 PM

John Edwards with a fist pump and a furtive high five.

rickyricardo on December 7, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Classy.

CTSherman on December 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

RIP, Elizabeth Edwards.

If Obama wants to have any chance at all of getting re-elected, he has to expand his voter base beyond those 35-year-old Jack Black lookalikes who are posting Liberal blogs from their Mom’s basement.

Unfortunately, though, he has been instrumental in moving his political party from a moderate stance to a Far Left ideological stance. While trying to triangulate, he may have just gotten himself primaried leading up to the Presidential Election of 2012.

Sho ’nuff hate it for him.

kingsjester on December 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

GOP as “hostage takers” have been White House talking points for years. Us and Al Qaeda.

Paul-Cincy on December 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

These democrats are morally and politically incontinent. Absolute hazards to the nation. They shouldn’t be near power.

Boehner should come out swinging. He should take apart every one of Obama’s cheapshots. “Hostages”? “The only hostages have been the American people over the last 18 months as this administration sacrificed every last ounce of energy and comity in our congress for a partisan and counter-productive takeover of the health industry that did nothing to help our beleaguered economy, indeed only stressed and confused it further. Now at last we seem to reach an understanding with democrats finally agreeing to a practical, proven and constructive remedy for the overburdened taxpayers and job-creators, and immediately we hear bitter sniping and second-guessing. Can anybody in this administration and its party drop their ideological axes and work to produce some relief to the American people? Anybody?”

rrpjr on December 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I don’t know what to believe re Obama and the Hatefilled Left… For all I know this could be Kabuki Theatre in order to pull off something else…

CCRWM on December 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

My wife had a double a few months ago. Too young for it. I just keep faith in the Lord thru these times. I pray that all goes well.

JVelez on December 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

sorry to hear that. A friend just passed on two weeks ago from breast CA. We are doing the same, just praying and seeking the Lord’s guidance with this. Another friend’s father just passed away last night and another friend had a mini-stroke yesterday after battling testicular cancer and chemo.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If the Dems kill this deal and there’s not enough time to strike up a new one before January 1, they’re gonna get rolled in 2012. Obama’s already gone public with the deal, so if they successfully block it, they’ll make him look weak and powerless and they’ll be the ones who are responsible for the middle class getting hit with a huge tax hike in 2011.

Doughboy on December 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM

If Dems kill this in the lame-duck session, by early 2011 House Republicans can wait until people get their first paycheck with higher withholding, then pass the entire deal (as proposed by the President) through the House, regardless of what House Democrats do. Then the bill goes to the Senate, where they would then need 13 Democrat votes to break a filibuster, and 22 Democrats are up in 2012. How many of them want to vote AGAINST what, by then, would be middle-class tax CUTS, approved by the President?

If the Dems kill this in the lame-duck session, they’ll give Republicans a huge hammer to bash them in 2011, and Boehner&Co. won’t hesitate to use it…

Steve Z on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

“Man, if Obama is Spock, he’s in the middle of the Pon Farr.” LMFAO!

Now you know why Obama got his smirk wiped off his face on the basketball court. It’s like my old football coach used to say, to paraphrase: “You find out what people are made of during times of adversity”.

OxyCon on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Over the decades, tax rates have gone up and down, but [no] politicians — not even Ronald Reagan — have made a dent in entitlement spending.

There’s a first time for everything. Paul Ryan is leading the effort to make it happen.

Caiwyn on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I hope everyone knows that if this deal falls apart the stock market is going to crash.

Bill C on December 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Why would The One push it out there before giving Nancy a heads up?

Because he and his staff don’t consider anyone else before speaking, acting or legislating?

hawksruleva on December 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Very sad about Mrs. Edwards. To bad she couldn’t kick off the Pony.

upinak on December 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

It is sad.

I wonder when John Edwards will sue her doctor or Hospital?

2 weeks?

portlandon on December 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

The government meddles in everything and then the President says this? Do they ever listen to themselves?

But we’ve got to have a larger debate about how is this — how is this country going to win the economic competition of the 21st century? How are we going to make sure that we’ve got the best-trained workers in the world? There was just a study that came out today showing how we’ve slipped even further when it comes to math education and science education.

So what are we doing to revamp our schools to make sure our kids can compete? What are we doing in terms of research and development to make sure that innovation is still taking place here in the United States of America? What are we doing about our infrastructure so that we have the best airports and the best roads and the best bridges? And how are we going to pay for all that at a time when we’ve got both short-term deficit problems, medium-term deficit problems, and long-term deficit problems?

