President Obama has finally realized that raising taxes on the super rich is both good policy and good politics. It won’t pass and it took public pressure from tycoonWarren Buffett to get him to act like a Democrat BUT better late than never.
The Republicans are, of course, outraged but so are some erstwhile “centrist” Democrats like former Clinton adviser and all around douchebag Mark Penn:
Barack Obama is careening down the wrong path towards re-election.
He should be working as a president, not a candidate.
He should be claiming the vital center, not abandoning it.
He should be holding down taxes rather than raising them.
He should be mastering the global economy, not running away from it.
And most of all, he should be bringing the country together rather than dividing it through class warfare.
There’s more of this crap at Satan Botoxed Handmaiden’s joint but I wanted to post this for the buyer’s remorse crowd. Penn was one of Hillary’s 2008 senior advisers and he thinks that the path to re-election involves being an echo, not a choice. It’s the strategy that Team Obama has pursued since entering the White House and it hasn’t worked. There’s not much evidence that fantasy world President Clinton would have done otherwise: it’s what her husband did to win re-election, after all.
This policy U-Turn may be too little too late but it’s past time for the administration to do something for its base. Pointing at the crazy Goopers is not enough. It’s what the Carter campaign did in 1980 and we all know how that turned out…