The President’s compromise with the Republicans in order to get tax cuts for the middle class and extending unemployment compensation has generated a feud amongst the chattering class on the left. On MSNBC Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow have all blown a gasket on this compromise, claiming that the President has “caved” to the right. Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell have claimed that the President got the best deal he could.
Firebrands Schultz, Olbermann and Maddow, just want to stick it to the Republicans. They want a political battle to carry on no matter the collateral damage to the afflicted. And why shouldn’t they? They will not suffer and a political battle only helps improve their ratings.
Matthews and O’Donnell, the only two who have actually worked in government, understand that politics is the art of the deal. If you want to get something done in Washington to help the constituents, you must compromise. They understand the best is the enemy of the good.
Democrats in the House and Senate are either pissed or OK with the compromise much for the same reasons.
Meanwhile, the right is sitting back and enjoying the show. It takes the attention off the seriously fractious elements of the Republican party.