You don't say? House Minority Whip Eric Cantor says he doesn't think Obama's reference to the Republicans as hostage takers is "helpful." Actually, nothing Obama said at the presser was helpful to sealing a deal -- or improving Obama's image.
You don't say? "President Obama and his negotiators cut this tax deal, and it might be up to them to sell it to their fellow partisans in Congress. Since Monday night, it's become clear that congressional Democrats aren't exactly itching to pass this deal, and neither the House nor the Senate has seen Democratic leaders jump at the opportunity to press their caucuses to accept the president's plan." He probably should have left out that line about liberals being sanctimonious.
You don't say? Charlie Cooks says the Democrats are in denial: "Many Democrats seem to take solace in the idea that stubbornly high unemployment and the terrible economy are to blame for their midterm election losses. They are unwilling to acknowledge that there were some more fundamental factors at work, ones that may be too unpleasant for them to face."
You don't say? Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) didn't care for Obama's press conference either. "My thought was that the president was acknowledging the reality of the election and making some compromise.... But, obviously, he is not committed to bipartisanship." Or he is just really, really bad at it.
You don't say? Referring to the break-off of Middle East peace talks: "Officials said the administration decided to pull the plug because it concluded that even if Mr. Netanyahu persuaded his cabinet to accept an extension -- which he had not yet been able to do -- the 90-day negotiating period would not have produced the progress on core issues that the administration originally had hoped for." They only now figured this out?
You don't say? The Hill headline isn't going to make Obama any less grumpy: "Left sees tax surrender, says Obama reelection bid now crippled."
You don't say? Howard Fineman points out that Obama did a very bad job of negotiating: "The White House and the party spin doctors it controls are putting out press releases touting all that Obama 'got' in his 'negotiations' with the GOP. But most of what he 'got' were more unpaid-for tax cuts to go along with the $100 billion or so he waved ahead in two year's worth of tax cuts for every family making more than $250,000 a year. Even the estate-tax deals had levels and limits far lower than what accountants and tax advisors to the rich had been bracing for, I'm told by industry types." Well, when Huffington Post and Right Turn agree, it's safe to say the president is in a heap of trouble.
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