I demurred when White House press flack Jay Carney reportedly linked the Newtown massacre to the need for tax hikes. It may well have been his intent, but his remark was sufficiently oblique as to be deniable.
On the other hand, President Obama’s statement today was really quite explicit:
If this past week has done anything it should give us some perspective. I-I-I-If there’s one thing we should have, after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what’s important. And I would like to think that members of that caucus would say to themselves “You know what, I disagree with the president on some things. . . But right now, what the country needs is for us to compromise, get a deficit reduction deal in place, [etc.], allow ourselves time to focus on things like preventing the tragedy in Newtown from happening again, [etc.], and if we could just pull back from the immediate political battles, if ya peel off the partisan war paint, then we should be able to get something done.”
I think, I think the Speaker would like to get that done. But an environment needs to be created not just among House Republicans but among Senate Republicans that says the campaign is over and let’s see if we can do what’s right for the country, at least for the next month!
There you have it: Because of Newtown, Republicans need to stop fighting Obama’s agenda. The man has no decency whatsoever.
(Via PJ Tatler.)