Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Our form of government was not designed to be run from the House. There have been many times in history where some political cabal in the House thought they could pull the levers of power. It's always ended in disaster. Last one to try it was Gingrich. Obama has no choice but to slam the door shut on this bull****. Not just for himself, but for the executive office.
That's actually a really good point. The conservatives on this board have time and time again pointed out how "if Obama does X" he'll open the door for future presidents to do the same. For example, selective enforcement.
This works both ways. If he doesn't stand up to the House, what sort of precedent do you think this will set? Do you think the GOP will control the House forever? Do you enjoy the prospect of having the House determine policy if/when another GOP candidate ever gets into the White House? Moreover, do you realistically think Obama is going to let that happen for that reason alone, not to mention the fact that he's said time and time again he's not going to alter his signature piece of (legally passed, Supreme Court vetted, election-survived) legislation.
This, all over and above the fact that they're demanding a compromise from something that was already a compromise to begin with.