Source: Chicago Tribune
The sharp disagreement between President Obama and House Democrats over extending the Bush era tax cuts appears, on the surface at least, to be a classic case of a failure to communicate.
The House Democratic caucus is furious with the President for agreeing to a compromise to extend the tax cuts for all income brackets, something he had previously opposed. In return, the President won the extension of unemployment benefits he wanted.
What the White House apparently failed to do was to get at least some of the Democratic leadership on board with the agreement so that they could begin to curry support behind the scenes. Now, they've got an uphill job convincing the opponents they need to get on board and support this deal. And, it could get sticky for the President.
Whether it's in the White House or your own house, line up support quietly, before you go public. Otherwise, you could have a PR problem that might have been avoided.