Your Black World reports.
Democrats are now demanding that President Obama stop working so hard to negotiate with Republicans. The statements come after President Obama gave in to House Speaker John Boehner’s request that he move the date of his jobs speech to a time other than when the Republicans are planning their presidential debates. The president then changed the date and time of his speech.
President Obama has gained a reputation as a leader who is always seeking common ground, but ends up giving a long series of concessions to the other side. Most recently, his debt ceiling deal with the Republicans led to criticism that he was a weak negotiator. Democrats are now calling for the president to lay out a clear vision for America.
Simon Rosenberg, head of the think tank NDN, said that President Obama must create a clear distinction between what he wants and what the Republicans want.
"If the president is to win the election next year, he will have to first win the economic debate with the Republicans, something, to date, he has not done,” he said.
James Carville, a Democratic strategist, had even more to say.
"The last thing that the White House needed was to appear to cave in to the speaker, and that’s what happened," he said.
Democratic leaders and strategists have claimed that President Obama’s consistent need to compromise with Republicans has led to policies that have hurt the economy, harmed his base, and ultimately caused concern about his chances for re-election. Obama Administration advisors claim that the president seeks compromise because he works toward policies that have a chance at success.
White House Speaker Jay Carney said that the president plans to issue proposals that "are reasonable and … should receive bipartisan support."
High-profile Democrats are claiming that President Obama’s strategy simply isn’t working.