Senior WH official: Obama’s GOP outreach is a big waste of time designed to impress the media

posted at 12:01 pm on March 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Look surprised.

“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

Another said the president was sincerely trying to find common ground with stubborn Republicans. “But if we do it,” the aide hastened, “it won’t be because we had steaks and Merlot with a few senators.”…

This was predictable. The White House was warned by Democratic allies in Congress and on K Street that, fair or not, voters ultimately punish presidents for malfeasance in Washington. Even more jarring than Obama’s lack of engagement was his public protestations that there was nothing he could do to strike a deal with the GOP. “It made him look weak,” said a Democratic strategist with close ties to the White House. “It made him look – can I used this word? – impotent.”

So he painted himself into a corner, not unlike the way the White House did when it canceled public tours: If you’re going to pretend that you’re out of options, be prepared to have your critics look very closely to see if they can find others. In O’s case, one unexplored option was obvious, especially in light of his dwindling approval rating. He had to try harder to make nice with Republicans. So that’s what he’s doing — sort of. The Times has another revealing quote buried deep down in an article this morning but salvaged by the Blaze:

Aides say Mr. Obama will continue his outreach even if the phone calls and other overtures can “feel fake to him,” in the words of one associate.

But what if O really does want a grand bargain? Tom Coburn, who told the Times that Obama’s “really a neat guy” when you get to know him, also told “Meet the Press” two days ago that he thinks O’s sincere about all this. But that raises a question, via the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes: If Obama’s strategy for his second term is to spend the next 18 months trying to weaken the GOP and then take back the House in 2014, why would he ever make a giant budget deal with them now?

As the Washington Post reported earlier this month, Obama intends “to articulate for the American electorate his own feelings — an exasperation with an opposition party that blocks even the most politically popular elements of his agenda.” Then, having secured control of Congress, the president can consolidate and build on his implementation of the progressive agenda he began in his first term and laid out in his second inaugural and most recent State of the Union Address.

A grand bargain with Republicans makes such a case impossible. The president won’t agree to any deal without additional “revenues” of some kind. If Republicans were to be a part of any such compromise, something that would overshadow his other potential policy accomplishments, it would be difficult for the president to suggest that they’re simply obstructionist ideologues.

It’s far more likely that the real target of President Obama’s “charm offensive” isn’t Republicans but the journalists who cover such matters. It’s a bank shot. By “reaching out” to Republicans, he is attempting to position himself as the “reasonable” party in Washington even if his big ask—additional revenues—is something Republicans already gave him as part of the fiscal cliff deal.

Good point, but let me play devil’s advocate. What if Obama’s already concluded that Democrats have next to no chance of retaking the House next year? A month ago, he was flying high. His job approval was still solid, if only because he was still in his post-reelection honeymoon period with voters. Schumer and Coburn were working on a deal on background checks, which might give gun control some momentum in Congress. Rubio was busy selling the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan to conservatives, which would end up chiefly benefiting the president’s party if it passed. OFA was gearing up to mobilize support for O’s agenda among the voters who reelected him. And the GOP had just caved on new revenues in the fiscal-cliff deal and might be willing to cave on a bit more. A month later, where is he? His job rating’s south of 50 percent. The Schumer/Coburn deal has fallen apart. Virtually every major issue in the nascent immigration deal is still unresolved save for legal status for illegals. OFA’s in the news lately for selling access to the president to rich liberals for gigantic sums. And he’s been routed thus far on the sequester, thanks to his own foolishness in overselling the economic damage it would cause and tin-eared scare tactics like releasing detained illegals.

O’s 2014 strategy is based, as all of his political strategies ultimately are, on hitting the trail and winning a popularity contest with the GOP that’ll lift House Democrats to victory on his coattails. But the thing is, he’s not winning — certainly not by the margin he’d need to flip 18 seats in a second-term midterm election. So maybe he’s looking at his “legacy” and grudgingly realizing that there’ll be no more Democratic Congresses to rubber-stamp his initiatives and that making some sort of deal with Republicans is his only chance to do something big before he leaves office. That’s part of the reason why I agree with Kaus in thinking that O’s not trying to sabotage the Gang of Eight immigration deal. If he kneecaps Rubio et al, he may not get another chance to pass it. And with each new failure lately, I think he realizes that more keenly. Might be better to reach a compromise on the budget now and then get back to demagoging Republicans on the trail over something else.


