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    I worry for my sanity, as I find myself agreeing with this assessment on RS's front page:

    And in the political analysis, there is only one player who came out of this with everything he wanted: Barack Obama.

    Obama wasn’t trying to advance a policy objective. Not even once did he let the articulation of such a thing pass his lips. Rather he had two specific objectives that he had to get at all costs:

    1) To get Republicans to propose specific spending cuts that Democrats can use against them in the coming elections, while not making any such proposals himself; and
    2) To silence the fiscal debate until after his election in 2012.

    The president won on both counts. Everything else that was at stake in the negotiation was a nice-to-have for him, not a need-to-have.

    No one else got their must-have objectives. The Republicans have to face the prospect of tax increases combined with spending cuts that will be phony at best. And the Democrats will have to keep justifying entitlement programs that we can no longer afford.

    The downside for conservatives is clear: We’ve lost our last chance for a meaningful discussion on fiscal reform, until there’s another financial or economic crisis.

    But liberals have lost even more. It turns out that Obama was only willing to fight hard for his own political objectives. If liberals choose to be honest with themselves, they’ll see that both they and the media made the mistake of conflating their policy interests with Obama’s personal interests.

    •  apparently these guy thinks the super (0+ / 0-)

      congress will be held in siberia

      We’ve lost our last chance for a meaningful discussion on fiscal reform, until there’s another financial or economic crisis.

      HUH?  Kind of guaranteed to happen in November...

      But liberals have lost even more. It turns out that Obama was only willing to fight hard for his own political objectives. If liberals choose to be honest with themselves, they’ll see that both they and the media made the mistake of conflating their policy interests with Obama’s personal interests.

      and now back to reality...

      "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

      by justmy2 on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 02:02:28 PM PDT

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