Skip to comments.How liberal 'triumphs' on Syria and Summers have weakened Obama
Posted on 09/16/2013 7:08:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
The left is on a roll. Liberals successfully pushed back against President Obamas plan to launch airstrikes in Syria, and then quashed the expected nomination of Larry Summers as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
That one-two punch from some usually loyal Democratic allies has left Mr. Obama in a weakened political state right as he enters tough negotiations with Republicans: to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30, and to raise the limit on federal borrowing authority a few weeks later.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner is having an even harder time getting his own base to heel but whether thats good news for Obama is debatable.
What is clear, analysts say, is that emboldened liberals in Congress could make it harder for Obama to operate as he has in the past that is, making major concessions to Republicans to win deals on government funding and to prevent a default on the debt.
The latest cause of liberal concern is over Obamas reported willingness to agree to a short-term budget deal that retains the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration a position that even the Houses No. 2 Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, opposes.
The left has felt that for much of the Obama presidency they have not been very central, and that the president even though he appealed to them in campaigns didnt really do much once he was in power to meet their concerns, says Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public policy at Princeton University.
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A lot of "neo-con conservative extremist liberals" now I guess.
It wasn't Code Pink that made him look for a way out.
The left has felt that for much of the Obama presidency they have not been very central, and that the president even though he appealed to them in campaigns didnt really do much once he was in power to meet their concerns,
The problem the left has with Obama is that he has not been liberal ENOUGH. Sickening.
What kind of crap is this? Has the revisionism started already?
It was not “liberals” who opposed Syrian strikes. Well ... to their credit, some did. It was real conservatives and a vast majority of all Americans who put a stop to that insanity.