How’s that Plan Going, Mr. President?

I was going to write about this story–about a confrontation between Henry Waxman and Barack Obama over the latter’s ineffective negotiating strategy–yesterday.

The president has heard the complaint before. Democrats have accused Obama repeatedly of ceding too much ground to the GOP, especially on health care and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. But attendees said the critique appeared to rub him the wrong way on Thursday.

“He was a little testy with the Waxman question. Essentially, Mr. Waxman was urging him to fight more,” one legislator said. “The president reminded folks that he’s the president sitting in that chair and he knows how to negotiate.”

Obama also told the assembled Democrats not to count on more fiery rhetoric from the Oval Office.

“He said, ‘There’s a difference between me and a member of Congress,'” another lawmaker said, paraphrasing the president as saying: “When I say something the markets react, all of society reacts, other countries react. I’ve got to be careful with what I say. I can’t just say it for brinkmanship. I’ve got to say it in a way so that I get what I want said, but I don’t upset markets and so on.”

But I’m sort of glad I waited until after today’s announcement that unemployment has gone up and declining public sector employment is dragging down the economy. Because it makes it all the more appropriate to highlight Obama’s claim that he has a plan.

But Obama responded that he has to be more careful and more considered than that, and that he is executing an existing plan. [my emphasis]

Not only does the crummy economic news weaken what had been a position of relative strength for the President, but it shows that if he’s got a plan, it’s either not working or not designed to work. Obama’s plan–to focus on the deficit–only makes it more likely we’ll see ongoing cuts to public employment.

Is that really the plan, Mr. President?

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bmaz @dcbigjohn Aww shit. This is horrible. Condolences.
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emptywheel I mean, I used to be a hard ass abt this shit at UM, for precisely this reason: future elite should not be taught to skip deadlines.
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emptywheel Did Mtich McConnell miss all his college paper deadlines, too?
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emptywheel RT @ChadPergram: Senate now out until 11 am et Tuesday. On 30 hr post cloture clock. Next vote might not happen until late Tues afternoon
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bmaz Continue to need a FitBit to keep track of all the @NYTimes walking back on shameful Clinton email story https://t.co/nZSmVjiQDQ
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bmaz @fedcourts @rickhasen @jadler1969 You are on. Clement is worth much more to the cause outside. Kavanaugh long been groomed for this.
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bmaz @brentstandridge @GinnyLaRoe @Richard_Tamor @ScottGreenfield You might want to actually read the story.
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emptywheel I repeat again: McConnell doesn't seem to be having as much fun as Majority Leader as he expected. Won't LBJ's ghost save him?!?!
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bmaz @benwizner @benjaminwittes Better yet, doe yer best Michael Cohen schticht!
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