Are you fired up this morning after the debt debacle passage or ready to hide under the covers? Palin says it’s a victory. I’m still not so sure. Searching for perspective, I found a little here and there.
I understand why Tea Partiers and even conservatives who drink decaf might think the debt ceiling deal isn’t very good, even allowing for the current strength of forces on the political chess board. But judging from the UK papers on offer this morning here at Heathrow airport, Obama has had his head handed to him. The Independent has a big photo of Obama on the front page, with the headline “Obama Humbled.” The cutline describes the debt ceiling deal as “widely seen as a major defeat for the U.S. President.” The full story on page 4 bears the headline “Obama Forced to Swallow Tea Party’s Demands.”
Professor Jacobson offers another pep talk:
Just months ago Obama was demanding a multi-trillion dollar “clean” (that is, completely unaccountable) increase, and then an increase with a trillion dollars in new taxes, and then taunting you to call his bluff, and then you were called extremists and hostage takers and terrorists by the mainstream media and pundits and politicians …
… and hobbits …
Sure, it wasn’t everything you wanted, and maybe not even most of what you wanted. But you changed the direction of the debate to your terms.
So while it is understandable that you don’t view the debt deal as a win, don’t view it as a loss.
What say you? Was this as good as it gets?
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