'Come Together'? Try 'Get It Together'
Howard Schultz needs a better message for his cups to fix Washington
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 10:26 AM CST
In this Friday, April 27, 2012, photo, a Starbucks drink waits for a customer to pick it up as barista Josh Barrow prepares another.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Yesterday Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced his DC-area stores would write "Come together" on coffee cups, to pressure lawmakers to come to a fiscal cliff agreement. Well, Jonathan Cohn shares his frustration—but he's really frustrated with people like Schultz who think Washington's dysfunction is the fault of both parties, he writes in the New Republic. "Washington doesn’t need two parties that can 'come together,'" he writes. "It needs one party to 'get it together.' Maybe Schultz should put that on a coffee cup."

Hard-core conservatives may be bucking John Boehner's attempts at compromise, but Cohn thinks Boehner could pass any budget bill easily if he were willing to call up Nancy Pelosi and get Democrats on board. Boehner, however, won't do that because he's too worried about upsetting his party's extremists and losing his job as House speaker. "All politicians act out of self-interest," writes Cohn. "But sometimes leadership means pushing your supporters to do something they might not like, because you believe it’s in the country’s best interests. And sometimes leadership means putting your own political fortunes in jeopardy, because doing so is the only way to take action." Click for Cohn's full column.

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Dec 28, 2012 1:32 PM CST
How 'bout writing on a coffee cup "We'll just stick to making the damn coffee and keep the hell out of politics since writing crap on a cup isn't going to change anyone's mind anytime soon." You'd have to make the cup a bit bigger to fit all of it, but I'd buy it.
Dec 27, 2012 5:47 PM CST
how about just do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 27, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Boehner needs to get some balls and call the extremists on all their shit! They sit back and criticize and offer no solutions. "The Emperor has no clothes." The Republican Party is frightened to death of the Extreme Right. BFD! They have only as much power as people are willing to give them. I give them none.