a good deal for the right? in what respect, charlie?

Oliver Willis: President Obama has brokered a deal between the Democratic-run Senate and the Republican-run House that avoids a shutdown of the federal government, while also stripping the bill of issues such as Planned Parenthood funding and decisions about the EPA’s authority.

Yet somehow, I’m seeing from some – particularly Ezra Klein, who should honestly know better – that this was a bad deal for the President.

On policy, of course these budget cuts targeted at programs that assist the poor and middle class suck. But they were always going to suck. The minute the House of Representatives flipped from Democratic to Republican, anyone without giant stores of money had a target at their back. The Republicans negotiated their way to a $39 billion cut.

But let us remember that these are the same Republicans who campaigned on cutting $100 billion from the budget. Just a couple months ago, conservative blogs were despairing that the cuts had been sliced down to $78 billion.

And John Boehner, wily trickster that he is, has made an agreement – which probably does not have the support of his caucus, possibly needing Democratic help – that cuts that ransom demand in half…

What did the polls show that Democrats and Independents wanted out of these negotiations? A compromise that kept the doors open on our government. And that’s what we got. Faced with a fundamentally flawed budget process thanks to the outcome of the November elections, President Obama presided over a bipartisan result that avoided the attempt to scuttle women’s health issues and environmental concerns…

It was enough to prompt Tea Party Nation to claim they will primary Boehner, while base conservatives on the depraved Free Republic gnashed their teeth and made the following statements: “GOP sells out all GOP sucker voters!,” “Cowards, more interested in keeping their jobs then doing what’s right for the country.,” and “The GOP are the modern day Whigs.” This sentiment goes on for quite a few pages.

…Obama and Reid were operating in an environment infected by the Tea Party House, and secured a deal that averted shutdown and showed the President to be the adult here. Yet a few people seem to think this is the kind of thing that is good news for the right. As a failed vice-presidential candidate once asked: In what respect, Charlie?

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28 Responses to “a good deal for the right? in what respect, charlie?”

  1. 1 obamalia
    April 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    America, we’re in good hands!!!
    Thank you PBO – our once in a lifetime President!

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Yes, I was really surprised at Ezra Klein yesterday. He seemed to have a prepared script that made no sense and lacked any revelancy to what actually happened. He went off on a tangent about whether or not PBO will be seen as a successful President, again, making it about the President and his perceived “success” rather than about the Nasty GOP and their attack on ordinary Americans, compared to the reasonable Democrats.

    Please Ezra. This President is ALREADY viewed domestically and internationally as a successful President. Based on what he has accomplished in just two years. That’s why his approval ratings continue to be relatively high – despite stubbornly high unemployment numbers, two wars, and a sh*tload of other nonsense that very few Presidents have had to deal with. That’s why the GOP, MSM, PL etc are trying so hard to destroy him. Because that’s the ONLY way a GOP candidate can come remotely close to him in the 2012 elections. That’s why so far, no GOP candidate has definitely announced their decision to run in 2012. That’s why Donald Trump, Huckabee et al have all been reduced to pathetic lumps of birtherism rants and other insanity. Because they have NOTHING on PBO, NOTHING. And they know it. And we know it. And certainly Mr. Klein knows it.

    • 3 Lovepolitics2008
      April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

      I LOVE Ezra Klein. He usually is fact-based and is able to see through the noise. Dealing with the reality of a GOP controlled House is not easy for every liberal. Ezra’s frustration is getting the best of him right now. He’ll calm down rapidly, I’m pretty sure of it.

      • 4 Sue in Minnesota
        April 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

        Agree, Ezra’s emotions/frustrations probably had control of his tongue and his brain. I think the MSM on all sides wanted to continue the tension and the controversy.

        • 5 anniebella
          April 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

          By now I try not to pay these guys any attention, at this point I am so fed up with the Progressive Liberals, and Rachel Maddow is at the head of that list. This Ezra Klien guy,I don’t know him that well, but I’m just reaching my limit with them all. I don’t expect them to fall down and worship this President, just be fair and know the facts. I’ve long been tired of CNN, right now MSNBC is in that same league, I’m sick of them too.

    • 7 Dorothy Rissman
      April 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Ezra was great on health care. He has a lot of experience in that realm. Now I see he has decided to join Paul Krugman, an economist, in pretending to be an expert on everything.

      What really ticked me off is that L. O’Donnell had him on immediately after a deal was reached. Larry would not want to have someone on who said the president played this just right. I had to turn it off because they were both talking about Obama’s so called weakness.

      • 8 hopefruit2
        April 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        I believe they had their script pre-determined. They trotted out all the usual suspects, including that Hack Howard Fineman to push their BS narrative. Since they weren’t going to get ratings from the shutdown, they had to get it SOMEWHERE. And that means stirring up the PL “base.”

  3. 9 dotster
    April 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    It continues to be clear that President Obama is operating on a higher plane, sees more clearly, than any of his detractors. He skillfully maneuvered this whole brouhaha, resulting in the best possible outcome given the circumstances. There’s a method to the madness, praising Boehner, boosting his ego—-“you have the power” said the spider to the fly.
    Even Harry Reid who often frustrates—-I smiled when he was giving high praise to Mitch McConnell as if The Turtle was the greatest person on the planet. Masterful.

