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November 28, 2012

Laugh: Washington Post Issues CYA Editorial Calling on Obama To Stop Campaigning And Start Finding Solutions

I say this is CYA because the Post's editorial board would like to think of themselves as the sort of people who put statesmanship above politics, but in fact they supported Barack Obama in this past election, the Man With No Plan.

Now they're surprised that President Campaign Mode is sticking with his woobie of permanent campaign mode?

The Post editorial board, which endorsed Obama in part because “the president understands the urgency of the problems as well as anyone in the country and is committed to solving them in a balanced way,” now warns: “Since his reelection, Mr. Obama has fueled a campaign-style effort to pressure Republicans to give ground on taxes. That’s fine, but it won’t be enough. At some point, he has to prepare the American people — and his own supporters most of all — for the ‘hard decisions’ required to put the country on a sound financial footing. That means spending cuts, it means entitlement reform, it means compromise, it means a balanced solution that will please neither House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Only one person is in a position to make it happen.”

I realize this post seems to undermine the last, in which I said the media never notices the extreme partisan intransigence of the Democrats. But I still think I'm right. There is serious criticism and then there is just positioning oneself so that one can say, at some future point, "Oh, we told the Democrats to compromise too."

The Narrative of the last four years has been "Extremist Republicans won't compromise with the Democrats, who seek compromise and solutions." A couple of "Obama must rise above" editorials don't change that. A river isn't bent by the plunkings of a few raindrops.


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