Or at least that’s the headline I would have put on this Mark Halperin item, “Obama Losing Patience“:
The President and his top advisers have betrayed visible annoyance at the Republicans’ failure to rally behind the White House’s latest plans to goose the economy: proposed tax incentives for companies to make capital expenditures and do more R&D.
The Oval Office agitation is understandable. Obama is calling for some of the same provisions that the GOP and its business-lobby allies have touted for years and that are backed by a strong majority of policy experts. Republicans aren’t suggesting Obama’s ideas are bad. Sticking to House minority leader John Boehner’s playbook, they are simply dodging any action that might improve the President’s standing. (See how Barack Obama became Mr. Unpopular.)
The Oval Office agitation is understandable? Halperin goes on to acknowledge that even Democrats are frustrated about Obama offering these policies so late, but he is still being way too generous to the White House here. After two years of Obama and a Democratic Congress dismissing all GOP ideas and driving Obamacare “down the Republicans’ throats and out their backsides,” the White House is suddenly miffed that Republicans aren’t lining up to kiss his ring and share the credit?
The simple fact is that Democrats have enacted a series of “historic” legislative accomplishments which have proven fantastically unpopular and done nothing to help put the economy on track. Obama, after dithering through our “Recovery Summer”, and “on the precipice” of the midterms, suddenly and desperately wants to co-opt a couple of Republican ideas.
Here’s a better idea: Just fly to another state where there’s 10.4 percent unemployment and he has a 41 percent approval rating so he can give another speech attacking John Boehner. That should get Republicans in line.