To me, it sounds like Obama has decided to imitate Bill Clinton, except
that he’s going to skip 1994 and jump right to 1995-1996–the years that
gave us welfare reform and the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death
Penalty Act, among other things. Deficit reduction is a classic “Third
Way” policy, but by doing it this way Obama is ceding ground to the
government-haters (who just want to cut spending) without getting
anything (future tax increases, or votes for health care reform) in
And here’s what makes me crazy:It’s not going to work.
Politically, I mean. You know why people care about the deficit? Because Republican fucktrons on the TV news have been yelling unchallenged for a couple of weeks about the deficit, so in some Idiocracy lizard-brain way, they’ve absorbed the narrative that Obama sucks and our economy sucks and our shit’s all retarded because we’re spending too much and it’s the deficit. And stuff. Also.
Of course our Democratic senators are only too happy to nod along and talk about how we have to slow down and care about the deficit because John McCain said so. As if that’s a winning electoral strategy, as if showing up in time to shoot the wounded makes you a war hero, fer chrissakes.
Was everybody in government asleep in the 1990s?This didn’t work. It didn’t make Republicans love Clinton. It didn’t make them want to work with him. They went out every day and screamed about Whitewater and then impeached him for being dumb enough to get blown by an intern.
I really thought we’d learned by now that there is nothing you can do to get a Republican on your side, not really, not when there’s votes to be won by meeting and greeting every teabagger in the lower 48 and calling them all patriots. They’ll all be birthers by 2012, even if Obama issues an executive order giving everybody an Uzi and knocking up all women younger than 28 before banning abortion.
The day after he does that, they’ll be on CNN talking very reasonably about how he won’t compromise with them, not one little bit.