So, I was reading Elizabeth Drew’s article in the New York Review of Books titled “What Were They Thinking?” that recounts how we got to this messy stage of impasse, political grandstanding and Obama’s inflated self-image when I came to what I think might be a hidden gem on two points:
Finding a solution to reducing the deficit that was agreeable to Boehner, to Cantor, to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and to the President was no small task. The men, who had rudely and unwisely excluded Pelosi, now the minority leader, from their deliberations, could no longer avoid dealing with her. They’d considered Pelosi a bit of a pain, insistent as she was on standing up for liberal principles.
Are you f^&*ing kidding me? These GUYS excluded the former speaker of the house and now minority leader from the negotiations because she sticks up for liberal principles? I’ll be the first one to say that Nancy shouldn’t be surprised and is paying royally for the mess she made in Denver in 2008. But Jeez, it is completely unacceptable that there wasn’t even one woman in the room when these assholes met, not even the House Democrats’ minority leader. It happens in the business world all of the time. Women don’t get the email, are conveeeeeniently left off the meeting list, their phone calls are ignored. And THIS is womens’ issues are never considered in the final bills. If you’re a liberal woman, you’re doubly screwed.
And Barack Obama was OK with this?
Update: Craig Crawford says that Congressional leaders have decided to cut Obama out of future negotiations. Here’s what he’s been hearing:
It’s no surprise that Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, went out of their way to insult the president but remarkably Democrats also went forward over the weekend with Capitol Hill debt talks that did not even include a symbolic emissary from the White House.
While the GOP obviously would savor a solution to the debt-ceiling crisis that gives Obama no credit, why are Democratic leaders so willing to cut him out?
The answer might be found in growing concerns among veteran Capitol Hill Democrats that their president is a lousy negotiator.
Although they see him as a talented public communicator, his short time as a senator and painfully slow learning curve as president leads congressional Democrats to think it best to take over and provide cover for him once the deal is done.
Wow, just wow. Um, would giving him cover really be the best idea? Maybe they’ve been too permissive. They provided him with a lot of cover in 2008 and carried him gently over the threshhold of the nomination. In retrospect, that was a bad idea. It could explain why he’s painfully slow to learn his job and why he’s so fricking clueless about legislating with Congress. He’s never had to do it before.
After this is all over, the Democrats need to have a heart to heart with President Mashieniblick. The idea that they can foist him on the rest of us and give us no Democratic alternative is unacceptable when they don’t think he is capable of doing his job.