National Journal noticed a bit of class warfare going on during President Obama’s press conference today:
Kids versus corporate jets.
If President Obama’s news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight with Republicans: Make it a clash of classes. …
In Obama’s world, Democrats are for kids and Republicans are for corporate jets. That is a sharp distinction that could help put the GOP on defensive, but it may not be enough to persuade Republicans to change their posture on the debt-ceiling talks.
Republicans have cast Obama as a tax-raiser and a Big-Government spender. This was his jujitsu move to turn their arguments against them. With a hint of disdain, Obama even dredged up the death of Osama bin Laden to score a political point.
In other words, the Republican message is “Hey, we’re spending beyond our means.”
Obama’s message is, “You hate little kids and love corporate jets!”
And we wonder why we can’t get anything done in Congress.