Now, that’s going to be a big debate. And it’s going to involve us sorting out what government functions are adding to our competitiveness and increasing opportunity and making sure that we’re growing the economy, and which aspects of the government aren’t helping.

Mr_Magoo on December 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Why would The One push it out there before giving Nancy a heads up?

It’s BS. She knew all about it. She just doesn’t want her fingerprints on it because the only reason she is still Minority leader is because of her fundraising. Anyone that touches this is persona non grata on the left.

pedestrian on December 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Sad news about Elizabeth Edwards. What a creep she was married to. He turned her into a nasty creep during his campaigns and then dragged her through the slime pit with his sleazy affair. RIP.

DaydreamBeliever on December 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

So what would be a respectable holdoff time until the engagement is announced?

slickwillie2001 on December 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Dems at war with eachother. Smells like victory.

“… You’d think they (the far, far, far lefties) would say thank you.”

JimP on December 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM

So what would be a respectable holdoff time until the engagement is announced?

slickwillie2001 on December 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM

They will be married before the end of the year so he can get the child tax credit.

pedestrian on December 7, 2010 at 5:20 PM

If the Dems kill this in the lame-duck session, they’ll give Republicans a huge hammer to bash them in 2011, and Boehner&Co. won’t hesitate to use it…

Steve Z on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Yes. Personally, I’d take the tax hit for a year or two in order to see the Progressive-Dem party agenda destroyed for a long, long time.

CTSherman on December 7, 2010 at 5:20 PM

The Republicans caved. We were about to exploit the breakthrough and instead we just squandered an opportunity.

The GOP are morons!

Tim Burton on December 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM

It it me or do Ahmanutjob, Chavez, and Obama behave the same way? Like low class thugs…

CCRWM on December 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM

“We have some unease,” Pelosi says of Obama plan & admits to being in the dark: “we didn’t realize…agreement was going to be announced.”

she doesn’t read the newspapers?

mizflame98 on December 7, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Obama doesn’t stand for anything. Somebody tell the liberals. They don’t get it.

tgillian on December 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Bill O’Reilly called Frank Rich a pinhead this morning on Imus, for suggesting that Obama had been taken hostage by the GOP. O’Reilly said, what people like Frank Rich and the far left are advocating is political suicide for Obama.

Obama IS the far-left. Any political suicide will be committed by his own Marxist hand.

Redneck Woman on December 7, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Yes…..the malaise moment arrives

Limerick on December 7, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I think he’s gonna snap sometime in the middle of next year.

44Magnum on December 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Stu Varney or Dana Perino said on Hannity’s show today that the liberals are now apoplectic because today the realization has hit them that they are no longer in charge and they have a panty waist as a QB.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Jimmah bunkered down that last 13 months. Not because of Iranians, because of Americans.

Limerick on December 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

This president and Menendrez are both idiot.

Hostage? Yes.

The American people have been hostaged by the UI program and the unions.

TheAlamos on December 7, 2010 at 5:53 PM

No Drama Obama? The Democrats are like a three-ring circus act. It’s not funny when they crap all over our economy..

TN Mom on December 7, 2010 at 5:53 PM

If the Dems kill this in the lame-duck session, they’ll give Republicans a huge hammer to bash them in 2011, and Boehner&Co. won’t hesitate to use it…

Steve Z on December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If obama had waited till the GOP was in control of the House, it would be necessary to put all Dems in congress on a suicide watch, because there would be no bargaining chips.

The GOP will be in control of the House, but they may not be the majority party in the Senate, but the will basically have an up or down vote on every piece of legislation, and obama did not want to have to deal with this then.

he had to do it now

ConservativePartyNow on December 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Jimmah bunkered down that last 13 months. Not because of Iranians, because of Americans.

Limerick on December 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

he was quietly happy about “NO GAS” signs all over the place. That way, guys like my dad and uncle couldn’t drive to DC and tell him what they thought of his crappy policies in person.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

yeah….I worked for the SOB. He got my resignation.

Limerick on December 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Pass the pudding!! More popcorn!!

I’m almost hoping this doesn’t pass…

Khun Joe on December 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM

I heard Michelle Bachmann said the Tea Party people might not support the deal because of the unemployment benefits. I have my doubts about this, surely the deal will go through. If it does not nothing else gets done and all the taxes go up in Jan…then the new Congress will come in and try to undo it.

Terrye on December 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Pass the pudding!! More popcorn!!
I’m almost hoping this doesn’t pass…
Khun Joe on December 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Either way, we win, and “Teh One” looks even more feckless.

Iblis on December 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Terrye on December 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

The TeaParty needs to wake the hell up and realize that Meade didn’t pursue Lee from Gettysburg not because he didn’t want to.

