Friday, September 09, 2011

Obama's Job Speech

Top notch. Excellent work. Good ideas presented in a tactically savvy way.

The question, of course: how to get the GOP, in the grip of false theories, hellbent on Obama's destruction (and willing to harm the country to accomplish that goal) can be persuaded to do the right thing.

Webocrats have already, as usual, given up. It's what they do; it's who they are.

Obama clearly indicated his strategy: he's going to link the American Jobs Bill to even bigger deficit reduction than is already in the pipeline. His general strategy is to force the GOP's hand by making their irrationality and destructive obstructionism as clear as possible--to bring them to as much of an outright self-contradiction as is possible in such cases. Here that means: show that Republicans are willing to forgo bigger, long-term deficit reduction in order to block the short-term jobs bill that the country so desperately needs. That, combined with the fact that the GOP has advocated many of the measures being advanced, is probably not enough to force Republicans to act as if they are good and reasonable...but it might be enough to make it clear to the voters that the Republicans are neither good nor reasonable.


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