POLITICAL observations & opinions

* and David Brooks agrees with Krauthammer … “Obama and the Democrats have had an excellent week” … LMW: Why is it that the Republican columnists think Obama made such a great deal and the Democratic liberals are furious?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2010

who really won ???

David Brooks writes in the NYT (12/9/10)

  • The big story of the week is that Obama is returning to first principles, re-establishing himself as a network liberal. This isn’t a move to the center or triangulation. It’s not the Clinton model or the Truman model or any of the other stale categories people are trying to impose on him. It’s standing at one spot in the political universe and trying to build temporarily alliances with people at other spots in the political universe.
  • You don’t have to abandon your principles to cut a deal. You just have to acknowledge that there are other people in the world and even a president doesn’t get to stamp his foot and have his way.
  • The fact is, Obama and the Democrats have had an excellent week.
  • The White House negotiators did an outstanding job for their side. With little leverage, they got not only the unemployment insurance, but also an Earned Income Tax Credit provision, a college scholarship provision and other Democratic goodies. With little leverage, they got a package that could win grudging praise from big-name liberal groups like the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for American Progress.
  • Moreover, Obama has put himself in a position to govern again. The package is popular. According to the most recent Gallup numbers, 67 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats support extending all the tax cuts. Higher numbers support extending the unemployment insurance. Obama is reminding independents why they liked him in the first place.

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/opinion/10brooks.html?hp

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see also …

* Krauthammer certainly has a different view. Do you think he’s right, and Obama has snookered the Republicans? Or has Obama caved as so many Democrats are angrily charging? Or is Krauthammer just trying to trick Democrats into supporting Obama’s deal? This is what makes politics so interesting.

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LMW COMMENT …

Why is it that the Republican columnists think Obama made such a great deal and the Democratic liberals are furious?

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