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Probably designed to save the Fat Lesbian population.

hillsoftx on March 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The White House was warned by Democratic allies in Congress and on K Street that, fair or not, voters ultimately punish presidents for malfeasance in Washington.

Lol.

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

He waited until he was assured anonymity before bitching at the media?

Right.

Also, this is really telling. Note how pissed off the president and his staff are at having to actually govern and negotiate. I’m glad we “won” the sequester battle, but we could have won the debt limit battle in exactly the same way. Yeah, it would have been more cuts, but it would have been an instant, defacto balanced budget, and the White House tours would have been cancelled in perpetuity. It would have brought Obama to this exact same state of having to negotiate to come up with actual compromise. And the Senate Dems would go along with whatever Obama agreed to. It’s really a two party negotiation between the GOP house and Obama. And we’d have had the upper hand if we’d just played hardball.

TexasDan on March 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Isn’t Obama a genius!

We’d never have known.

metprof on March 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Really? I thought is was more to impress select members of the GOP to do Teh Wons bidding and work to divide their party.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Allah, while you make an argument that O may be angling for a legacy, the legacy you describe has no interest to him. He doesn’t want Clinton’s legacy of shrinking government by making a deal, he wants to set in motion a social justice legacy that will last generations, and he will do what ever it takes to do so.

Tater Salad on March 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Probably designed to save the Fat Lesbian population.

hillsoftx on March 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

That’s an oxymoron.

Tater Salad on March 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

As the Washington Post reported earlier this month, Obama intends “to articulate for the American electorate his own feelings — an exasperation with an opposition party that blocks even the most politically popular elements of his agenda.”

His feelings have a habit of turning into law.

Oh yeah. It obviously doesn’t matter what that agenda element might be, just as long as its popular.

Free stuff for large groups of people paid for by the people not included in that group seems to be a popular way of governing these last 4 years.

You know whats popular? Free cellphones. Free rubbers.

BobMbx on March 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

A term I have grown to hate is “Grand Bargain”.

In White House and media parlance “grand bargain” means the Republicans surrendering to the WH demands in a way that allows Obama to claim great success due to his efforts.

In my mind, that is a disaster, not a bargain.

pilsener on March 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Obama’s idea of “compromise” is to allow Republicans to support his original plan. Being “reasonable” means supporting his latest idea, such as raising taxes, So, yes, he’s open to a grand bargain, but all that means is that he’s open to having his way, but with Republican political cover.

Fred 2 on March 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Whoever this pissant is, he reminds me of a ranting Goebbels, defending his deity wannabe.

If there is any video, is he actually foaming at the mouth?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

His legacy is already set in stone….and, I don’t mean Mt. Rushmore.

a capella on March 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Obama only pretending to be President for the cameras? Color me shocked! /sarc

nyclakerfan on March 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

…and he will do what ever it takes to do so.

Tater Salad on March 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

There is precedent for burning the Capitol building.

“You know how you can tell someone is a conservative? Their eyes are close together and they have large noses”

BobMbx on March 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

‘A hammer’s power comes not from the nail strike, but in drawing back for the blow.’ – old Russian proverb

locomotivebreath1901 on March 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

So’s his wife and kids. Your point?

CurtZHP on March 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

As the Washington Post reported earlier this month, Obama intends “to articulate for the American electorate his own feelings — an exasperation with an opposition party that blocks even the most politically popular elements of his agenda.”

For this Affirmative Action poster child, the only thing that he is capable of articulating is feelings.

The imbecile can’t even articulate Corpsman.

And economics … for him, it’s the equivalent of a toad trying to articulate quantum mechanics.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

What is Coburn’s deal? Does he really believe the stuff he says about Obama’s sincerity?

Robert_Paulson on March 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Senior WH official …..
Don’t you just love the lack of cynicism ,
the lack of of pessimism and the sunny
disposition of this chap ?

Lucano on March 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Aides say Mr. Obama will continue his outreach even if the phone calls and other overtures can “feel fake to him,” in the words of one associate.

The difference between a leader and a lazy community organizer. The rat-eared wonder has never had to “reach out” to those of differing opinion. He’s bullied, cajoled, harrangued, or failed in these situation. Not once has he reached a bargain with those he calls his enemy who must be destroyed.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I think AP is spot on with the legacy thing. Obama surely wants a couple more “achievements” before riding off into the sunset. A bipartisan budget deal, especially with entitlement reform, would be good for his self esteem and good for the country. He’s never been unwilling to throw a few folks under the bus to get what he wants — he’ll compromise his base (though not sell them out entirely) to get a deal.

