Monday, August 27, 2012

Not A Chance In Hell

Via TPM:

President Obama promises in a major new interview that Americans weary of partisan gridlock that Washington will be much more compromise-friendly if he wins a second term in the White House.

In an interview with the Associated Press published Saturday, Obama says Republicans hell-bent on shutting down his agenda will be more willing to play ball if he’s re-elected.

With all due respect, Mr. President, are you high?

There is not a chance in hell that the Republicans will be willing to compromise if President Obama wins a second term. If anything, they’ll dig in their heels even more and make the first term look like a garden party. They will know that he is a lame duck, and they know that historically second terms are like Hollywood sequels: all of the hype of the original but half as good, and it’s usually when the energy runs out and scandals start to pop up: vide Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinski, and so on. So there’s little impetus for the Republicans to do anything other than just wait him out until 2016.

The only way President Obama will be able to get anything through Congress is if the Democrats take back the house and get 60 votes in the Senate. Barring that, it’s going to be four more years of the same gridlock.