Saturday, December 1, 2012

Peggy Noonan Blames Obama for Drama-Rama Over Taxes


Republican Pundit Peggy Noonan on Wall Street Journal Nov. 30, 2012
You watch and wonder: Why does it always have to be cliffs with this president? Why is it always a high-stakes battle? Why doesn't he shrewdly re-enact Ronald Reagan, meeting, arguing and negotiating in good faith with Speaker Tip O'Neill, who respected very little of what the president stood for and yet, at the end of the day and with the country in mind, could shake hands and get it done? Why is there never a sense with Mr. Obama that he understands the other guys' real position?

It's not as if Mr. Boehner and the Republicans wouldn't deal. They've been weakened and they know it.

. . . No one would know this better than Mr. Boehner, who has risen to where he is in part because he's good at seeing the lay of the land and admitting what's there.

The president would only benefit from showing he has the command and capability to meet, argue, press and come to agreement. It would be heartening to the country to see this, and would impress the world. And the Republicans would like to get it done.


WSJ's Noonan: Crisis Is the Obama Way
~ Headline on Newsmax

Listen Peggy, elections have consequences. One of those consequences is that the losing side does not get to make demands like they won. You lost, Peggy. Badly. And unlike Bush’s 2004 Social Security bait and switch (which failed miserably), Obama is doing exactly what he campaigned on. You’ll take whatever you’re damn well given and like it!
Just as an aside: Notice that Peggy says Obama “wanted to raise taxes on those he calls the rich” as if people making over $250,000 are not rich? And this is not a tax raise on that first $250k anyway, it’s everything AFTER $250k. The median household income for 2012 was $50,054. If you’re making FIVE TIMES as much and still complaining you’re not rich? F**k. You.
~ Justin Rosario on Addicting Info

Tighten the squeeze on that couple, and they'll change how they live. They'll stop sending the struggling son to a neighborhood tutor, they'll stop going out to dinner once a week, they'll cut off the baby sitter, fire the guy who once a month does yard work, and hold back on new clothes.
~ Peggy Noonan

Of course, Peggy Noonan doesn't really want to know why everything always seems like a crisis. She just wants to create a rhetorical framework to make Republican behavior seem reasonable. The problem for her is that reality keeps on getting in the way.
~ Jed Lewison on Daily Kos

Peggy Noonan - Professional Concern Troll
~ comment by Beelzebud on Daily Kos

Just tell Peggy that the vibrations aren't right for Obama to negotiate against himself. She ought to understand that.
~ comment by litigatormom on Daily Kos referring to this column Noonan wrote the day before Election 2012 predicting a landslide for Romney because "all the vibrations are right."

MY GOD, it's official: they have sunk deeper and deeper and deeper into their DENIAL.
They have learned nothing from 6 November 2012.
They - can't HELP themselves now. They cannot come back to reality (assuming they ever were there, and with Noonan that is a BIG if).
~ comment by CoExistNow on Daily Kos

ooo ooo! pick me! pick me! i know the answer! because Tip O'Neill was:
• an honest man of integrity willing to put country first (ahead of partisan purity),
• a patriotic man who cared about what was best for the US as a whole,
• a smart man who understood that compromise is a necessary part of the political process;
• those three phrases do not describe Boehner (or McConnell)!
I know I'm right! What do I win???
~ comment by TrueBlueMajority on Daily Kos

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