I don’t know what possessed me not to post a link to this story from the Daily Kos more directly when it first came out…but I was recently reminded that others were not aware of the recent Bill Clinton call for Democrats to be “deal-makers”. I’ve been muttering about this for a couple of weeks.
Would Hillary Clinton make a deal with Republicans? And what kind of deal are we talking about?
Would she stand by while the Republicans decide they want to nuke some piece of legislation or else shut down the government? We know how Bill Clinton handled that – by standing aside as Newt Gingrich did his worst. We also know how Obama handled it – by staring the right-wing Republicans down, as should have been done a long time ago…you know, when another Democrat was the president.
There is a time and place for the art of the deal. Probably it should begin when others at the table also seem like they might actually want to negotiate. That time is not now.