The minute the Washington Post story broke that claimed Obama was putting Social Security cuts on the table I knew what I would see on the progressive blogosphere, hear on Ed Schultz, see on twitter, etc. The White House via Jay Carney went on the record and said:
"There is no news here. The President has always said that while social security is not a major driver of the deficit, we do need to strengthen the program and the President said in the State of the Union Address that he wanted to work with both parties to do so in a balanced way that preserves the promise of the program and doesn't slash benefits."
But the damage is already done. The biggest obstacle facing us in 2012 is our circular firing squad, led by those who choose to always believe the worse about the president, hell they even root for it.