    • 10 Shirley
      April 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

      LOL, You got that right, Dotster. I smiled when he was giving high praise to Mitch McConnell as if The Turtle was the greatest person on the planet. Masterful. I like your analogy, LOL funny, hehehe

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      It was a masterful use of brain power. The big picture is the goverment is still running, businesses have certainity, workers get another paycheck, and the Armed forces can focus on their mission and come home safely.

    • 12 africa
      April 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm


  4. 13 LOL
    April 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    What I am amazed is that the Reps were willing to thrown our troops under the bus for Planned Parenthood. If that doesn’t show how far right these loons have gotten-I don’t know what will.

  5. 14 lisa
    April 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Last night on O’Donnell, I was laughing my bum off when Klein was complaining. Then he sort of caught himself, he was like: “of course I didn’t want a government shutdown, but….” But what? If you don’t want a gov shutdown, then there’s no reason to complain. There are only two choices( and I use this term very loosely when it come to the psychos in the House)here: shutdown and hundreds of thousands of people out of work, with hundreds of national landmarks shutdown for business, a drastic negative impact on our fragile but growing economy , the travesty of the congress getting paid while our dead soldiers’ families got no payment and the live ones’ families went into economic decline and the devastating amount of money it would take to reopen the government, OR negotiating with terrorist and sacrificing some things that are important to us for the good of the country? I’m reminded of that King Solomon story about the two mothers claiming a child. One wanted to split the baby in half(thereby killing it) and the other would rather give up the baby that she conceived and nurtured in her womb to the psychopath, than harm it. I think PBO last night played the part of King Solomon because he was wise enough to set the scene for the American people, so that they could figure out who was the liar (fake mom/teapublicans) and who was telling the truth( real mom/democrats). But he also played the role of the real mom who sacrificed important issues i.e some riders and the fragile economy he’s worked so tirelessly to protect, defend and grow, in order to secure our wellbeing. Teapublicans are short sighted and running on hubris, much like Oedipus, they’ll soon reap what they sew.

    • 15 Shirley
      April 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

      WHOAAAAAAAA Lisa, now DANG IT!!!!!! that’s the sho’ nuff TRUTH!! You NAILED IT!! I like that 🙂

    • 16 majii
      April 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Excellent! Excellent, Ms. Lisa, and PBO went to the Lincoln Memorial today to send a subtle message to the American people that is because of him and the democrats that the government is still operating and the memorial is OPEN today.

  6. April 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Really nonsense. The concessions are minors, a shutdown that could have killed the recovery was averted, an PBO came out of it so above the fray, it’s quite amusing.

  7. 18 Jessica
    April 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This is a win for the moderate left and right, independents, and democrats. This is a huge win for federal employees and economy. Just sayin.

    • 19 LOL
      April 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

      This is a win for the American people. 68% of Dems wanted a compromise, 76% of Indies wanted compromise, and 38% of Reps wanted Compromise…so it is all laid to bare, the Dems compromised and the Reps didn’t. The Village Idiots in DC may claim a victory for the Reps, but the American people NOW see who are the real grown ups.

    • 20 africa
      April 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      What you said!!

  8. 21 Sue in Minnesota
    April 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    When President Obama spoke to the nation last night, I thought the goodness and the heart of this man came shining through. Especially when he was referring to the grade schoolers who could continue to count on and have faith in their country. That the America in their future is being guided and secured by a most incredible, wise and loving human being should comfort and reassure us all.

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Sue, I hope he can get some rest because when I saw him last night he looked so tired. It is so unfair that he has to hold every hand about every decision. Its like these grown butt holes can’t think or make decisions without him…

      While I was at work I kept checking Whitehouse.gov and I was like a junkie on withdrawal because there were no live events, no press briefings, no pictures. Now that I know this was strategy it was brilliant.

      • 23 Sue in Minnesota
        April 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        Michele, I have been thinking the same…I was hoping he could just relax with his girls, and that he and Michelle could have some respite together. Let go of the weight of the world, recharge the batteries, and be reinforced by the power of Love.

  9. 24 Obaman
    April 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I wonder what the tea party sites say about this now. Chip, any plans to let us know.. 😉 I am sure they must be really pissed at mr. rusty here. Ha ha.

  10. 25 anniebella
    April 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Think about this, the President have shown that he is willing to compromise, he is willing to give up some things he really wouldn’t want to in different times. Now when the really difficult things come up, the debt ceiling, the 2012 budget ( Paul Ryan attack on the poor and middle class), and if there is no progress, who will get the blame? The guy who have compromise with the other side before, or the side who want it all, there way or no way. The guy who seem reasonable,like the only adult in the room, or those tea baggers wingnuts who threaten to shut down the Government because of women’s health rights.

  11. 26 LunarSea
    April 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Ezra darling, slowly now. Put down the mike and back away from the ledge.

    • 27 Sue in Minnesota
      April 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Good advice, Lunar Sea…Ezra usually has better command of his faculties. Hope he regains his balance.

  12. April 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I think a lot of people were very angry at the Tea Party’s audacity and the American people for allowing them to take over the House and they wanted Obama to express their anger for them – as usual. Obama didn’t go there and I think that’s why Ezra went there.

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