All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. ~George Orwell
The President's campaign manager is finally admitting what anyone who isn't blind in one eye and can't see out of the other has known for months (h/t Steve Benen at Political Animal):
But Senate Republicans want to block it [the American Jobs Act]. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now — not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan.
Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.
Well, gee. It's not like anyone couldn't have known this was coming since Mitch McConnell said the Repug's most important objective was "to make President Obama a one-term president."
I don't know why Obama and the people around him didn't realize this long before now. I guess when you're trying to work with someone to do something important for the country, something desperately needed, it's very hard to admit that the group who literally hold the fate of the American people in their hands could be this petty, nasty, selfish, and mean-spirited.
They are. And it's past time the President and his team admits this and conducts themselves accordingly.