WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

posted at 12:15 pm on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s time for another pass-the-popcorn moment in the unfolding drama that Barack Obama unleashed by cutting a deal with Republicans on tax rates.  Both sides gave ground on hotly-defended principles, and neither side is entirely happy at the result.  But Politico argues that Obama himself may have sought out a fight with the progressive wing on Capitol Hill, and that sources within the White House are happy to have this split:

Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have never been worse, but it’s a feud that many in the White House quietly welcome.

Obama’s advisers insist he didn’t go out of his way to pick a fight with fellow Democrats when he cut his highly controversial deal with Republicans to temporarily extend all Bush-era tax cuts earlier this week. But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them, but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.

Differentiating Obama from congressional Democrats “was a positive byproduct” of the tax cut deal, a person close to Obama told POLITICO.

“Compared to these guys, the president looks mature and pragmatic,” added the official.

Well, he did, until Obama decided to call his opponents (the Republicans in this case) “hostage takers.”  Not only was that amateurish and petulant, it was the opposite of pragmatic.  After all, this was his deal as well as the GOP’s, and most expected Obama to frame it as a positive step forward — if not on tax policy, then at least as an attempt to defuse “the entire partisan culture,” as Glenn Thrush puts it.  Instead, Obama blamed Republicans for the deal he made and made it an even more partisan culture as a result.

But that was just the appetizer.  According to Thrush’s source, Obama decided to cut a deal with Mitch McConnell three weeks ago after meeting with his own party’s leadership team from Congress.  That meeting told Obama that current leadership on Capitol Hill was useless:

One administration official told POLITICO that Obama was so dispirited after his Nov. 18th meeting with the Democratic leadership that he decided, then and there, to place his faith in direct talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“The point is the House and Senate [leadership] has proven they are incapable of getting things done,” the official said.

That would be Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — the two people most responsible for shoving his ObamaCare through a reluctant Congress and down the throats of an angry American electorate.  Both, and especially Pelosi, locked the GOP out of any real role in shaping legislation or any real access to the agenda over the last two years.  Both retained their leadership posts despite a disastrous midterm cycle, an outcome at least tacitly supported by Obama himself.   Obama is suddenly shocked, shocked to discover that the pair doesn’t play well in the sandbox with others?

At last, Obama has found common ground with the rest of America, which has no confidence in Pelosi or Reid, either.  His attempts to distance himself from progressive Democrats will be problematic since he is obviously a progressive himself, but also because calling his opponents “hostage takers” and his allies incompetent is less like bipartisanship and more like immaturity.  That still leaves him eligible for the Captain Louis Renault award:


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A Balrog of Morgoth on December 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

IMAGINE, what could have been accomplished had our POTUS not waited 21 months to meet with Sen. McConnell?

He was too busy reminding us “he won”. And now, he’s proven himself worthless.

originalpechanga on December 8, 2010 at 12:18 PM

What an oaf! Considering that Pelosi did the heavy lifting on his “signature achievement” …

gh on December 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Both sides gave ground on hotly-defended principles, and neither side is entirely happy at the result.

I wonder if “both sides” fully understand that the American public doesn’t give a rat’s rear end who gave ground where. They just want both the tax cut and the unemployment benefit issues off the front page for the time being.

Yeah, I know. That wouldn’t be much fun to accede to the public’s wishes, eh?

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Under the bus! Triangulation, Chicago style!

rrpjr on December 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Community organizer divides and polarizes own community.

petefrt on December 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

So what? No one else does either.

Eren on December 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

…but it’s the republicans who are in disarray during their internal civil war…

Rebar on December 8, 2010 at 12:21 PM

But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them, but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.

This is all theater, staged to make Obama look centrist.

Missy on December 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Though I will say this: Obama is apparently so stuck on mid-’90s political thought that he’s willing to be as public as possible about “Triangulation.” I wonder if he realizes this isn’t the mid-’90s, and that the Dem base (much like the GOP base in ’08) can pretty much tell him to get his reelection help from The Other.

