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We talked last week about how 60 Minutes did a pathetic piece on Eric Cantor right around New Years portraying him as the face of opposition, contrarian politics and obstruction. Couching their accusations in the language of "some say," "the White House believes," or "others regard," the Obama sycophants at the CBS Newsmagazine were up to their usual tricks: if Republicans disagree with Obama, they are "refusing to compromise," and the source of the problem.
Of course, one must ask the question, is Mr. Obama - the guy who taunted Republicans after his election and then later told them they could sit in the back of the bus - really doing much on his end to compromise? The answer should be pretty self-evident. But it's not reported that way.
All Mr. Obama or his surrogates have to do is say that they are trying to work with Republicans, and their actual actions don't matter. The media reports it as truth. A perfect example of this double standard was just revealed by CNSNews:
One day after provoking Republicans by making four "recess" appointments -- even though Congress is not in recess - the Obama White House insisted that the president "looks forward to working with Congress, with Republicans in Congress as well as Democrats, on the very important challenges that face the country."
Asked how the president plans to "work" with Congress after insisting he won't "take no for an answer" and refusing to wait for Congress to act - Carney responded, "I don't think that anybody expected or expects Washington to be a campfire where everybody holds hands together and sings Kumbaya. That's not what the nation's business is about."
Carney insisted that Obama "has worked cooperatively with Congress from the moment he took the oath of office, and he will continue to do so." He called it unfortunate that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Cordray's nomination because they oppose the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board.
If Republicans want to change the law, they should do it, Carney said. Meanwhile, President Obama plans to visit the Consumer Protection Financial Board on Friday.
Carney said Obama's decision to make recess appointments - Cordray to the CPFB and three men to the National Labor Relations Board - "wasn't a deliberately provocative thing. It was a deliberately decisive move," he called it.
All you have to do is go back and look at what the Democrats were saying when President Bush made his recess appointment of John Bolton to be the US Ambassador to the United Nations and you see the hypocrisy. And keep in mind that was a completely legitimate and constitutional, if provocative, action by President Bush. What President Obama just did was not legitimate and was not constitutional.
Yet his former Time Magazine "reporter" turned press secretary (it's not a far turn to get from the news anchor chair to a Democrat administration as we've seen multiple times) simply reassures that he wants to "work" with Congress. And the media will just accept this. They won't question this action. They won't question its provocative nature. They won't apply the same standard of scrutiny to the actions of the President as they do to his Republican opposition. Republicans are obstructionists even when they propose compromises, while Democrats are compromisers even when they are obstructing.