At Politico, Carrie Budoff and Jake Sherman ask: Is President Obama overplaying sequestration hand?
What do you think? I’ve seen this same general point made by different people, in two basic versions. First, as Budoff and Sherman argue, that Obama is “overplaying” his “tough guy” card. Two, that he’s once again convinced that his (behind the scenes, so this argument goes) negotiating abilities will get at least enough Republicans to join him so that he’ll be successful. I don’t know that either is accurate. To me, it mostly all looks like the usual DC political drama, with each side playing its role.
Here’s a part of the argument Budoff and Sherman make:
President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress – it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win.
He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.
That’s because Obama’s all-in on an outside strategy, doing just about everything other
than holding serious talks with Republicans.
Of course, “holding serious talks” would require not only Mr. Obama, but Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell, be willing to join the president.
And that just gets me back to DC Daily Drama government productions.