Michael Kinsley thinks President Obama should give in to the GOP.
The media will no doubt call Obama weak because he gave in. So let them. Sticks and stones. Meanwhile, will the Republicans really take the past couple of weeks as a precedent and push him around on every issue that comes up? Highly unlikely. They are already getting most of the blame. They surely don’t look forward to trying to convince voters it was such a swell experience that they’re going to put us through it again and again.
Yeah, because the Republicans have a deep sense of shame and self-awareness.
(On the other hand, this will get him a lot of invites to Beltway cocktail parties where, after a couple of vodka and tonics, folks are going mumble something about how he might have a point there.)