Analysis: What is Obama's post-super committee strategy?
November 22nd, 2011
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Analysis: What is Obama's post-super committee strategy?

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - One of the oldest axioms in politics is that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. Now that the hopelessly divided deficit reduction super committee has failed, it is apparent to just about everyone that Washington has a serious crisis of governance.

Question: What - if anything - will President Barack Obama do about it? With the 2012 election season already under way, should he assume a deal is impossible and use the panel's failure as a campaign weapon? Or is he better off knocking heads together on Capitol Hill and trying to ram through a deal that will prevent unpopular automatic spending cuts from taking effect starting in 2013?


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. one voice

    The plan is to continue to school the GOP/TEABAGGERS.

    November 22, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Obama's strategy will be what it's always been. Abdicate all responsibility on every decision to someone else. So when whatever the task ast hand was, he can blame someone else for it's inevitable failure.

    Obama – a serious lack of leadership.

    November 22, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    State receive 2/3 Medicare and other funds from federal government our two senators (from Republican Party) didn’t do enough.

    Our senators are worried about the pledge they sing not us so next year we will elect one from democratic party

    November 22, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    Blame Bush, Blame Bush.Blame the GOP, Blame the Tea Party Blame Fox News blame the USA..lie and lie the Chicago way..then have the Union Bosses pay up the Union Dues

    November 22, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. S.positive

    Keep the republicans in the corner. They need to be disciplined...

    November 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Pete

    Congress and the republicans, believed that their midterm victories were a referendum on President Obama. I recall the president saying something to the effect "now it is time for them to govern". How much time and events of uncertainty do we give them.

    November 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    I believe he already told us: veto anything that attempts to avoid the triggered cuts unless itmatches or exceeds themin an acceptable manner and veto any attempts to extend the Bush tax cuts for the exrtemely wealthy. Simple...then sit back and watch the GOPers/Teatrolls squirm. The math that the MSM will avoid reporting shows that expiration of those Bush cuts will add trillions back into the budget and take a giant chunk out of future deficits. Adding $1.2T on top, be it via the triggered cuts or some alternative, takes another nice chunk out of them. Refusing doc fixes and cuttingn tax loopholes and deductions for the wealthy over the next few years would make it even better and pretty soon we get to where the deficits are GONE BY APPROXIMATELY 2015. The next 12 months are going to be all about the GOP/Teatrolls finding out why Obama gave them so much ROPE. And when Obama get re-elected, the gloves come off and he winds up looking like a freekin genius for getting rid of the deficit and starting us on the way to debt reduction. The numbers don't lie...Republicans and the MSM do.


    November 22, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Blame Bush"

    He doesn't need to anymore. Bush created the mess. The current copr of GOPers/Teatrolls refused to let him do anything to fix it. Again...the numbers don't lie.

    November 22, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Hey Sniffit – can you cite a source for your assertions? I'm serious. I'd really like to know where you got this information.

    November 22, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    Obama's strategy will be what it's always been. Abdicate all responsibility on every decision to someone else.
    He's already taken a stance. Yesterday he stated that he will veto any attempt to deviate from the sequestered cuts. Republicans wrote the bill, and now they are trying to change it. Actually, there is some convoluted reverse psych goinjg on.

    Republicans really want to shift the DoD cuts elsewhere. But, they are trying to make it look like they are being blocked by Obama so that they can howl about Obama is jeopardizing national security ( normally a conservative edge, which Obama currently owns ) thus gaining public support for them to go ahead make the cuts without Obama's veto.

    Sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory? Name another way for Republicans to get around Pres. Obama's veto threat. They need to sway public opinion in their direction. They must defeat his veto by making it difficult for him to carry through with it. Republicans have no hope to overturn his veto in the Senate. They must stop the veto before it occurs.

    November 22, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    His strategy is to box Congress in and make them look ineffective. So far he's boxed them in, but as far as being ineffective goes, this Congress has accomplished that mission with flying colors on their own. The President will be running against a do nothing Congress and will get re-elected.

    November 22, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs are whiny cowards

    GIve the GOP babies a blankie and a time-out.

    November 22, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. yograbar

    It is obvious now that with the GOP controlling the House and the DEMs the senate nothing can be done. So the strict logic should be to elect in 2012 one party to control both houses, and not to make the mistakes that happened in 2008.United we will conquer!! Divide the others further and vanquish them!

    November 22, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Independent Voters

    Why dont president get the Fed involve for the republicans signing a pac that they would never raise tax on the rich.+
    I think they broke the law because they here to represent the american and if american people does not agree with the congress signing a pac statement that they would not raise taxes. I think that breaking the law the republican need to be impeach or resign for breaking the law.

    November 22, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not think that Obama needs to blame anyone for the failures of the republican party, the disasterous effects of the Bush presidency, the treasonous pledges that the GOP baggers signed to Grover Norquist at the expense of America, the Fox foreign news network attacking the presidency 24/7, and the non stop lies of the GOP clown show. It is obvious if you read, watch regular media (not extreme fascist news), fact check, and of course, have lived through the 30 years of warfare by repubes on the middle class.

    November 22, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I just signed a pledge to my wife that I will not vote for a male republican until they themselves, have given birth to a child as a result of rape of incest.

    November 22, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Nsikan

    Many of us have forgotten the intelligence and discipline that endeared us to Obama in the first place. The president has drawn all the scenarios on the board and so far, the republicans, tea party and the democrats are following his timetable. I will relax with a pop corn, attend his second inuguration and save enough money to buy his next series of books. He is a political genius!

    November 22, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My Daddy used to tell me that people who claim to be true centrists or patriots rarely are.

    November 22, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Occupy My Love

    No jobs, people being forclosed on, gasoline at all time high, and a do nothing Congress. Black Friday, Black Monday., the whole year has been Black. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

    November 22, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Hey Sniffit – can you cite a source for your assertions? I'm serious. I'd really like to know where you got this information."

    Use Google, man. There are charts and studies all over the intertubes from places like the Tax Policy Center and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. You can't miss them unless you're being purposefully dense and only frequenting sites where you know you can feed your confirmation bias. CNN usually axes posts with links in them. though. Moreover, check CBO. They just scored the Dems' proposed plans from the Stupid Committee as creating more jobs than the GOP's proposed plans. While that's a little less objective than the purely mathematical analyses out there, it's still strong added evidence that the GOP is selling more snake oil because they so desperately want to kill Medicare, SS and appropriate gov't regulation of industry.

    November 22, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. A MN

    Unbelievable all of you dems need to take some responsibility, stop blaming everyone else the dems destroyed the country when they took over the house and senate in 2007 and we the American people can't afford 4 more years of Obamas spend spend spend agenda

    November 22, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Blame Fox News "

    Caerful what you wish for. Multiple studies have now shown that Faux Noise watchers score as less informed on simple current events knowledge than people who watch NO NEWS AT ALL. That's ample evidence for the argument that Faux is partly at fault for low-information voters existing and voting against their own interests.

    November 22, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. A MN

    Wire palladin you must watch to much msnbc news, do you get all your facts from Rachel madcow

    November 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Occupy My Love

    The tax cuts haven't produced any jobs or stopped forclosures.

    November 22, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |