Obama then responded forcefully, saying that the positions of such people on the left would result in getting nothing done, except having a “sanctimonious” pride in the purity of their own positions.
The president compared current complaints from progressives to sparring over health care reform, saying that “this is the public option debate all over again.” Then, Obama said, while he was able to pass reform Democrats had fought for for a century, they instead viewed it as “weakness and compromise” that there was no public option. “Now, if that’s the standard by which we are measuring success or core principles, then let’s face it, we will never get anything done.”
“This is a big, diverse country,” Obama also said. “Not everybody agrees with us. I know that shocks people.”
“This country was founded on compromise. I couldn’t go through the front door of this country’s founding,” he later added. “And you know, if we were really thinking about ideal positions, we wouldn’t have a Union.”
Yup, I was right, he is a crouching tiger; roaring for now. Can’t wait for him to pounce!