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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Griper Blade: A Fight Worth Having

Boxing match
Any headline that includes the words "Obama is Against a Compromise" is probably a move in the right direction. It turns out that if a fight's worth having, you have to be prepared to lose. But this White House has been more than willing to avoid fights worth having. Take healthcare reform: the administration began at the compromise position -- a public option, rather than singlepayer -- and compromised even that away. It was a victory, but it was a Pyrrhic victory, disappointing the liberal base and going a long way toward dulling the enthusiasm of Democratic voters going into the midterm elections. "Obama is Against a Compromise" sounds a lot more like leadership than "Obama Builds Coalition to Study Alternatives."

So liberals must find a New York Times article, titled "Obama Is Against a Compromise on Bush Tax Cuts," more to their tastes. Liberals like a fight, as long as it's the good fight, and this means it's good to see the president draw a line in the sand.

President Obama on Wednesday will make clear that he opposes any compromise that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy beyond this year, officials said, adding a populist twist to an election-season economic package that is otherwise designed to entice support from big businesses and their Republican allies...[CLICK TO READ FULL POST]

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