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Now that Democrats are criticizing Obama, do we get to call them Racists?

Drained Brain on December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Always looking out for #1, that’s PBHO.

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Triangulation, 1994 – Work with both parties.

Triangulation 2010 – P*ss off both parties.

joejm65 on December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

It’s spin. The Democrat civil war is now out in the open. I really don’t think he’ll attract enough indies to push him over 2012 by dissing his base — he’s just too incompetent on a raft of other issues.

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Barry continues on his present course, he will isolate himself in the White House for the next two years.

As for the current ‘leadership’ of the Democrats in Congress, more power to them. The longer they continue to ‘lead’, the better conservative chances become in 2012 to throw them all out on their progressive asses.

GarandFan on December 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

This is all theater, staged to make Obama look centrist.

Missy on December 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

And to preserve the fund-raising bona fides of leading liberals by keeping their fingerprints off the deal.

pedestrian on December 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM

His attempts to distance himself from progressive Democrats will be problematic since he is obviously a progressive himself, but also because calling his opponents “hostage takers” and his allies incompetent is less like bipartisanship and more like immaturity.

1) Is this an attempt to make Dear Liar appear “moderate?” He’s not going to get the Clintonian triangulation thing.

2) The Whine is the college freshman president. Still very immature, yet thinks He knows everything.

rbj on December 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Looks like Blacks will be the last constituency standing for Barry.

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

Yeah, it’s sort of like Obama’s attack on Wall Street and financial institutions after they were huge donors to his campaign.

And the wheels on the bus go round and round……….

katablog.com on December 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

PBHO is kind of like a god-figure, above it all and telling the juveniles to put aside their childish ways.

Then he throws a tantrum, pouts, takes his ball and goes home, whining all the way.

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

The Democrat leadership hasn’t changed, but the situation has. I guess he can’t cope with that.

forest on December 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

The American people have no confidence right now in the WH or the Dems

ConservativePartyNow on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

You know why the Republicans went to Obama instead of the House and Senate Leadership? Because when push comes to shove, Obama lets himself get rolled every time. He is by far the weakest willed of the three; does anyone think Pelosi or Reid would have let that much through, if at all? the Republicans performed a master-stroke by presenting them a fait-accompli, and created the Obama meltdown with the very same act. Brilliant politics.

JeffWeimer on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Watch out Reid and Pelosi your main man just found some new material. Blaming Bush is finally put to rest.

fourdeucer on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them, but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.

The more democrats scream right now the better for Obama.
He is all about himself and shoring up the Independents that he has lost.

He knows the sheep that make up his left wing base will jump up and down in the middle of the room screaming and whining….but in the end will still vote for him.

Baxter Greene on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Obama is so post-partisan that he doesn’t even like his own party.

I think Obama is going to regret that “hostage taker” quip for the next two years. All he had to do was be magnanimous and he could have restored a little bit of goodwill with the party that will run capitol hill for the next 2 years. Instead he stupidly insults them because he didn’t want to be held responsible for the “tax cuts for the rich”.

Mord on December 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

His attempts to distance himself from progressive Democrats will be problematic since he is obviously a progressive himself,

err..what? I thought he was a “blue dog democrat”…?/

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them, but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.

He truly is the Messiah.

He can distance himself from himself.

fogw on December 8, 2010 at 12:32 PM

This is all theater, staged to make Obama look centrist.

Missy on December 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

didn’t work though, after the presser yesterday. If he would have actually sold it instead of complaining about it and the Republicans he made the deal with, then maybe.

JeffWeimer on December 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM

His attempts to distance himself from progressive Democrats will be problematic since he is obviously a progressive himself, but also because calling his opponents “hostage takers” and his allies incompetent is less like bipartisanship and more like immaturity

The Country Without A Man

ICBM on December 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM

If POTUS Obama suddenly sees a refuge in the political center, he’s going to find it mighty lonely. The single greatest feature of American politics in the last 20 years has been the slow demise of the pragmatic center. The short-sighted narrow-focussed political utilitarianism that’s gotten us to the edge of the cliff, is now the province of a shrinking minority that won’t provide a basis for anything more potent than an annoying spoiler.
Good Luck, Mr. President, you’re going to need it!

