The White House and progressive advocacy groups regularly (but semi-secretly) get together for what for what are called “Common Purpose” meetings, and at this week’s meeting the progressive groups in attendance allegedly got an earful from White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling about President Barack Obama’s capitulation on the debt ceiling deal, a deal that Republican House Speaker John Boehner said gave him 98% of what he wanted.
Yesterday, [White House National Economic Council Director Gene] Sperling faced a series of questions about the White House’s concessions on the debt ceiling fight, and its inability to move in the directions of new taxes or revenues. Progressive consultant Mike Lux, the sources said, summed up the liberal concern, producing what a participant described as an “extremely defensive” response from Sperling.
Sperling, a person involved said, pointed his finger backed at liberal groups, which he said hadn’t done enough to highlight what he saw as the positive side of the debt package — a message that didn’t go over well with participants.
What President Obama and his administration seem ignorant of is the cold hard reality that liberals aren’t to blame for President Obama’s capitulation on the debt ceiling increase – that blame belongs to President Obama and no one else.