Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Would you schmooze with Ted Crooze?

Probably not. Neither should Obama. Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) explains why not by attacking the "schmooze theory," a theory that the media holds dear but that politicians themselves do not believe. The bottom line:

Is there any harm in the media believing a thesis that’s obviously wrong?

I believe there is. The schmoozing thesis creates a misguided set of priorities: members of Congress who refuse to consider compromise, and who reject the very idea of cooperative policymaking, can act with impunity, knowing that the media won’t hold them responsible, preferring instead to blame the president for not making the White House the Friendliest Place on Earth.

As regular readers know, the notion that schmoozing will lead to progress rests upon the assumption that congressional Republicans are responsible officials, willing to negotiate and work in good faith, fully prepared to find common ground with Obama. All they need is some face-time and presidential hand-holding. Once they can get along on a personal level, a constructive process will follow.

It’s a pleasant enough fantasy, and I wish it were true, but it’s not.

Check out Benen's analysis for more about why the schmooze theory, if ever valid, is a thing of the past.

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