BLITZER: So what you're saying is the president did present a plan to the speaker, John Boehner.After luring Boehner into a private discussion over something Obama knew would never pass the House (tax increases have to originate there and the Tea Party was never going to agree to them) he's now using that 'secret' negotiation against Boehner by taking it public. It's all about reducing him and dividing the GOP caucus. It has been from the start. Obama has no desire to stop spending.
BLITZER: But - but he didn't...
BLITZER: - make it public.
DALEY: No, because there's... both the speaker and - and the president had agreed and - that these sort of negotiations do not happen in public.
Unless Boehner is a lot more clever than it appears, Obama will soon be spiking the football all over the endzone and blaming the poor economy on the Tea Party going forward. Yes, Two can play that game,, but the key is whether anyone besides right wing radio and TV listeners will listen. Here's hoping Boehner is a lot more clever than he appears.
PASSING THE BALL 7/29/11
The House passes another bill, this time with a provision for sending a balanced budget amendment to the states. Here's Boehner's cheerleader speech before the vote (ht Verumserum), including http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifboos from the port siders when he vehemently defended 'sticking his neck out a mile' in dealing with Obama (to raucus applause from the right side).
The passion is good, but it's also a symptom of dealing with the robotic Spock-like Obama for so long. The left will surely call Boehner dangerous now, which fits in with the overall theme of "#compromise", itself targeted at the moderates they need on their side next year. As to the bill, it's DOA in the Senate and there are RINOs involved. Who knows anymore.
Must see TV.