President Barack Obama speaks before signing the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. The law will change the way teachers are evaluated and how the poorest performing schools are pushed to improve. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Obama’s Time to Put Up or Shut Up

President Obama has now, on multiple occasions, admitted he failed to help change the tone in Washington. He admits he too has contributed to the partisan rancor and divisiveness in Washington.

Now he has the perfect opportunity to put up or shut up.

The nation is already bitterly divided. Now into the mix comes an election year vacancy on the United States Supreme Court that could shift the balance of the Court for a generation.

The President has the opportunity to come out and say this is not the partisan bloodletting we need when we are already at each others’ throats on everything else. He has the opportunity to avoid ramping up a new fight that is guaranteed to be far more bitter, contentious, and drawn out than all the prior fights combined.

If the President is really serious about wanting to change the tone in Washington, he’d tell the American people that this is one more fight that Washington does not need right now and punt the decision to next year.

Then, instead of fighting in Washington and fighting at the ballot box, the American people can themselves sort it out democratically in November.

But I suspect the President was not really serious about wanting to change the tone and end the rancor.

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Erick Erickson

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