If President Obama would always be this tough, would continue the spine stiffitude, the swagger, the driving a hard bargain, we Dems would be in great shape. Or will this possible scenario burst the hardass bubble?
The Wall Street Journal posted a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fancy negotiation talkin' between Obama and John Boehner, but it's subscription only.
However, FiredUpInCAFollow at DKos has excerpts. So, here are excerpts of the excerpts. “John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job.” Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him. This could be why:
Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.” [...]
The president repeatedly reminded Mr. Boehner of the election results: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Why would I do that?” At another point, the speaker noted his GOP majority would also return next year. [...]
Mr. Boehner said he wanted a deal along the lines of what the two men had negotiated in the summer of 2011 in a fight over raising the debt ceiling. “You missed your opportunity on that,” the president told him.
Sounds like a president who knows he has a mandate. Let's hope he keeps acting like he does.
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