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President Obama is still willing to work with Congress in 2012


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Ed Schultz:

"According to The Times, the president will showcase measures he is taking on his own to revive the economy. The Associated Press reports he will unveil at least two or three directives per week."

The Hill:

The White House on Tuesday downplayed news reports that President Obama will go it alone with Congress this year.

Two senior administration officials said there’s work to be done with Congress — including work on the deficit and full-year extension of the payroll-tax cut — and Obama will look for opportunities to work together with Congress to improve the economy.

The administration officials said Obama will also be pushing lawmakers to pass some parts of his jobs package that did not win approval in 2011. Anything that hasn’t been signed into law, Obama still wants to sign into law, the officials said.

Jay Carney says this isn't an "either or" situation... and also that President Obama "hopes" Congress will work with him.

You can stop laughing now.

But he also said that if Congress does the one thing it does so well-- obstruct-- "the president's not going to just sit here." That's more like it.

White House officials believe that some Republicans who are up for reelection will break with their party and do what Eric Cantor refuses to do, compromise. In fact, in his interview on "60 Minutes", Cantor said he wants to "cooperate," but the other C word is not an option, because it really means compromising "principles". That's funny, I thought it meant meeting someone half-way.

Let's ask Mr. Webster, before wittle Ewic's press secretary interrupts to cover Ewic's wittle hiney again:

Definition of COMPROMISE

1a: settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions

b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things

2: a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles

So Eric Cantor and his buddies cherry pick the definition ("derogatory" Eric?) that is the least relevant or applicable in order to avoid giving the president so much as an inch.

And this is who President Obama still feels will meet him half way.


VIDEO: While Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power, Rachel Maddow Plans a Filibuster Challenge


By GottaLaff

Here's a thought: A presidential directive to remove all the Rushpublics from Congress.

Okay, daydream over. God I hate reality sometimes. It gets in the way of my fantasies:

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities. [...]

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress. [...]

But Mr. Obama has to be careful how he proceeds because he has been critical of both Mr. Clinton’s penchant for expending presidential capital on small-bore initiatives, like school uniforms, and Mr. Bush’s expansive assertions of executive authority, like the secret program of wiretapping without warrants. [...]

Another drawback of the executive power strategy is that actions taken unilaterally by the executive branch may not be as enduring as decisions made through acts of Congress signed into law by a president.[...]

But the White House argued that Mr. Obama’s choices have been held up more than Mr. Bush’s and left open the prospect of giving recess appointments to some of those still held up, including Craig Becker, a labor lawyer whose nomination for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board has been blocked.

If the stalling tactics continue,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, “he’s not ruling out using recess appointments for anybody that he’s nominated.

Good. About time. Do it. I want Dawn Johnsen in. Now.

Meantime, Rachel Maddow has her own ideas: The Filibuster Challenge.

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