No sooner did President Obama announce his so-called deal with Republicans on tax cuts than the White House spin machine go into high gear.
The White House released statements of support from leading economists. And positive comments from progressive commentators. And President Obama himself held a hastily-called news conference in the briefing room. For which, unfortunately, I was out of town.
And, I must admit, they did a pretty good job of it. They made it sound like a good deal.
If you believe the White House spin, this was the best deal Democrats could possibly get. The alternative was a tax increase for every American family – and no extension of unemployment benefits at all. For which Democrats, not Republicans, would be blamed.
Sounds good, if you believe it. Problem is, I don’t.
I still think the president caved in too soon – before even making the Republicans stand up and vote against tax cuts for the middle class – or voting against extending unemployment benefits.
In other words, I’m not against compromise. As long as both sides agree to compromise.
But not once in the last two years – even though Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the White House – not once in the last two years have Republicans compromised on anything.
That’s my parting shot for today.