Yes, let’s invite a misogynist to the White House, a guy who’s called for violence against police officers, and called for killing the former president of the United States George W. Bush.
Over at the USSC blog, I talk about how in a small way it is kinda radical to have a rapper, even if it is Common, performing at the White House.
Democrats approach negotiations with a stack of demands they expect to bargain away. Republicans go to the table with the position they intend to end up with.
Who do you think’s going to win that negotiation?
Remember the Democrats’ absolute refusal to accept an extension of the Bush tax cuts that would go to the “wealthy”? Republicans drew their line in the sand on that issue -– only to have it bargained away in exchange for a tax extender bill written largely by Obama, the START Treaty, the repeal of “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell,” a new entitlement, and a reenergized Obama administration risen from the electoral ashes.
Michael Hammond, “The Drunk On The Beltway: Two Obama Tricks That Are Going To Clean Boehner’s Clock,” RedState, June 27, 2011
And the reason Republicans are doing this is because they must believe that it will work: Mr. Obama caved in over tax cuts, and they expect him to cave again. They believe that they have the upper hand, because the public will blame the president for the economic crisis they’re threatening to create. In fact, it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. leaders actually want the economy to perform badly.
The paranoia of one of these men is more justified than that of the other, but I liked the symmetry, and made it the basis of my post today at the USSC: