Apparently, Washington Republicans didn’t much like the president’s speech.
“The words were code for a progressive agenda. I’m hoping that the president will recognize that compromise should have been the words for today, and they clearly weren’t,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), told Politico.
Did Mr. Fast and Furious actually say “compromise”? Somewhere, there’s an irony alarm going off.
U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, Republican of Texas, had a similar response, complaining that “Instead of ‘hope and change,’ Obama has offered only hopelessness, bitter personal attacks and politics as usual.”
And yes, that is the same Steve Stockman currently trying to gin up a campaign to impeach the president.
“President Obama needs to put an end to the extremism that led to record deficits and millions of unemployed Americans, and instead work with Republicans on bipartisan solutions to the serious problems facing our nation,” according to Rep. Steve Scalise, the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
The RSC, you may recall, is an organization created for House Republicans who believe that the GOP caucus in general is too liberal and accommodating.
Personally, I don’t believe that anything Obama might have said yesterday, short of “I resign,” could alter the suspicious atmosphere in Washington. In recent years, Republicans may have lacked the power and votes to set the agenda in our nation’s capital, but they have been extremely successful in setting the tone that they now condemn.
In fact, their latest rhetoric suggests that maybe, just maybe, they may be coming to understand the political damage they have inflicted on themselves by such behavior. For example, it’s nice to see that they can now utter the word “compromise” in public without melting down like the Wicked Witch of the West.
That’s progress, of a sort.
– Jay Bookman