Sunday, April 10, 2011

Big Tough President Gets HUGE Victory

I'm with Digby. What a fucking joke:
Behind the scenes in negotiations that averted government shutdown, President Obama had just agreed to House Speaker John Boehner’s request to include a Republican policy rider to ban taxpayer funding of abortion in Washington, DC, but Boehner wanted more: to defund Planned Parenthood.

The response from the president was blunt.

“Nope. Zero,” the president told Boehner, according to a senior Democratic aide. “And then the Speaker tried to engage it.”

“Nope. Zero,” the president replied again. “He was like, ‘John, this is it.’”

“There were a good 10 minutes of just sitting there of everybody looking at each other,” the aide recalled. “I mean, it was like, there’s nothing to do here. The store’s closed.”

“It was awkward, like, what do you do now?”

“They realized that kind of the gig was up,” the aide said of Republicans. “They weren’t going to get it included. It wasn’t going to happen. The president and Sen. Reid were prepared to say, ‘This bill will go down if you make this about social policy.’ That was the line in the sand.”
OH SHIT!!! Can't imagine the look on Boehner's face when Obama told him I'll agree to 78.5 billion dollars in cuts, but he WOULD NOT go any further! What a negotiator!

Seriously though, why the hell is ABC news covering this shit like a crappy high school romance novel? Look, unlike a lot of people out there, I don't personally dislike President Obama, but reading that made me want to vomit.  Whatever favors ABC reporter Mathew Jaffe got in exchange for writing that glowing play by play, but it wasn't enough.

Also, a massive fuck you to both Obama and Reid for handing over what minimal rights DC has over their OWN tax dollars on a silver platter to the nut jobs on the other side. The "line in the sand over social policy" quote shows perfectly how little a shit everyone gives about DC. When you have the rights of a colony, you're nothing more than an living experiment for whatever crazy ideas politicians don't have the balls to impose on their own states.

Watching Obama and Reid gush over how "historic" and great these cuts are is just a sad reminder about the goals and priorities of the Democratic party leadership. To put it bluntly, they are not on our side. Just because they're not as crazy as the other party, doesn't mean they give the slightest shit about working class Americans either.

Not trying to be as depressing as this sounds, but I think that's where we are.

Something tells me when the carnage of the 40 billion dollars of cuts gets revealed this week things will get even more heated, so stay tuned.

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