Rachel Maddow tells the truth about this “compromise.” Basically, McConnell, said, “Oh, Mr. President! Please don’t throw me in that briar patch!”
I really would like to change the subject, but this whole debacle is huge. It’s even bigger than those extremely interesting riots in London. The reason it’s so huge is this: If Obama can’t get the job done now, with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, then when is he going to get anything done? This week is a foretaste of the next two years — only the next two years will be worse, because the Democratic majority in the House is about to disappear.
This is a great time to be a Republican.
We already knew that starting in January the Republicans would be in charge of the House. It is now apparent that, thanks to Harry Reid, they will also be in charge of the Senate. And thanks to Barack Obama, they will also be in charge of the White House. So what you have to look forward to is two years of bad Republican government, two more years of mounting deficits, and two more years of screwing up the economy — because let’s face it, sacrificing long-term economic prosperity for the sake of short-term profits is what the Republicans do. It is, apart from starting unprovoked wars and attacking queers, just about the only thing they do. And Barack Obama is handing them the keys to the candy store.
But that’s not even the beautiful part of this. For the Republicans, the real beauty is that no matter how bad they screw things up over the next two years, in 2012, Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats will get the blame. As they should.
Obama’s apologists say this will all blow over by 2012, but I don’t think so. The reason I don’t think so is that I don’t think there’s any way a Republican House, a spineless Senate majority leader and a President who wants above all for the Republicans to love him can get this mess straightened out in two years. After the 2012 elections there will be a Republican majority in the Senate, and it’s very likely that there will be a Republican in the White House. But by then maybe we’ll be used to it.