Also, given that the last election proved that social issues are not enough for the Republicans to win with, taking the budget issue off the table is arguably a good move for the Dems going into 2014.

urban elitist on March 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Like we didn’t effing know this already?

HerneTheHunter on March 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Did Coburn come to his senses? I think he was quoted on Sunday’s QOTD as thinkg that Obama was trying to find common ground.

22044 on March 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Obama is a man with few friends. Plenty of people around him but they are only there to get something from him.calls and other

overtures can “feel fake to him,”

that there is projection being projected onto Obama, IOW, they can see he’s not sincere and he can’t tell who to trust

DanMan on March 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Obama… theater?? I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you!!

Khun Joe on March 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Obama and Boehner are both a colossal waste of space.

The Rogue Tomato on March 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Then, having secured control of Congress, the president can consolidate and build on his implementation of the progressive agenda he began in his first term

And isn’t that why they got slammed in the 2010 elections?

GarandFan on March 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

IT’S OBAMA BASH TIME!

Opiate of the losers.

chumpThreads on March 12, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Obama is a man with few friends. Plenty of people around him but they are only there to get something from him.calls and other

The only true friend a narcissist has is himself.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

But what if O really does want a grand bargain?

ROFL…AP, now that’s funny…that’s a swan dive down the rabbit hole…

RedInMD on March 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I’m pretty sick of hearing how the Republican House is ‘obstructionist’, ‘party of no’ etc. Everything they pass dies the minute it leave the House floor. By process of elimination, their only function is to put a stop to the Obama socialist agenda. The Left and their cohorts in the Media want a Republican House rubber stamp for Obama, and will demonize them for anything short of that–paying no mind to the fact that the House members were elected specifically to stop Obama’s agenda.

Jackalope on March 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Tom Coburn, who told the Times that Obama’s “really a neat guy” when you get to know him, also told “Meet the Press” two days ago that he thinks O’s sincere about all this.

Who is he trying to impress by denying the obvious? Coburn is really annoying.

I hope he keeps his promise not to run again in 2016. Maybe he and Obama can go on a speaking tour or something.

Curtiss on March 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I think AP is spot on with the legacy thing. Obama surely wants a couple more “achievements” before riding off into the sunset.

urban effetist on March 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

What, his getting elected (and re-elected) by a record number of Low-IQ “voters” wasn’t enough for you?

Or were you referring to his getting re-elected by falsely accusing his Republican opponent of murdering someone?

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The week before the “charm offensive” began Obama had a “quiet dinner” with the Clinton’s. Bubba is famous for his “charm offensives” so we get one from Obama.
There is nothing wrong with a “charm offensive” if you can keep it up, but the Obama White House has always treated such things as a check mark on a list of strategies, rather than being part of a real single strategy.
I predict by April that this will all be forgotten, and Obama will be back to negative campaigning.

J_Crater on March 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

O’s 2014 strategy is based, as all of his political strategies ultimately are, on hitting the trail and winning a popularity contest with the GOP that’ll lift House Democrats to victory on his coattails. But the thing is, he’s not winning — certainly not by the margin he’d need to flip 18 seats in a second-term midterm election.

lololol AP. Where do you get these stuff from? I only come here for a good laugh.

HotAirLib on March 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Tom Coburn, who told the Times that Obama’s “really a neat guy” when you get to know him

Ya know, Chamberlain said the very same thing about Hitler after meeting with him personally. Just sayin’.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I’m listening to Rush, and it seem that the spin put out to bhopress is now, bho is out on a ‘charm offensive’? He had a number of anchors saying the same thing word for word! bhopress is saying bho is having to go make nice with those nasty r’s so he will look as if he is doing something(not direct quote)
L

letget on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

And the media will dutifully play along to get their food pellet.

CDeb on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Ah, the faux messiah launches the old tried and true charm weapon to cover his soul.

Charm? There never was a child molester that didn’t first launch a charm offensive.

Does he think we’re all stupid or is he just pretending to be sweet for his “believe anything”, feel-good followers?

Don L on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

That’s part of the reason why I agree with Kaus in thinking that O’s not trying to sabotage the Gang of Eight immigration deal. If he kneecaps Rubio et al, he may not get another chance to pass it. And with each new failure lately, I think he realizes that more keenly. Might be better to reach a compromise on the budget now and then get back to demagoging Republicans on the trail over something else.

