The Republicans lost the House vote and looked like bitter, childish scam artists in the process while President Obama looked magnanimous and proactive and, dare I say, presidential. So naturally that means: Republicans win! Flawless victory!
Obama vowed to change Washington and usher in a new post-partisan era. The the mood music and optics were pitch perfect as he trekked up to the Hill. Republicans praised his gesture, welcomed his sincere demeanour and appreciated his willingness to listen.
Problem was, he wanted only to listen and did not want to act on what Republicans said.
Okay, so the president was supposed to add everything the Republicans wanted? If so, why? They're not the majority party. The Democrats don't need the Republicans to pass this. Nevertheless, this false notion in the establishment press that President Obama is all about capitulating and giving the Republicans everything they want is going to get more ridiculous and more annoying and more idiotic before it gets better.