Sorry, this post has little to do with that header...it just makes me giggle...
Seriously, the header should really be about Democrats losing the message war on the stimulus package...and how the success or failure of the stimulus could make or break Obama’s first term.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece about what they’re calling Rahm Emanuel’s "wide ranging interview with reporters."
[...] Mr. Emanuel owned up to one mistake: message. What he called the outside game slipped away from the White House last week, when the president and others stressed bipartisanship rather than job creation as they moved toward passing the measure. …
They got that right. While Republicans latched on to the term "spending bill" and spun it into the ground, the White House was stuck with the "bipartisanship" talking point. Obama and the Dems seemed too concerned with getting Republican votes for the stimulus.
But then, Obama couldn't very well railroad the bill through and just hope for the best. At least now the lines are clear - the Republicans were more interested in obstructing for political reasons than for their principles. No matter what they say...it was plain to see.
Also...it's not a given that all Dems will fall in line...
With Judd Gregg pulling his name from Commerce (thank goodness), maybe Democrats can now sober up to the fact that bipartisanship is good in theory, but you just can't ignore your principles. That’s especially true when only one side is trying, while the other side simply plays charades.
I still admire Obama’s platform of bringing people together...I just hope it's not his first priority. He needs to concentrate on promoting the progressive agenda, for which he was elected...but that's never been an Obama strong suit.
Many on the left are still trying to come to grips with Obama the politician in action...as opposed to the idealized candidate they voted for.
There's little in Obama’s history to show a hard core Democratic partisan...he usually tries to compromise rather than go down fighting for ideological principle.
We lefties need to wake up to this harsh reality.