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    •  yeah, exactly (9+ / 0-)

      he got what he set out to do....get attention.  

      What is the "media" ignoring today, in favor of this pathetic diva?

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 03:47:44 PM PST

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    •  Yes Mission to divert GOP frm blame accomplished (3+ / 0-)
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      Woodward's self-insertion into the final week of the sequester debacle is as intentional as a mosquito sucking blood from its victim.

      Woodward has been on a singular mission to radically dismantle the social safety net as we know it. His latest book condemning the President for not closing the 2011 debt ceiling deal by offering up "Entitlements" for sacrifice to the fiscal gods, is particularly vicious. Here's what he said in aCNBC interview in Sept 2012:

      The Fiscal Times (TFT): How did you choose your book’s title, "The Price of Politics"? Is it a reference to the price we’re all going to pay for solutions our political leaders have not yet reached?

      Bob Woodward (BW): There is a price [to pay]. We’re dancing on the sharp edge of a razor blade, as I’ve said before. We could fall off and the result would be calamitous. In the book, if you look at all the things [Tim] Geithner [the Treasury Secretary] was saying in the meetings – that a potential default could trigger a depression worse than the 1930s and that it would be indelible… It’s like virginity. Once you default, you don’t get it back.

      TFT : How does Obama compare in broad terms to other presidents you’ve covered?

      BW: Well, he’s very, very smart. But there’s a “divided man” quality to him. He tells people, “I’m a blue dog. I want fiscal restraint and order.” At the same time, as he told me, “I don’t want to cut entitlements in any way that would hurt vulnerable populations.” So, there isn’t the quality of, “This is how we’re going to do it.” When I was in the Navy in the ‘60s an executive officer had a plaque in his office that said, “He who does not know to which port he is sailing has no favorable wind.” Sometimes it is not clear whether Obama is sailing to the fiscal restraint port – or to the “protect-the-entitlements-at-all-costs” port.

      TFT : Is he strong enough to stand up to the Democratic congressional leadership when he needs to?

      BW: The book shows that he doesn’t control [Sen. Nancy] Pelosi [former Speaker of the House] or [Sen. Harry] Reid [Senate Majority Leader]. They were resistant to cutting any entitlements. I don’t know that he could have gotten their agreement had [Obama and Boehner] reached a deficit-reduction deal – just as it was pretty evident Boehner was going to have trouble with Cantor and the Tea Party Republicans.

      TFT: A week ago Romney criticized the defense sequestration cuts agreed to in last summer’s debt-ceiling deal. Won’t this hurt him, since it goes against what Paul Ryan, his running mate and other GOP leaders agreed to last year?

      BW: I just don’t know. It depends. Congress can do whatever they want, and it depends on how binding the sequestration agreement from the Super Committee is. They could postpone it like lots of these things, like the Bush tax cuts. So the day of reckoning will only be worse, because there will be a day of reckoning… It’s sad for the country that these things weren’t fixed. They weren’t ever going to be fixed completely last year or this year, but at least they were on a path toward some stability. [They were doing] several little things, like increasing the Medicare age from 65, up to, eventually, 66 or 67. You could do that slowly, you could start in 3-5 years or more, but at least it would be saying, “We’re going to do something.” But everything has been postponed that's hard.


      TFT : How are you able to do what you do – to get very high-level political leaders to speak to you, on the record, off the record – for so many years?

      BW: I have the luxury of time. I can get a little something and then go back, and go back again. And I have no politics in this. I’m politically neutral and I want to make sure that people have their say. There’ve been some complaints about other books and this book, that, “Oh, it’s so long, and it’s meetings, and it’s positions that people take” – but I want to make sure that what they've concluded and said and done is fully reflected. And I try to take them as seriously as they take themselves.

      This single minded focus on gutting or restructuring our social safety net has consumed him so much that I believe he felt the need to insert himself into the fiscal narrative this time in order not to let the President go scot free once again on "tackling entitlements".

      By inserting himself in the narrative, he thinks he can accomplish 4 things:

      1. Divert blame away from the Republicans on sequester.

      2. Focus Beltway ire on President Obama, and give comfort to the deficit hawks.

      3. Halt the President's successful change of narrative from deficit mania to Pre-K education, gun violence & infrastructure.

      4. Arrogate Broderite relevance to himself

      "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

      by zizi on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:00:41 PM PST

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