Now let me ask you something. Let’s say I’m trying to get you to do something. And I say to you, this will haunt you until it gets solved. And then I say, you need to have a little courage and will power. And then I add, I hope you’ll do the right thing.
Are you going to cooperate with me, or just think I’m some kind of asshole?
Because these are exactly the kinds of things President Obama said during an interview broadcast this morning on CBS, during which he was ostensibly trying to convince Republicans to work with him.
Obama’s immigration reform effort is either insincere of incompetent. Given that Obama’s dealmaking acumen is about as keen as my understanding of astrophysics, it could be the latter.
But since Democrats are desperate for every vote they can get and are worried about their core constituencies getting to the polls, it’s more likely he’s angling to bash Republicans over the head with the issue through Election Day.
This is going to be an issue that haunts them until it gets solved. And we’ve got, I think the possibility of a consensus in this country to solve it.
What we need is some political courage and some political will, and that’s always what’s been, on many of these issues, in short supply in Washington.
I’m hoping that once we get through some of the Republican primary season, and maybe if we are still far enough away from November, that people see the chance to do the right thing.
Because everyone knows that Chapter One of How to Win Friends & Influence People is titled, “How to lecture someone into agreeing with you.”