I don’t buy that. Based on what evidence can it be assumed that Obama really wants to pass an immigration deal, especially if it has Rubio’s name on it.

He’ll insist on no compromise and if he doesn’t get what he wants, he’ll simply blame someone else, anyone else. And he’ll continue to demagog the Republicans on everything.

With Obama, it’s either “I win and you lose” or “it’s your fault”.

Curtiss on March 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

“…to impress the media.”

Well, they’re easily distracted by shiny things, pixie-dust, and unicorns.

Another Drew on March 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

With Obama, it’s either “I win and you lose”or AND “it’s your fault”.

I say both. He always must win and when things go badly its always someone else’s fault, mostly the GOP.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

“Come into my parlor” said the spider to the fly!! Obama cannot be trusted…period! He has a Jihad against the United States and will never deviate from his agenda! Meeting with him should be avoided at all costs! He is a rattlesnake waiting to strike at any opportunity! Deal with him from afar and do not afford him window dressing while he destroys you!! He loses when kept out of the legislative branch! Attack, attack, attack, his agenda with legislation and make him defend and explain his bizarre views! That strategy (Regular Order) is castrating his agenda! Fight, Fight, Fight! He is a lame duck!

Marco on March 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

43 comments in and you guys are slacking.

LAME DUCK

can_con on March 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Well, he certainly snookered the Republicans. Imagine that.

But of course, now that the veil has dropped, the Republicans will get real. Of course they will.

rrpjr on March 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Where do you get these stuff from?

HotAirLib on March 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

English major?

I love to come to HA to laugh at you Low-IQ Democrat voters.

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

LAME DUCK

can_con on March 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

A lame duck is not a helpless duck. Plenty of time for harm via Executive Order. What the rat-eared wonder is scared about is the fact the House GOP can run out the clock on some of the issues he hopes to include as part of his legacy.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I don’t buy that. Based on what evidence can it be assumed that Obama really wants to pass an immigration deal, especially if it has Rubio’s name on it.

I think that Obama’d like to tank it. Marco Rubio is an astute politician who is playing a long game; he doesn’t do anything unless it serves his purpose politicially. The Marco Rubio 2016 Campaign err I mean Immigration Act must have some serious upside potential for Rubio. That is why he was floating his own proposal a few weeks ago.

Illinidiva on March 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

So let me get this straight..

Obama yells “the sky is falling” over and over again on the sequester and is proven wrong.

Obama is embarrased.

Obama goes on “Charm offensive” by inviting Rep’s to dinner.

Does nothing to follow up on the “outreach”

Five days later, Obama is crying because his “charm” hasn’t parted the Red Sea?

Narcisist.

WisRich on March 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Well, he certainly snookered the Republicans.

So easy, a caveman can do it.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What if Obama’s already concluded that Democrats have next to no chance of retaking the House next year?

Why would Comrade Obama the Magnificent, the self congratulatory Great Persuader, conclude something like that 18 months out?

Does that really sound like the O you know?

I would think the opposite.

farsighted on March 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

A lame duck is not a helpless duck. Plenty of time for harm via Executive Order. What the rat-eared wonder is scared about is the fact the House GOP can run out the clock on some of the issues he hopes to include as part of his legacy.
Happy Nomad on March 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Yup but there are two nice effects with the Executive order route:

It makes him appear weaker.
It is temporary and can be revoked in 2016.

He can have fun chewing on that legacy.

can_con on March 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The GOP, especially in the House, needs to approach Obama’s remaining term as the Princeton Tigers have done in basketball for years. Just keep running that boring offense, continually running those backdoor cuts until Obama and the Dems fall asleep and score the easy layup.

It’s not a stall, but it dulls the opponent to death and eventually makes them look pathetic.

All the while, the GOP can keep edumacating the public on economics and how the Dems simply aren’t living in reality.

BuckeyeSam on March 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I think the Republicans should reciprocate Obama’s charming smile, shake his hand, and look for the knife in his other hand.

RebeccaH on March 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

So let me get this straight..

Obama yells “the sky is falling” over and over again on the sequester and is proven wrong.

Obama is embarrased.

Obama goes on “Charm offensive” by inviting Rep’s to dinner.

Does nothing to follow up on the “outreach”

Five days later, Obama is crying because his “charm” hasn’t parted the Red Sea?

Narcisist.

WisRich on March 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You got it right.

