- take it or leave it
That sounds a lot like Bush
For the first time in my adult
lifetime, I am really proud of President Obama.
I'm not particularly proud of the tax-cut deal he and the Republicans
But I'm proud that he has finally stood firm against the likes of Peter
DeFazio, a backbencher from Oregon and one of the hard-core liberals in
authored Thursday's Democratic caucus resolution that attempts to
prevent the tax compromise
from coming to a vote.
"We're standing up to him," DeFazio
exulted. He claimed "nearly unanimous" opposition to
the tax package - a curious assertion when only 54 of 255 House
Democrats signed a letter opposing the deal.
But rather than caving in to liberals' complaints and allowing
Democrats on Capitol Hill to take
the lead - as Obama did to his peril over the past two years - he has
pushed back with the full force
of his office. In private persuasion and in public talk, the White
House has delivered to disgruntled liberals
a message summed up by Joe Biden in a private session with lawmakers on
Wednesday: Take it or leave it.
It figures that the only time we see some backbone from
is when he tells the members of his own party to fuck off.
Who is Obama going to ask for help in 2012?
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