It's been a while since I have worked in the field but I am not sure Valium is the solution for a terminal case of audacious and grandiose expectations, particularly when the patient doesn't have the good sense to come bearing even a token gift. Nothing, not even a Trojan horse. Obama offered his presence I guess, in exchange for his demand Republicans stand up to their conservative base and help him pass his liberal agenda. I think Haldol is commonly prescribed for hallucinations.
In one of the most heated exchanges of the lunch, Corker accused Obama of acting “duplicitous” in his calls for bipartisanship, saying that he was trying to cut a deal on regulatory reform only to see the rug pulled out from underneath him. At one point, Corker said Obama was using lunch with Republicans as a “prop.”Yes well, ambitious or psychotic, take your pick. Obama feels he is entitled to Republican support for his audacious agenda. He has, after all, bled for the country or something:
"I told him I thought there was a degree of audacity in him even showing up today after what had happened with financial regulation," Corker told reporters after Republicans met with Obama.
Republicans came away believing Obama wants to do too much, too fast.
"He wants to do immigration, climate change — all before we go home — he's a very ambitious guy," said Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.). "I think he needs to step back and see where the country is at."
“There was some good healthy give-and-take in there,” Graham said. “He believes that he’s bled for the country in terms of giving up political capital and making his base mad. He said that often. … It was at times testy; I think overall it was cordial.”Testy and cordial are often interchangeable aren't they? Obama has bled support alright. Imposing a left-wing agenda on a center-right country will do that for you. Asking the Republicans to sacrifice themselves so his radical left wing base doesn't abandon him as well is nothing short of delusional. I hope Dr. Krauthammer has something in his black bag to fix that.
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