Gridlock? – “It’s 80-20 Republicans Fault” - But Norm Ornstein adds “There are no angels here, Rick.”
Ornstein predicts that a Romney presidency would, at the outset, be guided more by John Boehner. He suggested that if Romney moved much to the center, he’d have more support among Democrats on Capitol Hill than Republicans.
“It’s not going to be a Romney driven presidency. It’s going to be a Congressional, conservative, Republican driven presidency from Congress.”
Later on, says Ornstein, Romney would need Democrats help and they’d likely be obliged to give it to them. - Watch it – http://yhoo.it/Kf6hzl
Why Republicans Fault? – Ornstein argues that Democrats did work with Bush, even though he came in on the most controversial election in 100 years on.
Ornstein points to – Education reform, Post-9/11 Terror Policy, They saved his tax cuts, They bailed out his bailouts.
Obama, meanwhile, according to Ornstein, came in with a landslide and high approval and had essentially no help from Republicans since 3 helped him on stimulus. “They weren’t going to work with him on anything because if their fingerprints were on (Mitch McConnell said) it might legitimize those actions.”
Power Players with Amy Walter, Rick Klein and Congress watcher Ornstein of AEI - http://yhoo.it/Kf6hzl
RIP: Old Obama Who Wanted to Bring People Together – “The 2004 version of Barack Obama, who captured the nation with a dazzling speech about unity and went on to win the presidency on a message of hope, died on Monday. He was 8 years old,” writes Matt Negrin. “The cause of death appeared to be a bitter realization that he needed to win reelection in an increasingly partisan political environment, a cancer that he had been battling for months if not years. Obama’s illness got the best of him late Monday, as he announced that his campaign for four more years in the White House would be based not on optimism, but rather the shady corporate record of his opponent, Mitt Romney, who ran a private-equity firm that few Americans knew about before this year.” – http://abcn.ws/KUXsK8
Rubio / Booker 2012? – “We will never solve the issues that we face if all people want to do is debate how bad the other guy is as opposed to debate whether their ideas have merit or not, and whether your ideas are better than their ideas,” he continued.” - http://abcn.ws/LgF5yk
Obama Graduates First Openly Gay Air Force Academy Cadets – Devin Dwyer reports from Colorado: As President Obama addressed the graduates, no rainbow flags could be seen on display. The LGBT students couldn’t be picked out of the crowd of white and blue.
But gay and lesbian advocates, academy alums, school officials and current students said they were there. http://abcn.ws/JyrWGh
Obama’s Speech – http://abcn.ws/JyrWGi
WH Jobs Council Has Thos Dems Have Termed ‘Job Destroyers’ (People in Private Equity) – http://abcn.ws/KBVazO
What Happens in High School Stays in High School – ABC / Post poll not concerned with Romney actions – Damla Ergun: Three-quarters in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the account of Romney’s high school behavior is not a serious matter, about as many say it doesn’t provide relevant information on his character, and nearly all – 90 percent – say it’s not a major factor in their vote preference. http://abcn.ws/Kf6hzo
Palin’s Confounding Endorsements – Backs Establishment Hatch in Utah – http://abcn.ws/Mnxy3n
Romney Backer Calls Campaign Money a National Scandal – More from Shush Walshe – http://abcn.ws/KMhQRg
QWIKI – Jon Karl Walks us Through Veep Beat – http://abcn.ws/MplPkF
Secret Service Director – “Between the alcohol and, I don’t know, the environment, these individuals did some really dumb things” – http://abcn.ws/JD169z
Fewer ‘Pro Choice’ Americans and Why That’s a Loaded Term - http://abcn.ws/Lr7Urt
Alan Simpson Uses Curse Words on Social Security – Before the Internet, people used flyers and strongly worded letters. In the world of Alan Simpson and senior citizens communities, they still do – http://abcn.ws/Lq2ksR
Romney’s Education Plan Unveiled – Mitt Romney today unveiled his education plan designed to make sweeping changes to the public education system, which would include expanding school choice by assigning federal money to low-income students for use at a school of his or her choice, or for tutoring or digital education. “I’ll be blunt,” Romney said during an address to the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit today. “I don’t like the direction of American education and, as president, I will do everything in my power to get education on track for the kids in this great land.” – http://abcn.ws/MHHEic
Romney’s Jobs Pledge – CBO Predicts a 6.3 Unemployment Rate by 2016. Romney Says Under His Policies it’d be 6 percent. And that’s a promise – http://abcn.ws/LqWrIy
CBO Also Warns of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ – Allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire coupled with a scheduled round of automatic spending cuts would probably throw the U.S. economy into a tailspin. That’s the dire warning from a new Congressional Budget Office report that says the economy would contract by 1.3 percent in the first half 2013, pushing off a “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1, reports Troy McMullen – http://abcn.ws/KUXsKa
Obama Pride – Jane Lynch Narrates Video – http://abcn.ws/JISjsm
Unabomber Writes In To Harvard Alumni Mag – http://abcn.ws/KDs42Y
Nikki Haley Capitalizes Off Pinata Video – http://abcn.ws/JxUPTf