Que The Twilight Zone Music....
Rachel Maddow once again hits a home run in her analysis of the Obama Administration and it's tiresome attempts at bipartisanship and compromise with the party of "I'd rather see the majority of American families homeless and in poverty than to work with this president".
Someone close to the president needs to sit him down and show him video after video of press conferences where he commends Republicans, calls for cooperation between party lines and states that he knows that America needs them to work together to get things done followed by Republican leaders basically saying that unless Obama hands all of his authority over to the Right that he hasn't "gone far enough".
The conservative war cry lately has been "he still doesn't get it" and now I must say that I agree. Obama still doesn't get that the Teapublicans want to eat his liver with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Perhaps that person who has a sit down with President Obama should be someone who's been there and done that...
"When he got elected, the first thing he said was, 'I don't want any investigations into the Bush years; I want to go right ahead. We want to get this country moving again,'" Mr. Clinton told host Bob Schieffer. "He kept thinking that he would find some partners in the Republican Party. He didn't.
"It was clear that Mr. Boehner and Senator McConnell, they weren't going to vote for any meaningful health care bill. They weren't going to support any student loan reform that the banks didn't like. They were going to oppose the financial oversight bill (we got a couple of Republicans for that).
"I think he was shocked at the intensity of the Republican opposition," he said of President Obama. "But they learned from my first two years that if you just say 'No,' even though people hate it, you get rewarded for it, because it discourages the Democrats and it inflames your base.
Of the opposition coming from Republicans to any proposal put forth by Mr. Obama, Clinton said, "I think that it disoriented him for a while. He just kept trying and kept trying. I also think he believed that if he accomplished a lot on the legislative front, that would be reflected in a better political climate. But the problem is there's a huge lag time once you get in a deep economic hole between digging out of it and having people feel it.
So yes in 2012 if the U.S. economy continues on its upward trend then Obama and the Dem's with be just fine.
But back to our President and him needing to take off his rose colored glasses. Perhaps there could be a group intervention where Bill and the Independent Senator from Vermont are locked in a room with our President. They could do a whole "good cop/ bad cop" routine where Bill encourages him and Bernie Sanders yells while pounding his fist on the desk demanding that Obama "man up".