Krauthammer: Obama Invoking Massacre of Children to Pressure GOP Fiscal Surrender a “Sacrilege” – Video 12/19/12
Charles Krauthammer says it about as well as it can be said. He reacts to President Obama today suggesting that in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School Massacre, Republicans should essentially just cave in to his terms on the “Fiscal Cliff” negotiations – as if the one has anything to do with the other.
I think the president invoking the massacre of children to essentially say the Republicans need to accept his terms of surrender in the negotiations is not just a non-sequitur. I think it’s sacrilege. And it’s of a piece with the whole tone of his News Conference and this is the way he conducts them generally, which is, he is excessively self-righteous. He talks about the other side of being unprincipled, not interested in the national interest, slaves of ideology which he says makes no sense. And as you mention, invested in opposing him to the point they are willing to let the country suffer. So it’s a combination of self-righteousness and narcissism. It’s just a very unpleasant tone and there is no reason he can’t either avoid that, or give some credit to the other side for sincerity in just seeing a different way to approach the crisis the country has.