In the piece, Obama aides note that the president and his team underestimated Republican rejectionism. "Perhaps we were naive," White House adviser David Axelrod remarked to Baker. "First, [the president's] always had good relations across party lines. And secondly, I think he believed that in the midst of a crisis you could find partners on the other side of the aisle to help deal with it. I don't think anyone here expected the degree of partisanship that we confronted." Recently departed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said, "Part of what [the Republicans] were doing was not just making us grind it out. They were souring the country on the mood of the country."
Obama noted that it was probably a mistake to incorporate Republican-style tax cuts into the stimulus to win over GOPers and that he should have let the Republicans push for such tax cuts, so he could then score political points by accepting them as a bipartisan compromise. In other words, he couldn't deal straight with Republicans because they were not straight shooters. Give them a good-faith compromise at the start, and they'll hit you with a two-by-four.
Wait a damn minute here. He got what they wanted. He signed the damn thing. Why did he ever need one republican on the stimulus in the first place? To share the blame on a pile of crap. To suggest that republicans obstructed bills that passed without them is total BS.
Maybe, just maybe, this stimulus was so horrible it wouldn't even pass the stench test for one of our infamous RINO's (Snowe, Grahamnesty, Collins, RINOvich)?
So now. They own it but are too chicken to run on it. Or as Joe Biden would say, "it's too complicated". But explaining alleged foreign contributions to the chamber of commerce who turned around and spent that money on campaign ads is oh so straight forward.
I used to think the general media types were such partisan liberals they would refuse to call out the BS. Now I just think they are so stupid they can't even recognize BS when it's right under their noses. Which is why they're probably liberals in the first place.