Obama cites polls saying “the American people” want the top-level tax cuts to expire, but the problem is he can’t get what he wants through the Senate. So what he wants is popular, and what the Republicans want is unpopular, and yet he can’t win. Then he follows up with: “I thought this was a strong position for us to take into the election,” he says.
“The American people were persuaded by this,” he says. Oh, they were? I can understand, sort of, why he’s arguing this way, but it seems detached from elementary reality. If the American people were persuaded by him, why did he get the “shellacking” he did?