Limerick on December 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I am loving this. This is the first serious meltdown for the guy. More to come as the House defunds his legacy socialized medicine boondoggle.

FireBlogger on December 7, 2010 at 6:05 PM

This just gets better every day: first, the dimmies are unable to turn their super-majority into anything but the enemy of the people… now, they’re fighting with each other like a bunch of middle-school girls.
What next?!?!?! I can’t wait!!!!

n0doz on December 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM

FireBlogger on December 7, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Couldn’t agree more! He looks like a pizzy, petulant child: “They stole my toys! What was I supposed to do?”

Chewy the Lab on December 7, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I think he’s heading for a total meltdown. And not at the feet of MO’s chocolate fountain (that is hidden in her bedroom).

Key West Reader on December 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This guy Obama is nothing but a parasite

deedtrader on December 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Right now American businesses are being held hostage not politicians. The politicos are our captors.

Mojave Mark on December 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I heard Michelle Bachmann said the Tea Party people might not support the deal because of the unemployment benefits. I have my doubts about this, surely the deal will go through. If it does not nothing else gets done and all the taxes go up in Jan…then the new Congress will come in and try to undo it.

Terrye on December 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

If anybody in the GOP tries to block this now they are insane. The Dems own this disaster if congressional Dems block it after Obama and GOP cut a deal. Don’t give Dems and the media an opportunity to say GOP is holding it up.

Mark1971 on December 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

At the beginning of the presser, BHO spoke of how he had the American people behind him. His proof was the recent polls that showed Americans favored a middle class tax cut only. Nobody has brought up the fact that the American people were AGAINST ObamaCare in all the polls, but the DemRats still pushed that mess through Congress.

Any conflicts here??

ny59giants on December 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

“it would be necessary to put all Dems in congress on a suicide watch, because there would be no bargaining chips.”
We will happily watch them while reading their DNR orders,You Betcha!

Col.John Wm. Reed on December 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Guy is a man of faith. All bad.

curved space on December 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

If Reid is talking about renegotiating it means only 1 thing…..DREAM.

And the GOP will cave in on it. As soon as I heard “Compromise” yesterday I knew DREAM would be part of it.

This compromise has gone from awful to downright insane for the GOP.

angryed on December 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I thought Chucky Todd was going to throw a shoe at BHO…

d1carter on December 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I hope everyone knows that if this deal falls apart the stock market is going to crash.

Bill C on December 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

No it won’t. Stock markets don’t crash because of tax policy that has been known for years is going to happen.

On the other hand when 3 million people get to stay on the govt dole for another 3 years, well that might harm the economy just a weeeee bit don’t you think?

angryed on December 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Drama Queen!

Chudi

marinetbryant on December 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

At the beginning of the presser, BHO spoke of how he had the American people behind him. His proof was the recent polls that showed Americans favored a middle class tax cut only.
ny59giants on December 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I missed that poll I guess. I thought people were pretty solid that raising taxes on any body during a recession was stupid. I think it’s stupid.

petunia on December 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM

George Costanza: “I’m gonna’ need some pie overe here!”

Mr_Magoo on December 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM

The most interesting thing about Obama’s “hostage” remarks is that we’re finally seeing a Democrat forced to admit that Bush’s Tax Cuts… weren’t only for the rich.

Egg Meets Face.

Murf76 on December 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Looks like the left is falling apart.

Hey! Wasn’t it the conservatives who where DOOMED in 2008?

GarandFan on December 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Why would The One push it out there before giving Nancy a heads up?

“I won”

NoFanofLibs on December 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Looks like TOTUS got Barry all “wee wee’d up again.”

JoePa for POTUS on December 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

So the minority Pubs have taken hostage when the Dems have all the control? Hmmm.

CWforFreedom on December 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Silver lining here for The One: By alienating both righties and lefties, he’s finally fulfilled the promise of post-partisanship from Campaign 2008. Great work, champ!

He misses the independents’ ‘love’. Keep yearning.

Why would The One push it out there before giving Nancy a heads up?

To let the witch know that he still guides the broom.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

So the minority Pubs have taken hostage when the Dems have all the control? Hmmm.

CWforFreedom on December 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

No, Obama got a huge ‘nother stimulus bill. McConnell should go home, soon.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Well, now we know what we have to do to get Obama to help America. Obama said that the Republicans are “hostage takers” and that “the hostage was the American people.” We (the American people) overwhelmingly voted Republican. Therefore, the American people had to take themselves hostage to stop huge tax hikes and prolonging the recession!

nickn07 on December 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Uh, ah, he speaks of “Republican’s economic doctrine, the ‘no taxes for the wealthy’ holy grail” – he is clueless on all economic matters.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Implosions are great fun, aren’t they?

Philly on December 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM

If Reid is talking about renegotiating it means only 1 thing…..DREAM.
angryed on December 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM

100% correct. Obama et al are fully aware of GOP lack of nerve. I wouldn’t be surprised if the GOP even preemptively volunteers to go belly up for the DREAM Act.

This script was written before anybody opened their mouth or took a single action. The GOP is chronically, predictably, sickeningly unable to hold firm on convictions and weather media criticism in pursuit of a goal. Though operating from a position of complete strength, coming off a historic election and show of public support, and with time on their side and no reason to rush into any compromise, they will once again lose their bladders in the name of “bipartisanship.”

rrpjr on December 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Tell the drama queen Pelosi she can read the Obama tax bill after they pass it. She will like what is in it.

Isn’t that what she said about Obamascare?

seven on December 7, 2010 at 7:17 PM

If Reid is talking about renegotiating it means only 1 thing…..DREAM.
angryed on December 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Go ahead. Make my day.

pedestrian on December 7, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Piglosi is trying to distance herself.

I’m gonna buy stock in popcorn! :D

ladyingray on December 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Hey Pelosi…we won!

royzer on December 7, 2010 at 7:31 PM

So let me get this straight. The “hostage” taking President and his party who took us all hostage on a garbage Health care bill, no matter that we didn’t want it, is having a temper tantrum?

Yet, Americans are likely to be stupid and put this “2 year old” back in office. Go figure.

Noelie on December 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM

The R’s are about to be tossed under the bus. They thought this deal was done and it will go up in smoke right in front of their faces. Zero doesn’t deal from the top of the deck. At least they learned their lessons early.

Kissmygrits on December 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Watching this unfold leaves me speechless about the competency of Obama, and quite frankly the entire political establishment we have running our country. I have no faith left for these people. The Liberals are as anti-American as any enemy I’ve seen in my lifetime, and the Republicans are lost on the yellow brick road trying to find their way to the wizard of Oz so they can ask for some balls; whoops I mean courage.

Effing disgusting, the lot of them.

Keemo on December 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM

rrpjr on December 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I want my 72 hours to read the bill – NO WAIT
I want my Congressman and Senator to read the bill – NO WAIT

WTH, let’s just go with the program.
I feel like an Indian dealing with the two faced white man.

What a clusterf**k.
2012 can’t come soon enough.
America is watching.

seesalrun on December 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM

And remember, McConnell went out and praised Obama yesterday. This is how stupid and naive these people are. Even after almost 2 years they still don’t understand the nature of this guy or the Left. What would it possibly take?

If they’d been able to anticipate the Left’s breakdown, they might have had a strategy to exploit it. But nothing.

The Left is despicable, the Right simply pathetic.

rrpjr on December 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I recently had a Liberal family member ask me (not so nicely) why I call Liberals anti-American… I simply told her that Liberals are anti-Constitution and the American Constitution is what makes America. She started with the typical bullshit, but the constitution should be changed with the times, crap. I told her if she really believes that bull then she’s anti-American and should have enough character to admit it; the founding documents define our country and our way of life because they are principles and values that simply don’t change because technology changes.

She told me to go (F) myself and that it would be another 20 years before she saw me again. Classy people these Liberals, even those in the family.

Keemo on December 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM

The tone’s the difference between him and Billy Jeff. Billy Jeff actually was a fairly likable guy; I’m assuming that even his political opponents (Newt Gingrich) liked him. And when he got outsmarted by the Republicans he was either pretty convivial about the necessary compromise or was able to find a way to outsmart them with a smile. Obama is, on the other hand, a petulant brat who is throwing a temper tantrum because Boehner and McConnell outplayed him on this issue. He had Congress.. if he wanted to extend only certain tax cuts, he could have done so in 2009. Why not make it part of the stimulus bill? Heck why not cut the payroll taxes then instead of dumping money into unnecessary make work projects?

As a side note, snaps to the Republicans for playing their hand in a smart, smart way. Waiting until the lame duck session was smart politics; it put Obama into a corner.. he could either deal with the Republicans or wait until the January session and risk having to veto a extension of all the tax cuts because it included the upper rates. Also, putting all the bills except the budgetary ones on hold was great. Nobody, except Obama’s base, cares about repealing DADT or the Dream Act, so the Republicans couldn’t really be painted as obstructionists.

Illinidiva on December 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

She told me to go (F) myself and that it would be another 20 years before she saw me again. Classy people these Liberals, even those in the family.

