Obama is off criticizing Democrats again

At what point will Democrats on the Hill learn that this man is not their friend. He singlehandedly brought down Democratic control of the House, and now he’s still playing the “pox on both your houses” game. Here is an excerpt of the President’s statement about the tax cut cave:

I know there’s some people in my own party and in the other party who would rather prolong this battle, even if we can’t reach a compromise. But I’m not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington. And I’m not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as we’re pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession/

I’m not willing to see 2 million Americans who stand to lose their unemployment insurance at the end of this month be put in a situation where they might lose their home or their car or suffer some additional economic catastrophe.

So, sympathetic as I am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do. The American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories.

I just want everybody to remember over the course of the coming days, both Democrats and Republicans, that these are not abstract fights for the families that are impacted.

We cannot play politics at a time when the American people are looking for us to solve problems.

This is a blueprint for this President’s approach to any problem. Rationalize, then cave. He actually thinks he’s a hero. The problem is that this President doesn’t understand that he keeps agreeing to deals that are far less than he could have gotten had he simply tried.

It’s not about not preferring compromise, and anyone who thinks that that’s what this is about is a fool. It’s about always preferring compromise, and worse, compromising with yourself. It’s about always striving for less because you just can’t bring yourself to fight for anything.


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