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The President Takes a Mulligan on the Budget

John on April 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

Jennifer Rubin writing at the Post:

President Obama introduced a budget that was widely panned. It didn’t touch entitlements, froze discretionary spending at inflated levels and threw in a $1.5 trillion tax hike. Then Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rolled out his budget, which was widely praised. It addressed Medicare and Medicaid, froze discretionary spending at pre-Obama levels and proposed pro-growth tax reform. Following Obama’s shellacking by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Obama is now going to try it again. His political adviser David Plouffe announced on the Sunday damage-control tour of four Sunday talk shows that the president would be rolling his long-term vision for addressing our debt problems (how appropriate that it was the political hack and not the OMB director, the Treasury secretary or any other serious economic adviser making the announcement). This is, not to mince words, pathetic.

This is a classic attempt at triangulation, but I don’t think that’s the sort of thing that will endear the President with his far left base. In fact, the Blaze notes that the President’s numbers continue to soften. His strongly approve number, which is where the base support shows up, has hit a new low of 19.

So either the President makes a serious attempt at budget cutting and loses even more of the base, or he makes another half-assed political show between rounds of golf. I’d bet on the latter, but I don’t think it’s fooling anyone anymore.

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