Monday, February 2, 2009
Is Obama Being Too Nice?
I heard Democratic strategist James Carville on the Don Imus show suggest this morning that President Obama's consolatory nature may have to soon go by the wayside in his dealings with recalcitrant Republicans who believe they can block his economic stimulus package in the Senate.
Obama's demeanor is one of attempting to quietly elicit cooperation. But Republicans, trying to prove that they aren't pushovers and with serious objections over some of the intended recipients of the government's largess under the package, are mounting an effort to block the plan.
Clearly, the Republican point-of-view must be heard. And the administration should seriously consider their objections to ensure that there is no pork barrelling in this package. These are issues that the loyal opposition is supposed to raise.
But to arbitrarily attempt to block the package altogether, rather than adopt the same bi-partisan approach as is the president, is disconcerting at a time when the nation's economic future is hanging in the balance.
At the Republican National Convention, party leaders rolled out a new political marketing campaign. Country First! they trumpeted. It's time for them to make good on that promise and place country ahead of party.
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