Obama tax compromise smashes Democrats in 2 View another article
by PTD

"F--- the President" was uttered by a frustrated DEMOCRATIC lawmaker today, as well as "We can't trust him" (referring the Obama). What gives? Can't Obama get any love for being post-partisan from fellow Democrats?

Apparently not. This compromise, at the tail end of a truly depressing and frightening 2 yaers of complete Democratic power, is now ending with a whimper. And that whimper is the sound of the Democratic Party, broken in 2.

On one side is Obama, and ostensibly other "pragmatists" or those realistic enough to know that Democrats MUST extend all the tax cuts. Why is this?
1 They don't have enough votes in the Senate to extend only the middle class tax cuts. Many conservative DEMOCRATS, such as Lieberman and Baucus, say they won't support anything but 100% tax extension.
2 If they let the taxes increase after 12/31, then Republicans will pounce on Democrats and Obama for "tax-and-spend liberals" in the midst of a serious downturn. What Dem politician wants to live with that? And then have the Republicans save the American taxpayer when they come into office in January? Won't happen.

So here we are, with liberals absolutely incensed that they are in this position.

And as we said yesterday, it's their own doing: After years of POUNDING hysterically against the tax cuts in general and the tax cuts "for the rich" in particular, they are now emotionally invested in loathing extending them. So who ends up extending them, in the matter of compromise?

Their own President Obama.

And this is what is causing the frustration, not only from Democratic politicians, but across America. You can sense the depression, loathing, confusion, and anger among liberals from sea to shining sea.

So this brings us back to the Dem Party. This act from Obama will sour millions of Democrats away from Obama, and the most liberal ones. It breaks the "brand" of Obama as a staunch liberal, and even the Democratic Party itself. With Pelosi and Reid being forced to sign on, who do the Democrats trust?

No one. So as Democrats pick up the pieces of their shattered party, long-term issues of trust will fester for Obama among the party faithful on the left. The left that was so unified with moderate Democrats in 2006/2008 against Bush, now has no focus or outlet. The left that had thrills up their leg and chills down their spine at the young Barack Obama, becoming the nation's first Black President. Their thrills and chills are no more, long ago washed away by the blank slate of Obama. But this was the ultimate coup de grace in liberal heresy, the ultimate slap in the face: Obama actually extended the Bush tax cuts...for the RICH! I'm sure a lot of liberals are still in shock.

And as for the shattered Democrats, with an abandoned set of wandering and angry liberals pitted against craven "pragmatists" who want to win at all costs, there is one thing to say:

"All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again."

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