Democrats and the media may be trying to make Grover Norquist a fall guy in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, but at least that fan of small government gets what’s going on, telling Aaron Task of Yahoo! Finance:
I didn’t think this was case three weeks ago but do now think [President] Obama has decided to drive country over the fiscal cliff and blame the Republicans. . . . I spoke with people today — not are only there no [private] meetings going on, there are none planned . . . .
No meetings planned? But, aren’t meetings one way opposing parties resolve their differences? Well, the president for “the first time in days” did talk with Boehner by phone. And Republican leaders do want to sit down with the president to talk specifics, but no meeting appears forthcoming.
If President Obama and Democrats really wanted to get something done, he would be working on an offer to counter that Speaker Boehner put forward instead of criticizing and taunting Republicans in public fora.
But, I would wager the Democrats will present no counteroffer this week.
And with Obama’s apparent unwillingness to meet with Republicans to work out a compromise, it’s not just Grover Norquist who thinks Obama is trying to blame the GOP. Even an AP reporter gets the president’s game: “Presidential aides have even encouraged speculation that Obama is willing to let the economy go over the ‘fiscal cliff’ if necessary and gamble that the public blames Republicans for any fallout.”*
LIke Charles Krauthammer said, the president’s stance on these negotiations is all about playing politics and not about governing the country.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
*Now, who was that politician who was “trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.”