Who believes President Obama coulf magically make the sequester problem go away through the magic force of his presidency? Bob Woodward ... Bill Keller ... and now Tom Brokaw (from Fox Nation, via the Free Beacon; video at both links):
BROKAW: ... You know, the fact is that Speaker Boehner is right. Let the Senate come in here and start to play with this a little bit. Where's their budget? The president can start his budget process over there.So the election is over and, just as in 2009, it's time for the press to revert to the notion that right and right-centrist talking points are the normative framework for looking at any question. Obama won't lead! Obama's too busy campaigning! Obama thinks he's a big rock star! He's so overexposed! And his wife -- aren't you sick of her?
I think the president, by my lights at least, spent entirely too much time in the last two weeks campaigning, in effect, all around the country, lining up that Saturday Night Live parody. All those people who will be affected, when he ought to have been maybe at Camp David and said to Boehner and his team, and members of the Republican side on the Senate side, 'Bring the leadership up here, let's spend five days showing the public that we are interested in trying to make a heroic effort to get a deal here. Can't make any calls out to anybody else except maybe your press representatives but not to your caucus members. We're going to sit here and negotiate this. You're the leaders of the Congress, I'm the leader of the country. We've got to find a way to work this out.'
Beltway journalists' brains are wired for anti-Democrat spin.