MSNBC-The Maddow Blog, with video (15:07):
The Obama administration is selling the tax deal as hard as it can -- sending out Vice President Biden with the e-mail blast and economic adviser Austan Goolsbee with the whiteboard and the talk on our show last night.Howie P.S.: More push-back from The Left, professional and otherwise:
Economist Paul Krugman says he has spent the week trying to make some kind of peace with the idea of giving Republicans the tax breaks they want for the wealthy in exchange for unemployment insurance and tax breaks for the rest of us. Krugman sounds like he's living in our neighborhood, though, in that he doesn't like being called out by President Obama as an overly demanding purist and that he thinks the president has mostly just postponed the real debate. Krugman writes in the NYT:
[C]oncerns about the tax deal reflect realism, not purism: Mr. Obama is setting up another hostage situation a year down the road. And given that fact, the last thing we need is the kind of self-indulgent behavior he showed by lashing out at progressives who he feels aren't giving him enough credit.
In Krugman's book, the president's display of anger amounts to a show of weakness -- the last thing he needs just now.
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