Obama tries to grow a pair:
Obama’s top political adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday that the administration was unwilling to break up the president’s $447 billion jobs plan if Republicans were only receptive to passing certain elements.
“We’re not in a negotiation to break up the package. It’s not an à la carte menu. It’s a strategy to get this country moving,” Axelrod said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
So what is the White House gonna do if the House busts Obama’s package into pieces?
Will he veto anything less than 100%?
Obviously, Axelrod thinks that Obama can score with independents by looking tough and refusing to negotiate with Republicans, but that’s a very dangerous strategy. If the GOP starts breaking up the package into individual elements that Obama himself proposed, it’s hard to call that a do-nothing Congress. If the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to take up the House bills, John Boehner can rightfully point to Democratic obstructionism as the real culprit. It’s also rather doubtful that Obama would veto bills with elements that he proposed in the AJA if they pass the Senate, either. Axelrod is setting Obama up for another backtrack, and another point of weakness in dealing with Boehner.
If Obama had been POTUS at the Potsdam Conference we’d all be speaking Russian now.
Via Hot Air:
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