The Hill has a post about “Smash-Mouth” Harry Reid. Basically what they’re saying is that President Obama has outsourced his job to the Senate Majority Leader. They say Obama doesn’t want to disappoint his base by negotiating with those mean old Republicans, so he’ll let Reid play the bad cop. In the mean time his administration continues to make this partial shutdown as dramatic and painful as they possibly can.
He has taken the initiative from Obama, who played the principal role in the 2011 debt-limit talks and New Year’s fiscal cliff deal. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are relieved by the switch.
The majority leader has brought a more pugnacious style to the debate, bashing House conservatives as “anarchists” and mocking the “Banana Republican mindset.” This is a welcome change for Democrats who thought Obama was too accommodating to Republicans during previous crises.
Simply put, they believe less is more when it comes to Obama’s involvement in negotiations with the GOP.
Liberal Democrats do not fully trust Obama, in part because of his more diplomatic style. Their disquiet was deepened by his past tax deals with Republicans and repeated offers to trim Social Security and Medicare costs. (Read More)
Diplomatic style?!? Ha! What planet are they living on? He doesn’t even try to appear to be diplomatic anymore, unless you consider accusing your opponents of holding a gun to the heads of the American people as diplomacy.