I sit down this morning….
The last day of 2011 and both the NY Times and Washington Post and LA Times are leading with same story….
President Obama will start the new year trying to amplify last week victory over the Republican IN THE HOUSE….
Lets face it….
Since November 2010 when the GOP achieved a solid majority in the House President Obama and the Democrats have gotten rolled regularity…..
Even time the Democrats settled on something…
The House GOP newbie block would lead the rest of the place to standing on the Presidents political toes until he caved….
It WAS terrible for Democrats and the rest the country to watch….
Republicans led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor , not Speaker John Boehner would ALWAYS vacillate between doing nothing…
Then Rooster walking the theme that WE run this damn place NOT the party elders and moderates and definitely NOT the Democratic President…
All of that went on as the nations economy tried to right itself and more importantly the nations private sector started to hire and the nations
State and Local governments continued to fire people….
While the GOP House negated to see that….
The President started talking about jobs…..
About try to get people BACK to Work….
Now the average Joe or Jane really don’t give a tinkers damn about balanced budgets and deficits…..
They want to work…..
So the last few weeks the President found himself in a position he hasn’t be for a while….
He was fighting the 60 or so GOP newbie House members on an extension in the Jobless benefits…..
A continuation of the Payroll Tax extension and a extension of the Medicare Doctor payments extension…..
ALL things that AMERICAN’s and the media could understand that they WANTED…..
FUCK the Tea Party principal shit…..
The Republican moderates and old timers where with the President and Democrats….
They could smell an bad place to be from a mile away…
The newbie Conservative House members where blind (In fact they are STILL pissed)
So the GOP Speaker of the House agreed with the Democrats and accepted the deal on those three things and the bill they where in
ONLY to be kneecaped by his own newbie group who in the end found a President (Coached by Harry Reid) who had the Senate GOPer’s behind him ….
‘No Deal’ was the speech the President gave last week…..
‘No Deal’ was the speech Mitch McConnell the GOP Senate Minority Leader gave….
The House gave in…..
The Republicans will now have to vote on the SAME Bill AGAIN in 60 days with vastly different playing field before them for the near future….
As soon as Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination the White House will pivot to aim at him and probably tie him to the right leans he has had to make to get the GOP nomination…
But for now…
The President will be laying the foundation for his fight with the House GOP newbie’s in 60 days…..
Mr. Obama’s election-year strategy is an attempt to capitalize on his recent victory on a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and on his rising poll numbers. As the stage is set for the general election in November, he intends to hammer the theme of economic justice for ordinary Americans rather than continue battling with Congressional Republicans, said the official, Joshua R. Earnest, the deputy press secretary, previewing the White House’s strategy.
“In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012,” Mr. Earnest said at a briefing, “the president is no longer tied to Washington, D.C.” Winning a full-year extension of the cut in payroll taxes is the last “must-do” piece of legislation for the White House, he said.
However the White House chooses to frame Mr. Obama’s strategy, it amounts to a wholesale makeover of the young senator who won in 2008 by promising to change the culture of Washington, rise above the partisan fray and seek compromises.
Now, after three years in office, Mr. Obama is settling on a go-it-alone approach. In the coming weeks, Mr. Earnest said, Mr. Obama will step up his efforts to showcase unilateral measures he is taking to revive the economy, though he declined to give details.
Mr. Obama has used his executive authority in recent weeks to provide job training for returning military veterans and help students pay back theirstudent loans. Further underscoring the jobs theme, Mr. Obama plans to return to the road, starting with a trip to Cleveland in early January to speak about the economy.
The White House laid out the election-year strategy here in Hawaii, where Mr. Obama is vacationing, just as attention turns to the Republican caucuses in Iowa.
The message, though, is one the White House has been refining since July, when Mr. Obama’s attempts to forge a “grand bargain” with the House Republicans on fiscal policy collapsed and he reverted to a populist, anti-Congress strategy.
More from the NY Times……
After taking his lumps during the summer’s bitter debt-ceiling debacle, Obama switched tactics, eschewing an “inside game,” based on direct negotiations with Capitol Hill Republicans, for an “outside game,” focused on harnessing public opinion. It culminated two weeks ago when House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) gave in under enormous public pressure and agreed to an Obama-backed, two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.
Administration aides believe Obama emerged from the showdown with public consensus that he, not Congress, is more willing to rise above Washington’s partisan gridlock. And as he enters his reelection campaign year, Obama intends to “double down” on his outside strategy, pressing the message that he is fighting for the middle class against a Congress beholden to special interests, administration aides said.
Obama will resume his nationwide jobs tour with an appearance in Cleveland on Wednesday, and his State of the Union address on Jan. 24 will echo the populist themes the president laid out in a speech in Osawatomie, Kan., in early December.
“In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012 . . . the president is no longer tied to Washington,” deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.
White House aides believe that without being forced to engage Congress in regular partisan brinksmanship — “putting out fires,” as Earnest described it — Obama will have a “larger playing field” to articulate a broader agenda for the nation as he heads into the election. The administration views the looming February fight over how to pay for extending the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012 as the final “must-do” item, and the last potential “cliff-hanger” legislation on Obama’s domestic jobs agenda.
More from the Washington Post…
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