Skip to comments.A Presidency Withoutů Guts
Posted on 02/26/2013 10:38:34 AM PST by smoothsailing
February 26, 2013 11:08 A.M.
So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me:
“If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning.
The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion:
… why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From the start, and increasingly in his second term, Mr. Obama has presented entitlement reform as something he would do grudgingly, as a favor to the opposition, when he should be explaining to the American people — and to his party — why it is an urgent national need. Obama priorities such as health and energy research, preschool education and job training: Those come from the discretionary budget.
Why? Because it would mean telling his party and his supporters things they don’t want to hear. And he doesn’t have the, er… stomach for it.
Sorry, James. Only if Michelle gave him one of hers too.
Obama is indeed a political coward, but he really does not want to reform entitlements. Their collapse is a necessary part of his tear-it-all-down-and-rebuild-it-in-my-image agenda.
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