The liberal/Democrat civil war, parts ix, x, and xi:
This Obama-Republican tax cut compromise, or, as I like to call it: Catfight!
Over at Let Freedom Ring, “some progressives calling it capitulation:”
But many Democrats felt the president gave up too much and gave in too fast. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was noncommittal. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he would filibuster, and a group of progressive Democrats in the House circulated a letter in opposition.
Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee called the deal a capitulation.
So much for bipartisan compromise, I guess. But wait, it gets better:
“We wanted a fight, the House didn’t throw a punch,” a senior White House official tells ABC News, pointing out that for months before the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama was making the case against the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans. “The House wouldn’t vote before the Senate, and the Senate was afraid they’d lose a vote on it.”
“It was like the Jets versus Sharks except there weren’t any Jets,” the official said. “Senator Schumer says he wants a fight? He couldn’t hold his caucus together.”
Mee-ow. Fft. Ffffft.
Democrats sniping at Democrats. Liberals (“progressives”) sniping at Democrats. Enough? No! Not for this story. Jim Geraghty headlines:
The 2008 Obama Would Denounce the 2010 Obama
Now that’s a civil war!
President Obama looks haggard and peeved and petulant at his White House press briefing on the tax deal, still underway as I type.
Exuding his typical gracelessness, he pouted about being forced into negotiations, whined about “tax cuts for the wealthy” as the “Holy Grail” of the Republican Party, and yes, referred to the GOP as “hostage-takers.”
Also: Marathon Pundit has a photographic representation of…Democrats at War. Just pretend that John is a Democrat.