I am sure that some of you at least saw in its entirety the exchange between the Republicans and President Obama on Friday (Baltimore Republican Retreat). It was reality meets talking points. There was the President ready to take on all comers without help or script and the Republicans had all their talking points ready. The poor Republicans had no idea what they had got themselves into. As the President pointed out the false assumptions many of their “questions” were based on, you could see them shaking their heads. They weren’t having any of that reality stuff. If you hate big government, any reality that upsets that underlying belief is just noise.
What was probably most amazing about this encounter was that President Obama had his facts all in order and could parry and pivot on every allegation. Media morons take note: When you let these people spew their lies, it would really improve the interview if you had done at least some homework so that you just didn’t just act as a megaphone for their propaganda.
But the most important thing that happened there was the point that President Obama make over and over again. Republicans have painted themselves into a corner with their outrageous claims that Obama was destroying the country. Now if they decided to work with him, and their base believes all the outrageous stuff they have been putting out about him and his policies, they are committing political suicide. In other words the dialogue that has been part of their talking points, egged on by the media who loves outrageousness, crafted to ignite their base, is the primary factor in preventing any solutions. Now if they find something they like, they can’t be caught working with him or they too will be a traitor to the country.
So did he make any headway? No, of course not, at least not with the Republicans. Note it was going so bad for the Republicans that Fox Noise cut off coverage in the interest of not confusing any of their viewers with reality or facts. But maybe if enough of those independents out there see it, they will start to finally understand the problem. Maybe they will start to understand that the Republican agenda is failure for this President and the country. Just saying no is not a policy and wrapping lies around their alternative solutions that don’t stand the test of a real examination is not governing. Oh come on Congressman Price, nobody believes you can cover everyone with health care for free through Republican alternatives . Well maybe some of your moron followers do who think that all it takes to fix the country is more free rides for everyone (tax cuts and elimination of government spending). Everything they do is to make the President look bad, not to try to find solutions. If you want to define unpatriotic, this is it.
I think the President has staked out the way forward for Democrats. Engage these guys, because even a cursory look at what they are proposing shows the bankruptcy of their ideas. Example: Congressman Pence, their heavy hitter, wants to cap all spending and have cross the board tax cuts. So which is it. Spending cuts devastate the economy although help the deficit, while tax cuts empty the Treasury. So are you trying to solve the deficit problem or bankrupt the country? Probably what was most evident is that they accepted no responsibility for how we got to where we are today. Some how it was all Obama’s fault. So now it is time to take the battle to them on the offensive. Maybe eventually they will re-engaged with real ideas. Oh, I forgot. It was those same ideas that brought us down. What it will do is expose how there failure to engage, there lack of realistic solutions, and their blocking any way forward is truly hurting the country and just maybe there will be a political price to pay for this.
It was an amazingly frank exchange and hopefully the Democrats will now be reinvigorated to take the fight directly to the Republicans and make them pay a price for their nihilism. It is the only way to get the country back from the brink.