All Partisan Scorched Earth, All the Time

December 3, 2012

In the Washington Examiner, Conn Carroll has a good line:

It is going to be all partisan scorched earth all the time, again, for four more years.

Obama will have changed Washington. But for the worse.

Read the whole thing.  Further excerpts:

Liberals, including Obama, love to cite Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., line that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” They claim it proves that Republicans were never willing to work with Obama from day one. But McConnell did not utter that line until October 2010, 22 months after Emanuel said, “F[   ] ’em.” Republicans were willing to work with Obama. He just wouldn’t let them.

. . . Not only did Geithner ask for $1.6 trillion in tax hikes (double what Obama campaigned on); not only did Geithner ask for new stimulus spending . . . .

The Geithner proposal completely killed any chance House Republican leaders had of convincing their members that Obama was an honest partner for anything — let alone major tax and entitlement reform.

Peggy Noonan agrees:

The election is over, a new era begins—and it looks just like the old one. . . .

You watch and wonder: Why does it always have to be cliffs with this president? Why is it always a high-stakes battle? . . . Why is there never a sense with Mr. Obama that he understands the other guys’ real position?

For whatever it’s worth, recall that Mrs. Noonan is one of those impeccably fair-minded sometime conservatives who endorsed Obama in 2008.

(Bonus awkward observation:  Mrs. Noonan loves the term “harum-scarum”?  She used it in both of the columns I just linked to—“harem-scarem” in 2008, “harum-scarum” last week.)

Hat tip to Jim Geraghty.

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