‘obama: president; mcconnell: sucker’

Andrew Sullivan: It’s been fascinating to watch the left’s emotional roller-coaster these past few weeks. It’s also been fascinating to watch Obama out-run them, and to observe their responses to the final deal in the last 24 hours. Krugman has gone from “Let’s Not Make A Deal” to “better than what I expected.” …

….this (deal) also clears the stage for a two-year fight over long-term fiscal balance … and that is the best context for serious reform … That’s the chance we now have, if Obama leads the way (as I suspect he will).

…And notice that Obama has secured – with Republican backing – a big new stimulus that will almost certainly goose growth and lower unemployment as he moves toward re-election. If growth accelerates, none of the current political jockeying and Halperin-style hyper-ventilation will matter. Obama will benefit – thanks, in part, to Republican dogma. So here’s something the liberal base can chew on if they need some grist: how cool is it that Mitch McConnell just made Barack Obama’s re-election more likely? Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?

… The GOP has won again on tactics, but keeps losing on strategy. More broadly, as this sinks in, Obama’s ownership of this deal will help restore the sense that he is in command of events, and has shifted to the center (even though he is steadily advancing center-left goals)….

….My view is that if this deal is a harbinger for the negotiation Obama will continue with the GOP for the next two years, he will come into his own.

…The more his liberal base attacks him, the more the center will take a second look. And look how instantly the GOP’s position has shifted. They have suddenly gone from pure oppositionism to dealing with the dreaded commie Muslim alien, thereby proving he is not what they have made him out to be.

… Now for the short-term benefits of resolving this tax-and-spend dilemma so swiftly. The president urgently needs to get the new START and DADT through the Senate …. If he can pull all this off by Christmas … the last Congress will indeed be viewed by historians as one of the most substantive (and liberal) in recent history. And Obama will have orchestrated it – while ending up firmly planted and rebranded in the center.

Meep, meep.

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6 Responses to “‘obama: president; mcconnell: sucker’”

  1. 1 theo67
    December 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    President Obama is brilliant.

    • 2 Sue in Minnesota
      December 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      Yes he is, and a very stealth politician. I’m sure many here have sent their support and appreciation by e-mailing or writing President Obama, if you haven’t please consider zipping off a message to show your support.

    • 3 Kelly
      December 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      Yes that sums it up theo67. Unfortunate that we have a bunch of knuckle heads in media and political groups.

  2. 4 Kelly
    December 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Mr. Sullivan gets it again. Great article.

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  4. 6 Sankofa
    December 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I left a message for the president on wh.gov to offer him my support and thanks for putting americans out of harm’s way while he fought battles with others, right and left. Me, I’m going to keep supporting him because he has a bigger picture of the issues than I do and if he did do things the way I wanted it, we would all be hanging up on each other and not speaking to each other…..=0)

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