Lew on December 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Now that Democrats are criticizing Obama, do we get to call them Racists?

Drained Brain on December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Heh!!!!
…It’s past time for liberals to refer to him as “Chickenhawk” also.

Baxter Greene on December 8, 2010 at 12:34 PM

This goes back to what I said yesterday on this issue.

This SHOULD be a slam dunk for the President. Not only is he pushing forth a bipartisan compromise, but with liberal pushback he appears pragmatic.

Sadly, in order for pragmatic triangulation to work, you cannot publically demonize the very people you reached an agreement with and call them “hostage takers.” In addition, while it is ok to be at odds with your own base and have them push back against you (especially since their pushback will make you look like less of an ideolouge), you cannot verbally PUSH BACK too hard against them, and under no circumstances can you just outright chastise your own party or base in public by calling them hypocrtically “sanctimonious.”

If you demonize both your left and your right, especially when you have a TRACK RECORD of being rather partisan yourself, Independent voters (such as me) will not find you to be pragmatic, but rather weak and bush-league in your approach.

Own the compromise, SMILE about it, CARE about the misgivings, and NEVER NEVER NEVER demonize… leave that for others to do in order to seem like you are above the pack as opposed to apart of it.

That is Clinton 101, and so far President Obama, despite a golden oppurtunity, is failing.

Indy82 on December 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Baxter Greene on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I see we have another person who thinks mid’-90s “triangulation” can work in an era of near 10% unemployment and a president who gives off the appearance of being a rather passive person.

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Wow. Mr. Community Organizer in Chief seems to be alienating just about everyone in his little community. It almost sounds like he doesn’t give a damn either. Well this could be a good thing, thumbing his nose at the arrogant elitists Pelosi and Reid, but calling republicans hostage takers isn’t going to help him either. Interesting to see what happens next.

scalleywag on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Well, he did, until Obama decided to call his opponents (the Republicans in this case) “hostage takers.”

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Triangulation doesn’t work when you’ve painted yourself into a corner – give Bill Clinton credit for this. He was never this stupid.

Obama and his minions have made concrete promises that they’re not able to keep, mostly because they’re all unrealistic.

Welcome to the real world, where pigs do not fly.

bloghooligan on December 8, 2010 at 12:40 PM

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Considering we’re in the middle of a war on terror, and considering past and present stances on negotiating with actual terrorists, I’m inclined to think that Obama isn’t getting hammered enough for his terrible choice of words.

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Reid might be thinking it would have been better if he had lost reelection, at least he wouldn’t have the humiliation of being the first Senate Majority Leader to control a minority of Senators.

amazingmets on December 8, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Both, and especially Pelosi, locked the GOP out of any real role in shaping legislation or any real access to the agenda over the last two years.

The original hostage takers.

At last, Obama has found common ground with the rest of America, which has no confidence in Pelosi or Reid, either. His attempts to distance himself from progressive Democrats will be problematic since he is obviously a progressive himself, but also because calling his opponents “hostage takers” and his allies incompetent is less like bipartisanship and more like immaturity.

I can’t tell you how disgusted I was at hearing those words yesterday. What lil leeway he gave himself, at showing confidence to the American people, that he’s willing to compromise, is now gone. Because if each, and every issue that is brought by compromise, is followed by trashing Republicans, and petty , childish name calling….he’s done!!!

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 12:45 PM

From crr6:

“Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.”

Being as objective as I can be, yes… it is necessary to mark that as un-presidential.

For starters, it amounts to amateurish namecalling, which is NOT something this President said he would be about. Secondly, by showing he is not “above the pack,” he hurts himself in the eyes of swing voters. Lastly (and most importantly), it is very classless, even in a figure of speech, to compare law-abiding American citizens of any party to terrorists when we are living in a post 9/11 world.

