Boehner Playing Chess with Obama?
Okay, I want you to follow me. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking here in the mere moments of our the top-of-the-hour break. Speaker Boehner at the Economic Club of Washington just essentially said that, “Yeah, there’s some common ground in this bill that the president has that we could work with maybe. Waiting for the CBO to take a look at this and score it. And we have just put the parts together here, and then I’ll analyze them for you.” So Boehner said that. Eric Cantor has said, “Well, there might be some things in there that we like,” like some of the extension of payroll tax cut, that kind of thing. You’ve had Axelrod and a number of other White House advisors, liberal commentators express a little fear over this that the Republicans are going to cherry-pick things out of it that they like. Pelosi, Harry Reid have said they’re a little worried about this because the Republicans might see things in it that they like, so forth.
Then we get some really interesting stuff here. You have the New York Times not carrying Obama’s water on this. Obama is out saying that he’s got this bill that will create jobs, and that the Republicans are standing in the way of it, yet the New York Times is not following that script. The New York Times is running story after story naming names of Democrats who don’t like Obama’s bill. Here, let me give you the first paragraph of the New York Times article. “President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party. Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill –” are they? This is where this gets interesting. Are they really smarting? This is the first I’ve heard that Democrats are smarting over the 2009 stimulus bill. Now, they’re smarting over election losses, but are they smarting over the 2009 stimulus bill?