Let's face it, Quinty got it right, the GOP was in an untenable position:
Good luck with that and the GOP brand during the holiday cheer.
That was until Obama's new deal, that is.
Now the headlines read - I quote (front page of the LA Times):
You've got to be kidding me.
So, now, if the deal falls throw and unemployment benefits are allowed to expire during the holidays, let me see, it's gonna be the Democrats' fault, right? (On the bright side–who knows?—perhaps Dennis Kucinich or someone else will get another Air Force One ride out of it.)
I can hear Robert Gibbs already: Here they go again, these damn heartless, soulless radical "obstructionist progressives," first, they threatened to block Health Care Reform because it was "not perfect enough" for these loons ("Do they want little Timmy to die?") and now they want the jobless to go hungry during Christmas.
Why does the President keep on placing his own Party in these self-defeating positions–again and again?
That's no compromise, it's capitulation!
Whose side is he on, anyway?
And who runs that crooked casino?
I want another deck of cards.
And while I am at it, I think I am going to want another dealer, too.
The House had passed a bill to extend tax-cut to middle class. The pressure was on Republican congressmen to vote yea on it—or else dare vote nay and pay the political price.
Same with unemployment benefits extension.
As a matter of fact, a senior Republican in the U.S. Senate said today that emergency unemployment benefits probably would have been extended for a short period of time even without the compromise on the Bush-era tax cuts hammered out by the White House and GOP leaders.
The Democrats were doing just fine—thank you very much.
What Obama has done is unconscionable—and short of betrayal—especially in view of the fact that the Democrats were kept out of the loop when the deal was made.
UPDATE: On the front page of the LA Times, today (12-08-2010).
This takes the cake!