RE: Psst! Obama PUNK'D Repubs On Budget Deal!!! ROFL!
One part I take issue with Cesca on:
"I can only imagine that Tea Party Nation will shit after they read the details of the bill. The Republicans got nothing they wanted. Literally nothing.
If the Tea Party didn't like John Boehner before, now they will really love him. He put President Obama in the position of being able to go on television in front of the entire country and claim credit for the biggest spending cut in history and Boehner got screwed in the process. I really can't overstate the brilliance in that."
I see no reason to believe that Tea Party Nation will suddenly start reading the details of anything. Boehner knows this -- why do you think he postured as he did? He knows the following: 1) a shutdown would've been bad news for Republicans and 2) that the Tea Party would flip its friggin lid if it came out of any deal without significant cuts. He might be scum, but frankly, he played his shitty hand rather well. He got to save face with the Tea Party - who will not come out of this any wiser that the deal didn't benefit them - while avoiding a shutdown which would politically kill him.
Basically, I see this as Obama following the Kennedy doctrine vis a vis the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy knew that if he publicly backed Khrushchev into a corner, he would have no choice but to take action. He also knew that Khrushchev wasn't stupid either and knew he was playing a losing hand. Kennedy allowed him to save face by huffing and puffing, enabling him to go back to his people and look good while still averting a nuclear showdown. In Khrushchev's case, he didn't have to rely on the idiocy of his followers because he could control the information.
Obama did the same thing, essentially, allowing Boehner to huff and puff and go back to his people saying he got a good deal, even though he didn't. He rigged the game so that both sides would "win" despite coming out the clear and sole victor of the entanglement.
In the cases of both Kennedy and Obama, it is a display of true genius. But you also have to credit Khrushchev and Boehner for being smart enough to parlay that shitty hand and come out of it without looking weak while still doing what's ultimately proper.