Those among the left-leaning media who proved their wonk-hood by spending New Years Eve watching C-SPAN instead of Taylor Swift, spent the first morning of 2013 expressing their scorn for President Obama’s negotiating skills.
A New York Times editorial complains:
“This deal is a weak brew that remains far too generous to the rich and fails to bring in enough revenue to deal with the nation’s deep need for public investments.”
Paul Krugman’s blog post, titled “Conceder In Chief?,” strikes a similarly bleak view of the bargain Obama struck with the Senate Republicans:
OK, now for the really bad news. Anyone looking at these negotiations, especially given Obama’s previous behavior, can’t help but reach one main conclusion: whenever the president says that there’s an issue on which he absolutely, positively won’t give ground, you can count on him, you know, giving way — and soon, too. The idea that you should only make promises and threats you intend to make good on doesn’t seem to be one that this particular president can grasp.
And not to be outdone, “Hunter” on Daily Kos puts everything we need to know about the writer’s opinion of the deal right in the headline: “White House, Senate unveil final, even stupider ‘fiscal cliff’ deal. Vote expected tonight.”