How ’bout that GOP loony rap about the POTUS and Dems never compromising, never conceding? Madness.
We held forth on the many, many areas, particularly budget levels and specific cuts, where both the POTUS and Congressional Dems rolled over. Then, the GOP pols took each as a new starting point and got even crazier in their demands. We spoke of the imaginary budget and deficit problems and causes (like Social Security) and the real (like the financial meltdown, multiple unfunded wars, absurd and untenable tax cuts, and an unfunded Medicare expansion by W).
Fortunately for the nation, a bloc of progressive pols, lead by the likes of Sen. Warren, are supplying the leadership, morality and sense that the POTUS and Dem leaders have lacked. This promises to have more reasonable outcomes in the debt-level and budget battles tarting tomorrow with the conference committee. Ryan holds that the Prez is finally understanding what’s possible.
We sidetracked on whether we’d be willing to give up Warren in the Senate if Hillary Clinton does not run for POTUS in 2016.
Lackaday, we figure on more of the same Republican nastiness in November and December. Also, we figure that too many GOP House members are in very safe districts to swing control to the Dems, but we do figure that like 2012, they’ll lose seats and the returning cowards will be nervous from left and right.
Ryan aptly defined the GOP pols as “playing chicken but they don’t know when to stop.” I think the newly gutsy Dems can help them with that.