Jennifer Ruben writes:
A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”
If this is accurate the president is playing with fire. By halting a bipartisan deal he imperils the country’s finances and can rightly be accused of putting partisanship above all else. The ONLY reason to reject a short-term, two-step deal embraced by both the House and Senate is to avoid another approval-killing face-off for President Obama before the election. Next to pulling troops out of Afghanistan to fit the election calendar, this is the most irresponsible and shameful move of his presidency.
If this is true, I dare Sullivan to declare this is one of those “Meep Meep” moment, where this President has outwitted the Republicans much like the iconic Roadrunner vs the Coyote. But, I suspect he will anyway. The “Man Crush” is just that strong with this one!!!!
PS. When news came around yesterday that there was a Democrat penned / Obama approved deal in the works for $2.7 billion in cut, and no tax increases, I was set to write that, since that seems like a reasonable deal yet the Republicans had brushed it aside, the Dems had indeed scored a MAJOR public relations coo and had made the Republicans look like idiots. But the story has changed radically and the original MSNBC article has seemed to have gone down the memory whole… Well… Now we are here.