Once again, the Democrats decide to sit back and let their economic stimulus plan sell itself. Meanwhile, the Republicans dominated the on-air debate, trashing the plan 2 to 1 on the cable news networks.
Worst still, the most charismatic asset for the Democrats, President Obama, decides to sit out the debate for the sake of bipartisanship.
The Republicans take advantage of Obama’s self inflicted handicap, and completely play him for a sucker. Does Obama learn a lesson about Washington’s dream of bipartisanship? I sure hope so.
On Sunday, conservatives began an all-out assault on President Obama’s economic recovery plan, with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) both announcing that they would vote against the plan as it stood. Despite Obama’s efforts at good faith outreach, congressional conservatives have continued to attack the stimulus plan with a series of false and disingenuous arguments.