If Sherrod Brown was dismayed last night on CNN for being called sanctimonious, certaintly the Republicans have a right to be dismayed for being labeled as terrorists, no?

Indy82 on December 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Triangulation doesn’t work when you’ve painted yourself into a corner – give Bill Clinton credit for this. He was never this stupid.

Obama and his minions have made concrete promises that they’re not able to keep, mostly because they’re all unrealistic.

Welcome to the real world, where pigs do not fly.

bloghooligan on December 8, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I agree. billy jeff astutely ALWAYS gave himself maneuver room, except when he was in the vicinity of blue dresses.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Haha, I bet that sentiment cuts both ways.

dczombie on December 8, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I realize that explaining anything to this one is about as rewarding as talking to a wall but, here we go…

Nobody is freaking out, sitepest.

I will refrain from outlining in detail the four-dimensional galactic scale hypocrisy of the sitepest.

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 8, 2010 at 12:48 PM

So, this is his Sister Souljah moment?

Wow, Clinton just took on some no-name radical rap artist. Obama’s taking on the Democratic congressional leadership.

SteveMG on December 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

It’s a lie.

Who did the republicans take hostage by wanting to keep the Bush tax cuts for everyone?

Barry’s trying to make people forget he fell through on his campaign promise not to extend the Bush tax cuts. So he’s got to blurt out something controversial to change the subject and make his cult followers forget he has turned into George W. Bush II.

fogw on December 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Tell that to Daniel Pearl’s wife and children

ConservativePartyNow on December 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

I do believe that the term “Democratic leadership” falls under the category of “oxymoron”.

Or, in the case of Pelosi, a “per-oxided moron”.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM

byron york or someone else recently quipped that using the left as a base of support is described by an ancient chinese proverb: “Once you’ve climbed on a tiger and ridden it, you can never get off.”

I think obama is learning that lesson right now.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Would it be a figure of speech had Dubya said that about the democrats?

SHARPTOOTH on December 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

This is all theater, staged to make Obama look centrist.

Missy on December 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Yep. All part of the 2012 strategy.

a capella on December 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Triangulation, 1994 – Work with both parties.

Triangulation 2010 – P*ss off both parties.

joejm65 on December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

^^^This.

cthulhu on December 8, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Yeah…so is “d0uchebag.”

Dopenstrange on December 8, 2010 at 1:04 PM

His problem is, that after two years of cramming his own socialist ideology down Americans’ throats, for him to unveil this tax cut compromise at the ninth hour, appears to be an act of desperation. Conservatives and Independents don’t trust him. And the people who have built him up as their messiah, the Nutroot base and his own political party, are grief-stricken and disillusioned to the point of near-riotous anger.

Sho’ ’nuff hate it for them. Pass the popcorn.

kingsjester on December 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Well, he did, until Obama decided to call his opponents (the Republicans in this case) “hostage takers.”
Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Words mean things, so HELL YES IT MATTERS!!crr6, you are such a troll…

Khun Joe on December 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Then he throws a tantrum, pouts, takes his ball and goes home, whining all the way.

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Promises, promises! I bet you he doesn’t do it.

belad on December 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Considering we’re in the middle of a war on terror, and considering past and present stances on negotiating with actual terrorists, I’m inclined to think that Obama isn’t getting hammered enough for his terrible choice of words.

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM

On the other hand, the administration of the Bamster is moving away from calling real terrorists, -terrorists: Obama Officials Now Referring to Hezbollah Terrorist Organization As the “Armed Resistance”

Down is up and up is down, in Bammie-World.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 1:07 PM

byron york or someone else recently quipped that using the left as a base of support is described by an ancient chinese proverb: “Once you’ve climbed on a tiger and ridden it, you can never get off.”

I think obama is learning that lesson right now.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Funny. I was told back in grade school that quote came from writer Claude Balls.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter. I have a dream – just words words. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal – just words. We have nothing to fear but fear itself – just words, just speeches… Don’t tell me words don’t matter!”

