Many people have argued, repeatedly and vociferously, that the president could attain better outcomes by demonstrating more leadership, by asking for a whole lot more than he could realistically get, and by taking his case to the American people. If he would stop trying to get along with Republicans and, instead, take them on with hot rhetoric, he would get more done and be seen more favorably by the public.
As he then went on to say, the White House is now doing what they wanted.
They called for a Joint Session of Congress and called for a Jobs Bill that is a lot more comprehensive than anything that is actually likely to pass. The president went on the road,... and did his best to sell his bill. He ramped up his rhetoric and directly blamed the Republicans for their obstruction. He didn't preemptively offer to water down his bill, but repeatedly called for the whole bill to be passed, and passed quickly.
And now we're hearing this kind of bullshit from Minority Leader McConnell.
[T]hat’s their explicit strategy — to make people believe that Congress can’t get anything done.
And how do you make sure of it? By proposing legislation you know the other side won’t support — even when there’s an entire menu of bipartisan proposals the President could choose to pursue instead. The President can govern as though this is the congress he wants or he can deal with the congress he has. Along the first path lies gridlock and along the second lies the kind of legislative progress Americans want. And as for Republicans, well, we’ve been crystal clear from the outset that we prefer the latter route.
Yep, the guy who is personally responsible for the "party of no" strategy is now accusing President Obama of "gridlock." Can you spell p-r-o-j-e-c-t-i-o-n?
So where are those "baggers of fire" who have been screaming about this for years? Are they calling McConnell (and other Republicans who have been saying the same thing) out? Do they have the President's back on this?
A quick perusal of their websites shows lots of stories about Occupy Wall Street and a few about the crazy shenanigans of the Republicans at the so-called "Value Voters Conference." But not a peep about President Obama or the attacks being hurled at him by Republicans.
And they wonder why he doesn't listen to them.