HOSTILE FIRE from National Journal: ‘Obama Wins! Big Whoop. Can He Lead?’

pundit from another planet

With an eye to history, will the president leverage his victory to score a debt-busting deal with the GOP? Doubt it.

(Note: when the National Journal bitch-slaps the president after a political victory you know things are bad)

Just as he did to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012, President Obama defeated a lame Republican political team. The GOP’s right wing foolishly shuttered the government and threatened default in exchange for an unreasonable and unattainable concession: Scrap Obamacare. He refused. The GOP caved.

It was all so predictable. Not quite so obvious is Obama’s response. Faced now with the choice between partisan politics and a risky high ground, the president has an opportunity to leverage this “victory” for a long-term budget deal that raises taxes and tames entitlements. Obama won. Now can he lead?

Does he have the guts to anger liberal backers with a budget…

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