When history is written I think we’ll find that the White House was playing a vastly more intelligent game than any of the progressive pundits understood — at least those who agonized when the President was “failing in leadership”, their take, not mine.
To get the entire Obama agenda done, it was and is necessary to leave no stone unturned and to educate the public to the realities of Washington. The public has had a crash course in special interests and GOP obstructionism. It is not lost on the public.
This is why the President leads on every issue and why those who think there will be a conservative tide in ’10 are all wet/
The reason the party of NO has been adamant is that they are smart enough to see that their goose is cooked as soon as Obama’s successes begin to mount. At first they could not allow for the thought for reasons that are all to plain and sad to see. Now they know. They have held out as long as they could.
The White House has played rope-a-dope just as the President has mostly played it from the start. It wreaks havoc with the news cycle and muddles the pundit mind.