A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.
Sigh. Mr. President, let me put this simply: THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO COMPROMISE WITH YOU. NEVER. IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. EVER. If they wouldn't do it when you had the House and Senate, what fantasy of denial leads you to believe that they'll do it now?
With his comments, Obama largely followed the lead of Republican leaders who said earlier in the day they were willing to compromise — within limits.
With unemployment at 9.6 percent, both the president and the Republicans will be under pressure to compromise. Yet neither must lose faith with core supporters — the Republicans with the tea party activists who helped them win power, Obama with the voters whose support he will need in 2012.
He's already lost our support. And one reason is: None of us are even the slightest bit surprised that he "largely followed the lead of Republican leaders."