Under The Bus
by Deacon Blues
As Steve said earlier today, Obama is running for 2012 and trying to show himself above party politics. He isn't concerned about angering the base at this point. But it also turns out that he's willingly ditched the Democratic leadership as well in his drive for re-election:
Obama’s advisers insist he didn’t go out of his way to pick a fight with fellow Democrats when he cut his highly controversial deal with Republicans to temporarily extend all Bush-era tax cuts earlier this week. But if the deal served to distance Obama not only from them but the entire partisan culture of Washington, all the better, they say.
Differentiating Obama from congressional Democrats "was a positive byproduct" of the tax cut deal, a person close to Obama told POLITICO.
"Compared to these guys, the president looks mature and pragmatic," the official said.
And what was Obama's lesson from the midterms? It was all Harry and Nancy's fault.
One administration official told POLITICO that Obama was so dispirited after his Nov. 18 meeting with the Democratic leadership that he decided, then and there, to place his faith in direct talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Think about that one for a minute.
"The point is the House and Senate [leadership] has proven they are incapable of getting things done," the official said.
Yeah, because the White House is so damn good at this stuff themselves.