:)

Fallon on December 8, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Funny. I was told back in grade school that quote came from writer Claude Balls.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM

you may be right?!?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Obama just can’t stop blaming someone, anyone for just about anything and everything. Like a criticized 7th grade girl, Obama name calls in retribution.

Since he gets no traction blaming Bush anymore, Obama resorts to his one-trick pony tactic…

when Obama gets criticized, Obama assigns blame.

marybel on December 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

I tell ya, NOTHING gets past this guy.

Lily on December 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM

So, this is his Sister Souljah moment?

Wow, Clinton just took on some no-name radical rap artist. Obama’s taking on the Democratic congressional leadership.

SteveMG on December 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM

A prissy whining and name calling of the people around you is not the same a calling out a specific negative impact of a cultural icon.

pedestrian on December 8, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Well this time O’s in the mainstream. Few people have confidence in the leadership on the Hill.

jeanie on December 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I agree. billy jeff astutely ALWAYS gave himself maneuver room, except when he was in the vicinity of blue dresses.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Oh, he just switched from maneuver room to oscillation room.

Remember that we saw Bill’s grades and know he’s smart.

turfmann on December 8, 2010 at 1:24 PM

What a ham-handed, transparent attempt at triangulation. It is truly pathetic to watch this little man try to “move to the middle” when he hasn’t a clue what the middle is. Bill Clinton could pull this off because he had roots in middle America, knew some regular folks, had been to a lifetime of Fourth of July parades and Christmas pageants at the local church. This Obama guy is so completely clueless about the country he presides over that every effort he makes to appear like an ordinary middle class guy who’s pissed off at the out-of-control federal government ends up looking like a prissy boy trying to pretend he likes football. Stop it, already. Just stop.

Rational Thought on December 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

When two year olds are in charge.

tarpon on December 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

The WH can be completely confident of one thing…the little weasel Harry is up to his old tricks already

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46095.html

scalleywag on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill in DC

There, fixed it.

Obama, don’t be shy. You are one of the Dem leadership threesome.

Sir Napsalot on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

And vice-versa I’m sure.

RalphyBoy on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Looks like Blacks will be the last constituency standing for Barry.

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

And unions. They don’t care about tax rates as long as the govt funds keep flowing in.

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Aw, Nanzi and BHO have had a bust up…!

d1carter on December 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Let me guess. When Bush was being pilloried, and crucified, you didn’t stand up, and say…is it really necessary to bash this man? I doubt it. You joined in the witch hunt, and offered your own derrogatory comments. Right?

Hypocrisy knows no boundaries.

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Junior has been able to talk his way through anything or vote “present”. In his incurious arrogance, he thinks he really doesn’t have to learn new things or think much about what he thinks. As Richard Epstein, who worked at Chi Law with him, he had great skill at “intellectual poker”, keeping his real thoughts and ideas hidden. The downside is he didn’t have an opportunity to engage anyone and test himself. That, sometime, would have meant losing a fight, and Junior doesn’t have the maturity for that.

Well, now he is losing a fight, bigtime and publicly, and he is mad at everyone that he can’t just wave a fly whisk and say “get on with it, chaps”. He is confronting his own shallowness, perhaps for the first time in his life, and having his face rubbed in it. No more “rock star” and “lightworker” accolades. Talking and ducking, the only skills he has, aren’t working. He got a bloody lip at hoops (I would bet his first such injury in life) and now a series of bloody noses on the political stage, culminating in conspiring with “hotage takers” and “bomb thowers” to endorse a policy he personally hates THAT WAS CRAFTED BY GW BUSH.

It’s one thing when the Russians and Norks make you out for a weenie, but to endorse a policy from the Great Satan Bush? Epic impotence. That has to hurt. No wonder he looks so irked. Can you imagine what Michelle and Billy Ayers and Wright are saying to him?

Harry Schell on December 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Smoke and mirrors. This has Axelrod’s fingerprints all over it. Try as you might, guys, but no one is ever going to see your boy as anything other than a shrilly partisan ideologue until the day he leaves this world.

But yeah, pass the popcorn. Buttered, please. ;o)

NoLeftTurn on December 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Fox says House dems are scheming to keep the plan from being brought to the floor. Talk about cutting O’s nuts off, call Jesse Jackson. If he can’t even get his deal to the floor in the lame duck, he might as well quit today, because his presidency is over, neutered before the GOP even takes over the House. No way he’ll have the strength to take Boenher.

Curmudgeon on December 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

WH source says Obama has no confidence in Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill

So he’s becoming more in tune with the American public?

malclave on December 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Narcissists are always the victims. Always. Hence poor Barry was caught in the middle between terrorist hostage takers and sanctimonious hypocrits demanding carved in stone purity. I’m all verklempt for poor Barry. He’s just trying to do it for the children… I mean the American people.

JimP on December 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM

You know why the Republicans went to Obama instead of the House and Senate Leadership? Because when push comes to shove, Obama lets himself get rolled every time. He is by far the weakest willed of the three; does anyone think Pelosi or Reid would have let that much through, if at all? the Republicans performed a master-stroke by presenting them a fait-accompli, and created the Obama meltdown with the very same act. Brilliant politics.

JeffWeimer on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Exactly! – which is also why we need to take a long and careful look at the START treaty: Russia probably rolled the idiot-boy, too.

Adjoran on December 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Cry of racism in, 5…4…3…

ndanielson on December 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Well, he did, until Obama decided to call his opponents (the Republicans in this case) “hostage takers.”

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Is negotiating with “hostage takers” a figure of speech, too?

ndanielson on December 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Is it really necessary to freak out over that? It’s just a figure of speech.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Yep, sure, you betcha. You can’t refudiate that.

ndanielson on December 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Let me guess. When Bush was being pilloried, and crucified, you didn’t stand up, and say…is it really necessary to bash this man? I doubt it. You joined in the witch hunt, and offered your own derrogatory comments. Right?

Hypocrisy knows no boundaries.

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Congrats on formulating, and then condemning an instance of hypocrisy entirely within your own head.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Let me guess. When Bush was being pilloried, and crucified, you didn’t stand up, and say…is it really necessary to bash this man? I doubt it. You joined in the witch hunt, and offered your own derrogatory comments. Right?

Hypocrisy knows no boundaries.

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Congrats on formulating, and then condemning an instance of hypocrisy entirely within your own head.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

It wasn’t entirely within capejamine’s head, some how, the exact scenario formed in my head, too. How did capejasmine manage that?

ndanielson on December 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

What a total piece of crap this president is. These two fools (Reid and Pelosi) did what he asked and bulldozed his health care bill through Congress with very little congressional oversight. Yesterday he was whining because his base doesn’t appreciate that huge accomplishment, and today he says Pelosi and Reid have proven themselves incapable of getting anything done.

It’s time for the Democrat party to throw Obama under the bus.

Dee2008 on December 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have never been worse, but it’s a feud that many in the White House quietly welcome.

We also welcome this.

But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them, but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.

We couldn’t agree more.

Another drink for me please.

Thank You!!!

antisocial on December 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM

He’s smarter than everybody. He’s a genius. Unless he does it, it doesn’t get done. He knows more than everybody. He knows more than his advisors. He’s Teh Won. He’s Teh Mon. Obama the Brilliant. Obama the Wise. Obama the Know it All!

SilentWatcher on December 8, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Don’t you recognize kabuki theater when it jumps up and bites? It’s all planned out. The Democrats will lard the compromise with so much impossible junk that it won’t get passed. They’ve already started.

{^_^}

herself on December 9, 2010 at 4:34 AM

President Obama is experiencing the problem any person who has been told they are the Messiah for years and finds that there are some who do not agree with him – egomania is self induced and left unchecked changes to paranoia.

MSGTAS on December 9, 2010 at 8:55 AM