American Elephants

Leadership is — Not Proposing a Plan! by The Elephant's Child

Political Punch: Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper:

Jake Tapper: OK. The House is passing something that many observers feel would never pass the Senate and the president has said he wold veto.  The Senate is passing —the McConnell-Reid plan, it’s not clear that that could pass the House.  The Gang of Seven plan, it’s not clear that that could pass the House.  Would this not be an opportune time for a president to lead and say, this—

Jay Carney: Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down, and likely voted down because it is — look, you know how this town works and how Congress works.  If an individual, whether Democrat or Republican leader, steps forward and says, this is my plan and solely my plan, it makes it a lot harder for that plan to be the basis for a bipartisan compromise.  The way to reach a bipartisan compromise is in bipartisan negotiations where a plan emerges that is the product of that negotiation and is supported by Republicans and Democrats and then presented.  Otherwise, your chances of actually achieving something diminish greatly.

So you have Jay Carney, White House press secretary, saying right out loud that “leadership is Not proposing a plan.”

Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.He knew Obama at the University of Chicago, and in the neighborhood of Hyde Park.

Epstein explained in a video of “Uncommon Knowledge” from the Hoover Institution that President Barack Obama is a “skilled player of intellectual poker.” This is what he meant.  Obama waits until he hears what everyone else is putting on the table and completely shows their hands, before he shows his own cards and pounces.

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