Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: In the new budget deal it certainly appears that the Republicans walked away with much more of what they were after than the Democrats did. So maybe the president will be happy to get today’s letter. Hey, it’s something.
Dear Mr. President,
If you see something flapping out of a window at the Capitol, you might want to check if it is Harry Reid’s shirt. Because the more I consider the final deal on this budget, the more it looks like he may have lost it in the process. And not just him. Your entire party.
Think about it: Democrats controls two-thirds of the lawmaking process (as in, the White House and the Senate) and yet you ended up steadily retreating from the Republican offensive in this battle. They looked much more in charge of things than your side did, and frankly, it’s been that way for a while. For crying out loud, even when your party controlled the whole shebang, what I heard over and over (and still do for that matter) is, “Well, the Republicans blocked everything! It was all their fault!”
I understand the frustration of Democrats, and I fully accept that Republicans have pulled all sorts of stunts to shut down your agenda. But that’s what political parties do. And if your team could not find a way to defend your policy plans with a huge majority, then I just can’t see how that is really, fundamentally the minority party’s fault. They fought for their views. You fought for yours. And when the cards went on the table in this budget deal it looks like they pretty convincingly picked up almost all the chips.
Again, I’m not defending or condemning their tactics. I’m not taking sides, I’m just talking tactics. I’m just saying it is probably a waste of time for Democrats to go around whining about it.
When I coached my daughters’ soccer teams I had a basic rule that I kept in mind: When you lose, you can blame the referee, you can blame the other team, you can blame the weather…but smart people look for their own blame first.
After all, your own performance is really the only thing that you can reliably change. And if you want to win, you must find ways to overcome obstacles - not just ways to complain about them.
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