This is politics 101. Don’t piss on the guy who bats clean-up for your team. Mike could vote against the compromise for all I care. However, long after the tax-compromise issue is history, this dumb quote will be used by the GOP, Fox News, Boston Herald, Rush Limbaugh, etc… to bash a Democratic President who still has two years left to govern as someone who is weak and cannot even unite his own party.
There are other problems caused by this. A certain Democratic Senate Candidate might want him to come to Massachusetts and stump in the Fall of 2012. That would take some serious fence mending at this point.
I met Mike for the first time here in North Adams during his whistle-stop Senate campaign. I liked what I heard. He was being promoted by local politicians I respect and he was obviously a very smart guy. Or so I thought.
Mike was the default to be “my guy” in the Senate race of 2012 to unseat Ex-Nude-Model Scott Brown. (R-Cosmo).
Now, due to what is a stupid political flub that gives ammunition to the GOP, he may….. or may not be.