“The Republicans, recognizing this was not a good strategy and seeing the horrible reaction from the American people, I’m pretty sure they’re not going to run this play again,” the president added Tuesday when asked a similar question during an interview with WABC-TV.
In that interview, Obama pointed to the Senate as proof that bipartisanship and a willingness to find governance solutions can bloom amid such stalemates.
He was correct — Senate Republicans grew exasperated with their House counterparts, and said so. A deal came together in the upper chamber to avert an economic calamity and reopen the government, though Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not soften his criticism of Obamacare, and conservatives gave little ground when it came to across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration…
“Unless the president changes course and engages on how we save Social Security and Medicare in a meaningful way, which is really the bigger picture in the D.C. debate, my worry is that we could see this happening again in three months,” the Republican congressman said. “Maybe the president is counting on the American public believing forever that he has no role in government in Washington or solving this problem. But if were him, I wouldn’t push that.”