You didn’t believe the Wizard and his mendacious munchkin minions when they said they wanted bipartisanship, did you? If you did, shame on you:
In a conversation with journalists, Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, was blunt about what Republicans can expect if they don’t find a way to compromise.
“We are going to very visibly seek their support moving forward, and we will shine a bright light on them when they don’t,” he said. “If they want to block everything . . . they will be held to account.”
Axelrod accused the GOP of “rooting for failure.”
“They made a decision they were going to sit it out and hope that we failed — that the country failed,” he said.
Until now, he suggested, Obama has been too gentle. “They didn’t pay enough of a price for what was a determined strategy not to work with us,” he said.
Now, “they either work with us or they have to pay the price for working against us.”
They’ll be cranking up the echo chamber into overdrive and have their lockstep baby birds regurgitating the talking points that Axelrod and Plouffe spit at them.
This is Chicago style threats and intimidation. One hopes that the Republicans are smart enough – and strong enough – to get the message that Scott Brown’s victory is sending: Americans are not buying what Obama is selling. Keep standing against those policies and there will be rewards. Bow to the threats of a cornered bunch of munchkins and pay a price.