Comrade O has no interest in compromise with the evil Republican enemy. He would rather demagogue until he dies. Which is exactly what he will do, until he leaves the WH and after.

Comrade O the Narcissist already has his legacy — Obamacare, bin Laden, and the reelected First Black President. Everything else from this point on is gravy. His only real concern is avoiding any blame for anything really bad that happens in the next four years. In that effort he has the MSM propaganda machine on his side.

farsighted on March 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I’m glad we “won” the sequester battle, but we could have won the debt limit battle in exactly the same way. Yeah, it would have been more cuts, but it would have been an instant, defacto balanced budget… we’d have had the upper hand if we’d just played hardball.

TexasDan on March 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I agree. The Debt Limit battle was when Boehner should have started playing hardball. Dems were making false threats then (“defualt!”), just like they made false threats recently with sequestration, but Boehner was afraid of the consequences of playing hardball then. He was afraid of negatively impacting Republicans in the 2012 elections and helping Obama get re-elected. But the very thing Boehner feared is the very thing he helped bring about by caving to Obama.

We had enough revenue coming in to make our debt payments and not default… we just would have forced government not to spend so much elsewhere. The government would have been forced into a month-by month balanced budget, where outlays were not allowed to exceed revenues.

That was the time to stand strong. And rather than talk about a balanced budget in 10 years, we would have had a balanced budget NOW.

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The only true friend a narcissist has is himself.

hawkeye54 on March 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Well said.

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Oh my! Check out the picture on Drudge:

Obama’s charm offensive falters as Carney lashes out…

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The grand Obama strategy is this. After the “Charm Offensive” he will then start whining as he has done ever since elected. You think you are sick of his constant “Republicans won’t compromise”. About another week or two of this charm and he’s gonna cut loose and revert to his old nasty self. Why? To have an issue to beat Republicans over the head with for 2014. Guess how the media will respond to this “Heroic Effort of Outreach” by the One?

Herb on March 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Slightly OT: Vote Early and Often! It’s the Democrat Way!

Cincinnati poll worker charged with voting half dozen times in November

She admitted voting twice in the presidential election last November, and now, Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for allegedly voting at least six times. She also is charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011.

The 58-year-old veteran Cincinnati poll worker, indicted Monday, faces eight counts of voter fraud. Two others, one of whom is a nun, have been charged separately.

-snip-

Officials charged that she voted in her own name by absentee ballot and also in person at the polls, but Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters said she also is charged with voting in the name of five other people in various elections.

-snip-

Prosecutors say the five other people for whom Richardson cast ballots are all relatives.

Sister Marguerite Kloos also faces one count of illegal voting, for allegedly submitting an absentee ballot in the name of a fellow nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had died before absentee ballots were sent out. She is accused of opening Sister Hewitt’s ballot, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Is that a picture of Opie, after he lost the 40 yard dash?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

If only the R-dummies would inernalize this charade.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

making some sort of deal with Republicans is his only chance to do something big before he leaves office.

.
Every now and then, AP, you might want to step back from the purely inside-the-Beltway considerations and look at the larger picture.

The markets are all up, up, UP!

But volumes are down, down, DOWN!

Even CNBC, the financial propaganda arm of the SCOAMF’s Ministry of Truth, has started running articles pointing out the problems created by Bernanke’s QE Uber Alles

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag24/PolAgnostic/DJISTotalWeeklyTradingVolume10WkMovingAvg_zps1550e518.png

The chart I’ve linked shows the precipitous drop in weekly trading volume (i.e. the number of shares traded each week) for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on a 10 Week Moving Average basis.

Please note the period from March 6, 2009 on is when the Federal Reserve has been using Quantative Easing to “pump up” the stock markets.

The federal Reserve’s ‘subsidy’ of the markets is now $ 1.2 trillion/year.

Market volume is collapsing in spite of the QE “fix”. Take the “fix” away and you have the true picture.

On the current trendline, trading volumes go to ZERO by September of 2015, so everything should be perfect by then, right?

PolAgnostic on January 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Trading volumes have gotten worse since I made that post.

The SCOAMF only has so much time before the curtain gets pulled back by a financial collapse Bernanke won’t be able to mitigate in the least.

The ‘Rats are scurrying NOW to pass what they can before the wheels come off.

PolAgnostic on March 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

He won’t want to do any deal until 2015.

If the R’s hold on in 2014, they won’t agree to any deal in 2015 in hopes for 2016.

Expect the status quo for 4 more years.

Carnac on March 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM