January 30, 2009
STICKING IT TO RAHM. “Rahm told the president that he can take care of Congress . . . He said, ‘These guys will roll over, they’re afraid of being called the party of No. Believe me, I know them. They’ll be easy.’” Plus this:
“We gave the president what he asked for, a temporary stimulus bill,” said a senior Republican, “at half the cost of what the Democrats wrote. He knows it. They handed him a monster of spending. Rahm did this, and now he takes this to the Senate. Does Rahm want to be an honest broker, or does he want to be the guy who socks Republicans in the face? He isn’t helping with the Democrats, and he’s hurting with the Republicans.”
Obama couldn’t control the House Democrats; why should he expect to do better with the House Republicans?