I don't know why this nasty piece of work, direct mail scam artist, who taught Republicans how to demonize Democrats at every turn back in the day, deserves a seat at the table discussing the Republicans' latest round of hostage taking in the first place -- but here we are with Newt Gingrich again polluting our airways on ABC with some revisionist history on President Obama and his willingness to compromise with Republicans.
The HuffPo's Jason Linkins summed this up very nicely in part of his weekly liveblog of the Sunday Talking Heads:
Time for roundtabling, with Newt Gingrich, Robert Reich, Jeff Zeleny, and Gwen Ifill.
Gingrich says that the GOP should "get some sleep" because the next few weeks will be, for them, very challenging. But he says that the Congress should not give up the power of the purse. Gingrich wonders if Obama is prepared to compromise at all. "What's he willing to give up?" asks Gingrich, who apparently took the "get some sleep" advice too seriously and missed the part where Obama is ready to give up Chained CPI, and Medicare cuts, and 200 pages of budget cuts, plus the revenues through tax reform and loophole closures plan that Romney/Ryan ran on in 2012. Also, remember that when he could have gotten a repeal of the Bush Tax cuts on people earning above $250,000/year, he relented and limited it to $400,000/year, because he wanted to be a good compromiser and good faith negotiator.
Gingrich is either too ignorant to have noticed this, or he knows it full well and is a cheap demagogue. (I'd say it's the latter.)
Reich says that the issue here, is not the Affordable Care Act, but whether or not one party in Congress should be allowed to hold the economy hostage just because of a law that got passed. "What's next, Social Security?" (Again, Obama is doing what he can to limit the effectiveness of Social Security.) Reich and Gingrich debate the values of this sort of governing.
Never mind that the health care law the Republicans want to threaten to shut down the government over was something that came out of the Heritage Foundation, and that their last presidential candidate managed to get passed in his state. None of that matters now that they've decided it's government run "socialism." President Obama, to a fault, has been willing to extend a hand to Republicans in an attempt to get a budget deal passed to the point that he's angered a lot of us on the left, but Gingrich is never one to let a few facts get in the way of his story telling.
Full transcript below the fold.