The President, though tragically wrong about the policy, was right about the short-term politics of the debt deal

Ezra Klein last week:

USA Today and Gallup polled the debt deal and found that “only 22% of Tea Party supporters approve of the deal, compared with 26% of Republicans generally and 58% of Democrats.”

I don’t think there’s anyone in either party who has seriously looked into the details of this deal and concluded that it tilts towards the Democrats. But most people don’t evaluate politics by looking at the details. They get an impressionistic sense of the process and the outcome and they form a judgment. And what most people know is that after a long and bitter fight, Washington finally came to a compromise. So when thinking about these poll results, I’d urge you to keep the fact that Democrats like compromises and Republicans don’t like compromises in mind …

The President’s correct political calculation does not, to my mind, redeem his manifestly incorrect policy response. To the contrary, good leadership sometimes requires doing the hard but necessary thing, the politics be damned.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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One Response to The President, though tragically wrong about the policy, was right about the short-term politics of the debt deal

  1. Pingback: Guy’s response to Peggy Noonan (via the reader who sent it in) | Notes and Rests Make Music

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