Commenter “beverly” suggests a new meme: “Pin the tail on the donkey.” Blame the Democrats.
I like it. Spread it around.
Only problem: without the cooperation of the MSM it’s probably impossible to do.
Paul Mirengoff points out that:
…[Obama’s offer is like that of] Michael Corleone, “My offer is this, nothing. Not even the money for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.”
Even Times reporter Jonathan Weisman seemed taken aback by the White House’s position. He described the offer as “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts.” As far as I can tell, however, there are no detailed spending cuts. Obama did propose some upfront cuts in programs like farm price supports but, according to Weisman, did not specify an amount or any details.
The decision to present this absurdly one-sided proposal comes straight from the Obama playbook. Recall that the president has presented budgets so ridiculous that they could not garner even one Democratic vote in Congress. Republicans then presented detailed budgets that, unlike the president’s, actually address the debt crisis. Obama responding by demagoguing the Republican cuts.
…[T]his gambit by Obama was not meant to outline the parameters of negotiations. It was initiated to begin the political process of blaming the GOP if talks fail. It is not serious governance. It is a reflection of the fact that the president has no clue how to govern, only how to run for office. This is a ploy one might find during a campaign, not an attempt to reach out seriously to the other side. Hence, there are so many poison pills in this proposal — pills the president knew the GOP would never, ever accept – that one can safely assume the president is perfectly willing to go over the fiscal cliff, confident that the American people, as instructed by his allies in the media, will blame Republicans for the disaster.
The only quarrel I have with that quote is that I’d say the president does know how to govern, by his own definition at least—which is to try to grab as much power as he possibly can. “Reaching out seriously to the other side” would be an unnecessary hindrance to Obama, so he does not do it, and it is not required of him, because the consequences that would occur for a Republican president who tried to do the same (excoriation by the media) do not exist for Obama.
Note that in the comments section of the Moran article, as well as comments on many other blogs, a fair number of conservatives respond by saying they will abandon the Republican Party—thus effectively pinning the tail on the elephant. IMHO that can only help Obama, although they are rightly angry at the Republicans’ propensity to play the role of Charlie Brown to Obama’s Lucy (an anger I share).
But I see Republicans as having no good alternatives here. Their biggest error (and it was a big one) was underestimating Obama’s ruthlessness, and exhibiting insufficient toughness themselves. And this error of perception about Obama is inexplicable, because he showed long ago, before he was elected (probably as early as his very first run for office in 1995), what he was made of.
So this is my question for you: what could the GOP do right now that would satisfy you? Is there anything? And do you really think turning on the Republican Party is the answer? What do you think will happen if significant numbers of conservatives do that?