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This is typical Newt bullshit.  Remember, the Super committee was actually a bipartisan idea (not that Democrats and Republicans ever agreed on the reasons for it).  President Obama had already offered 2.4 trillion dollars of deficit reductions, including “entitlement” cuts.  Revenue from income would come from simply letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Remember?

From the National Journal, August 1, 2011.

President Obama announced on Sunday night a hard-fought deal with congressional leaders to slash the federal deficit by at least $2.4 trillion over 10 years and lift the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt-ceiling limit to avoid a catastrophic and unprecedented default. The pact includes no tax increases sought by the president.

Read my lips….

When your opponent’s playbook is written by Ayn Rand and Karl Rove you shouldn’t expect compromise, or “reason.”  But when your own side blames you for lack of leadership because you failed to jawbone a raging pack of nihilists into thinking that compromise is honorable, there is no sanity.  Despite what dingbats like Drew Westin say, there is no myth that President Obama could contrive that could make all this better.  These are True Believers.

The Republican strategy is to make government appear to be dysfunctional by making it so.  If you don’t believe me, read this from a disgusted former Republican congressional staffer.

Sadly, this strategy seems to be working.  Democrats are getting mealy-mouthed and seem determined to lose again.  I’m hearing and reading bullshit like, “I just wish that Hillary would run again.”  And, “What we need is a third party!”

Yeah, like Ralph Nader.

Get a grip.  The Republicans have your mind in a vice.  They may be ignorant of how real people live, but they are not ignorant of how hardball politics works.  They know how to push your buttons.  They had no intention of giving President Obama anything, including all the shit they already liked, such as entitlement cuts.  Never mind that Obama cut taxes for the middle class, killed Osama bin Laden, and helped organize the overthrow of Qadhafi.  If it isn’t clear by now that Republicans will do anything to make sure that Obama will not succeed, then you haven’t been paying attention.

And it’s not like Mitch McConnell has been shy about this.  In addition to the famous pronouncement that his number one goal is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president, he also said the following on a talk radio program.

I refuse to help Barack Obama get reelected by marching Republicans into a position where we have co-ownership of a bad economy.

Co-ownership seems at least half fair.

I remember when I met then-candidate Barack Obama in a meet and greet at a coffee shop in Grinnell, Iowa.  This was several months before the caucuses, but by that point I was already sure that this was my man.  In town hall meetings he was always reasonable, thoughtful, and empathetic.  He struck me as being much more mature than the other candidates.  As I stood in line waiting to shake his hand, I thought about what I would ask him when I got the chance.  But when it was my turn all I could do was thank him for running against cynicism.  He looked me in the eye and said, “Well, that’s what we have to do!”

Look, I had to come crawling and screaming back to the Democratic party after years of cringing at their incompetence and hypocrisy.  But let’s be clear: this President is the real deal, and the Republicans are doing their best to destroy his greatest strength, leadership.  This is a classic Karl Rove strategy–go at your opponent’s strength, chip it away, and eventually he will look weak.  (Remember John Kerry’s military service?)  It may work politically, but at some point you have to govern.  Any party that runs a pack of weirdos and blowhards like that for president isn’t serious about governing.  When Newt Gingrich, who once controlled an entire branch of government and now wants to run another, can get away with campaigning as an anti-Washington crusader, we’ve gone beyond both irony and hypocrisy.  We’ve entered Fellini land.

Let’s stop falling for the same old “okey doke” and get back to reality.  What we must do is work for a Congress that at least believes that government should exist.

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