Read it and weep

Brad DeLong reads Suskind’s new book and discovers that Obama is actually a Republican.


There’s a lot to say, not the least of which is the fact that the president seems to have been remarkably hostile to any discussion of trying to do another stimulus when it was obvious the first wasn’t doing what was needed. (And evidently he particularly didn’t want to hear any more about it from someone who didn’t have a penis in her pocket.)

In the excerpt about the “jobless recovery” Suskind reports that when the administration was informed of the potential for unemployment at 9.8% in 2010, Obama was pensive, knowing that the midterms could be a bloodbath and he asked for some input. (Apparently he prefers “pro and con” lists rather than detailed analysis or charts, which seems oddly Bushian.) In any case, he was apparently unmoved by the various scenarios, passively saying he hoped the rosier scenarios came to pass and that was that.

It certainly does clear up any thought we might have had about whether or not the president is a real fiscal conservative or whether he was just flogging this deficit obsession for political effect. He’s a true believer. And we know this because of his reliance on other deficit hawks and because when the political bloodbath the jobless recovery had predicted came true, his first move was to validate the Republicans’ manufactured narrative about what had motivated their voters and launch his program of budget cuts and deficit reduction.

I have thought that his fetish for a Grand Bargain was mostly born of a delusional belief that he was someone who could bridge unbridgeable differences and be remembered as the man who brought cats and dogs together. But it looks as though he was just as motivated by the fact that he’s a true blue, Concord Coalition, Pete Peterson deficit hawk.

Told ya.

6 thoughts on “Read it and weep

  1. C’mon! Post-2010 elections was not the first or only time Obama evidenced his Inner Republican!

    He created the initial Cat Food Commission, chaired with deficit hawks of his choice (Simpson and Bowles), by executive order signed on February 18, 2010. He had his chosen chairmen ready for interviews on that day as well.

    AND…it had been a gleam in his eye and longing in his heart much earlier than that as he had been pushing Congress to pass a bill creating a similar commission in 2009. The Senate defeated that idea in December, 2009.

    These actions were preceded by a lot of other things he’d said and written prior to running for the presidency and during his campaign which almost screamed “Republican Lite! Stealth candidate!” That’s why I could not vote for him.

    Back in 2009, fer cryin’ out loud, he’d made secret freekin’ agreements which suited the Big Health Industry Playahs and even lied to the public about the so-called, undefined, something-something public option still being in play if only the public would support Obama and his health insurance profit protection plan!

    Trust Obama’s actions, not his fine or even fumbling words.

    Give us a break!

    That these bloggers missed that is quite telling.

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