It’s not what he promised, but it is who he is

Michael Goodwin

O, now Dems get it

After watching President Obama give two speeches and a press conference in two days, I can now confidently summarize his logic on the tax deal.

Republicans are evil for making him do it. And Democrats are stupid for not understanding why he did it.

In other words, he’s moral and wise, and you’re not.

To call Obama’s performance unpresidential doesn’t do justice to his shotgun fury. After lashing out yesterday at his base — The New York Times editorial page, “purists,” liberals and “sanctimonious” Democrats — he accused Republicans of holding tax cuts for the wealthy as “their Holy Grail.” He also charged them with “hostage taking” because they insisted on blocking tax hikes for any Americans.

It was a remarkable two-day spectacle, if you like self-pitying tirades and bare-knuckled language about “itchin’ for a fight” from a man who promised to unite the country. Remember, no red, no blue states, only the United States?

Actually, maybe he’s finally found the formula.

Democrats now on the receiving end of his contempt for dissent know what Republicans and independents have experienced for two years. You’re either with him 100 percent, or he’s against you.

It’s not what he promised, but it’s who he is.

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