Keemo on December 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Ya know – we conservative knuckledraggers could certainly learn all about tolerance from our liberal friends and family.

tru2tx on December 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

This is why people use resume’s. I can’t think of anyone less qualified for this job or any other position of responsibility than this whiny dork.

RadClown on December 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I just spent an interesting few minutes on Kos.

The Dems are convinced this thing will never pass.

Until I read that, I thought the unemployment extension was way too much to give up. But… now seeing it from the other side, they that is actually a win for the GOP too. Now, the GOP doesn’t have the bad press of protesting it every three months then passing it anyway.

Which is the only thing the press ever says bad about the GOP… or the Tea Party…

Hmmm. The world sure looks different over there.

They were still wondering where you get 60 votes for this. I guess they forget there are actually 41 Republicans and the President only needs 10 Dems to pass it. They think someone on their side will filibuster. I think not.

I do wonder if Reid and Pelosi have to put it up for a vote if they don’t want to. Could it be stopped that way?

Also, the lefties are saying that Obama’s new tax cut is a trap… he will have to extend it to get re-elected so it is going to be permanent.

I think the $100 a month or so is not going to make much difference either in stimulus or popularity.

But the lefties think it is a trick by the GOP to sabotage SS and get rid of it for good.

It’s a trap because we hate Social Security, because we are all independently wealthy, and make more than $250,000, and are just interested in cutting our own taxes and taking money from old people. Because we hate old people.

I think that about covers it. Lefties are really not very smart.

petunia on December 7, 2010 at 8:19 PM

All of this and the past two years is what happens when a boy leaves his toys and goes to a man’s (euphamistically speaking of course)world to do a man’s job.

Silly boy…..tricks are for kids!

J.

JohnnyMojo on December 7, 2010 at 8:25 PM

The Left is despicable, the Right simply pathetic.

rrpjr on December 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I think pathetic would be a step up. Michelle Bachman and DeMint were on Hugh Hewitts’ show and they weren’t happy. None of the new 80 house members were consulted. Bachman said that O will probably raise the cap on SS, so essentially we’re still getting screwed. The House also named several chairmen and they’re all good ole boys, including Spencer Bachus, a big critic of SP and that goon that banned the light bulb. We worked so hard for what? The same old spineless behavior.

TxAnn56 on December 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Somebody needs to call in a community organizer and have him/her organize the democrats.

SouthernGent on December 7, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Ya know – we conservative knuckledraggers could certainly learn all about tolerance from our liberal friends and family.

tru2tx on December 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

LOL.. It always amazes me how Liberals refuse to debate/argue like adults.. When they get backed up against a wall of truth, they always break out the FU and either walk away or start acting so crazy the conversation has no other choice but to end.

Keemo on December 7, 2010 at 8:36 PM

I would like to remind you all now that I predicted ages ago Obama’s a hair’s breadth away from a complete and catastrophic public meltdown. Like volcanoes before big eruptions, these bitter pressers are the signals the big boom is on its way…

englishqueen01 on December 7, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Channeling Schadenfreude:

Ineptitude is indignant.

hillbillyjim on December 7, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I feel an epic Charlie-Foxtrot in the making…

Obama makes deal and doesn’t coordinate with Reid or Pelosi, so they can save face by standing up for the Left. But the Left will be without the House and wounded in the Senate and have a President they can’t depend on after the Public Option died and he dared, dared, to make an agreement with R’s.

From historic to histrionic in two short years.

And the fun is not over yet!

ajacksonian on December 7, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I just saw a car w/ a bunch of liberal bumper stickers, but the “Obama ’08″ sticker was covered over by an “I Love Mountains” sticker. Sign of the times.

IU_Conservative on December 7, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Indeed, hillbillyjim, unfortunately on both sides. However, delusions are indignant on the left. Love it.

For some reason, climate change legislation and health care seemed to be more important than sticking to a focus on the economy through 2009 and into 2010. It might be a while before voters forgive the president and the remaining Democrats in Congress for that.

One of the more interesting things that seems to be happening behind the scenes among Republican leaders in both the House and Senate is their focus on the mistakes made by the Republican majorities after their takeover in 1994.

The freshmen and some of the younger Republicans certainly have their hubris, but the leaders seem to know that they scored an unearned run in this election and that they have been given an opportunity that they probably didn’t deserve. Nonetheless, they are determined not to blow it.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I tell ya, Barry must have been a real prize growing up.

Dusty on December 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM

His daddy taught him that.

SouthernGent on December 7, 2010 at 8:48 PM

So many new billions from the left and from the right… The taxpayer has been raped, again, by both sides.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

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