A disastrous day for Republicans.

Friday, January 29th, 2010 @ 8:15 pm | Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Politics

They let themselves get locked in a room with Obama and the camera rolling.

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Yet a good day for them and all Americans. This was an intervention. As I said before the election, people love to say all sorts of crazy things about Obama but that he has realized a brilliant counter-tactic: Make everybody sit down and hash it out with him. Let them ask questions until they’re blue in the face. When asked if he’d stay longer, Obama said, “I’m having fun!” He could have gone all day, and the prospect of doing this once every month or so as some like Mark Ambinder have suggested is something you can rest assured Republicans will resist. GOP aides have already said letting cameras in the room “was a mistake.”

This is exactly what it takes to deflate the rhetoric coming from the Earl Grey aficionados since Obama was sworn in, the accumulated nonsense they believe will grant them huge victories in November.

But the “optics,” as they say, are stupendous. (TEH!) One versus a roomful, relaxed, confident, informed, mature and collected. A gaggle of politicians suddenly unwilling to repeat the vilest slanders they’ve freely engaged in and encouraged with their base. Suddenly, a government that teases the public: We might be able to work together afterall.

How do the Republicans pivot from this into a string of 41 vote filibusters until November? Is there an opening now, as the Tea Party shenanigans unravel and Sarah Palin is off hunting big paychecks for her celebrity appearances, for Republicans to actually behave like a party of grown-ups and accept that most of what gets thrown their way is already heavily compromised and that most liberals are sitting around glum-faced and dissatisfied because Obama has been stubbornly centrist?

-jb

p.s. Fox News couldn’t take it and cut the talk short, while the other cable networks let it play. Letting you decide!

7 Responses to “A disastrous day for Republicans.”

  1. Jldmeyer Says:

    From the Reuters comments regarding this political engagement:
    “Us republicans do not want to provide health care for those who have not earned it. Why should we provide education to people who have not made an economic success for themselves? They will probably squander the chance. Let them pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Keep our tax cuts is all we ask.”

    I certainly hope this person is sarcastic because comments like these make baby Jesus cry. If it isn’t in jest then the line about keeping tax cuts is outrageous. We did get tax cuts under Obama and they still aren’t happy about it. Using the quote given above, I am assuming that the tax cuts went to the wrong “people” in their opinion.

  2. Liberal Shark Says:

    It is foollish to continue believing Obama/Reid/Pelosi lies, distortions and manipulations. It will be the ruin of this great country.

  3. mike g Says:

    Who could have guessed that Liberal Shark (Group2012) would respond to a one and a half hour q & a with an irrelevant, two second slogan?

  4. jeromy Says:

    Considering Liberal Shark/Group2012’s pattern of blatant dishonesty here, calling others liars is only about him projecting his worst qualities onto others so he doesn’t have to look in the mirror.

  5. Jldmeyer Says:

    And of course it has to be a phrase that wraps both the boogyman and patriotism into one grand statement. I am sure he can throw some more names into that blank.

    Michael Moore
    Jon Stewart
    Bill Clinton
    Al Gore
    Bono
    James Cameron
    Ed Bagley Jr.

  6. cbmc Says:

    It is foollish to continue believing Obama/Reid/Pelosi lies, distortions and manipulations. It will be the ruin of this great country.

    country can’t be too great if a few politicians can ruin it all by themselves

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