Sometimes, a parent will tell their children to stop fighting. And then one child says, “But he started it!” And the parent says, it doesn’t matter who started it, just stop fighting. And then the other child says, “No, she started it!” And then we’re right back where we were.
This even happens if one of those children’s first words were “Hope” and “Change.”
Yesterday during his second “backyard conversation” of the day, Obama was asked if he might try to make Washington more civil. He responded BY ATTACKING REPUBLICANS. Take a look.
Q Is there hope for us returning to civility in our discourse to healthy legislative process to something that I can trust, so as I strap on the boots again tomorrow morning I know you guys got it under control? Because I’m not smart enough to fix it. I’d love to send you guys to Washington and have you do it. And it’s hard to have that faith right now.
THE PRESIDENT: I will tell you that changing the culture in Washington is very hard, and I’ve seen it these last two years, because I think that folks in Washington tend to think about how to stay in power more than they think about how to solve problems.
Now, if you look at what happened over the course of these last two years — and look, I’m sure I made some mistakes — but essentially what happened was the other side made a calculated decision. They said, “You know what, we really got beat in 2008 bad. The economy is a mess. It’s probably going to take us a while to dig our way out of it. We’ve got two choices. One choice would be to cooperate with the President and work with him to kind of solve these problems, in which case if things don’t work, we get to share the blame, and if things do work, he gets all the credit, and he’ll stay in power.”
So just from a pure political calculation, they said, “We’re better off just saying no to everything, blocking everything. If things don’t work, then Obama will get all the blame. And if things get a little bit better, we won’t be any worse off than we would have been.” That I think was the political calculation.
It’s amazing that Obama was able to get this kind of intel on the Republican political strategy, which I haven’t seen reported anywhere. You’d almost thing he was speculating and offering it up as fact . . .