If he doesn't scare a child or make a Republican cry, Obama considers the day wasted. That's just the kind of dude he is.
This account sums it up:
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) attacked the partisan bent of the speech, then characterized it as "a political broadside from our campaigner in chief."Which is to be expected because this budget battle is mostly (not all) a political battle. We do have a budget problem, but that's something that cool-headed professionals can hash out in committee. It won't be perfect. It won't be pretty. It will probably suck.
But it's not an insurmountable problem.
But what do you do when one side fails to negotiate in good faith? And yes, I'm talking about the Republicans. They want to knee-cap Obama's presidency much more than they want to put together a balanced budget. The budget is not their fight. The budget is the weapon in their fight.
The Democrats, meanwhile, continue to be the weak, cock-chuggers they always have been. They cut a wider swath through the political spectrum, ranging from near-Republican types to Happy Meal-hating activists, so getting them to agree on anything of substance is no small feat. If they truly are about to go partisan on the Republican plan, then you can bet that the Republican plan is too extreme.
It will please Ron Swanson, but leave everybody else in the lurch.