Go Bernie, Go!

Bernie Sanders FilibusterChecking out Bernie Sanders' filibuster led to more opinions about the tax deal. More obviously smart people are agreeing with me - David Latt, Democrats Have to Save Obama from Himself:
How lame-brained can Obama be? (Can a Progressive Democrat like myself say that about a president I chanted for and believed in?) In capitulating to right-wing pressures that he extend Bush-era tax cuts, he chose to meet only with Republican leaders -- including Senator Mitch McConnell who boasted that his only policy objective was to deny Obama a second term.

No one from the Democratic caucus was invited to the behind-closed-doors meeting (what happened to transparency and inclusiveness?) where Obama gave in on the right wing's cherished goals to advance the interests of the wealthiest Americans.
This one shows that I'm right because Mark Penn disagrees with me. Democrats Need to Back Obama:
Democrats should move quickly to back the president on the tax bill or risk turning themselves into a minority party in Congress for a long time to come. By becoming reverse tax protesters (chanting "raise taxes"), the liberals are sending out all the wrong messages to a country that overwhelmingly backs the key elements of the bipartisan deal the president struck.

Obama took the first step this week in seeking to save his floundering presidency by moving to the center. His execution was far from perfect but his actions were sound.
Some related links:

Excerpts from the speech and the full text. The beginning and the end video from Democracy Now and the full video from C-SPAN.

UPDATE: Here are two articles, one humorous and the other straight news. That they are not that far apart is sad.

"Obama vows to fight Republicans - next year"
As fellow Democrats accuse him of caving in to Republicans on the tax cut deal, President Obama is repeatedly promising them that he will fight the GOP aggressively when it takes over the U.S. House and adds senators next month.
"In Latest Compromise, Obama Agrees He Is a Muslim"
In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim.