Friday, February 25, 2011
The Hill seems to think Obama staying out of current budget negotiations is a good idea. I'm not so sure. First, I think it makes him seem like an aloof leader that is avoiding our most complex problems. Second, this aloofness gives Republicans ammo to attack him with. Third, he is failing to follow Bill Clinton's successful gov't shutdown playbook. Bill Clinton won the 1995 budget showdown by rolling (or appearing to roll) up his sleeves and negotiating with Republicans. Obama has yet to do this. What do you guys think? Is "staying above the fray" a good idea for Obama on this issue?