“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.”

Apparently there isn’t a “Democrat” with the gravatas to tell Barack Obama that he is the problem, and that his negotiating technique/style undermines his “stated” policy goals. Only Obama can end these reoccuring political crisises by leading.  The Republicans KNOW, as do I, that Obama will cave to their demands. So their seemingly undefensible irrational unpopular policy demands are completely logical because Obama will legitimize their insanity by capitulating.  This insanity only ends if Obama demostrates character and fights back but there lies the problem. Obama has no character beyound his own re-election, campaign donors, and Reagan Trickle-Down economic philosophy. The fact that we are debating budget cuts during “The Great Recession” is Hoovarian.