Let’s Make a Secret Deal: Why Obama and Republicans will never talk about their budget negotiations
The only way President Obama and congressional Republicans may get a budget deal is if they make it look like it will never happen. The president said as much last week. “Both sides will have to do some posturing and speak to constituencies and rally the troops,” he said. But he also expressed faith “that there will be a reasonable and responsible and toned-down conversation.”
The difference between the two kinds of communications is the difference between what’s said in the negotiating room and what’s said in front of the microphones. Bash them in public, work with them in private: That’s the operating principle, but as both the president and House Speaker John Boehner have demonstrated, narrowcasting to your base is difficult in the hypernews environment where your words can get away from you.