Who Is Responsible For The Current Democratic Position

David Dayen of FDL, about the president’s conduct of the negotiations:

Naive is one word you can use, but I don’t think it’s quite right. Somebody had to raise the flag on Treasury attempting a long-term deficit solution – in the middle of a jobs crisis – and that responsibility lies with the President. Elizabeth Drew has an article for the New York Review of Books which claims that the President wanted to change his image to a purveyor of fiscal rectitude in time for the 2012 election. He was playing for the votes of a handful of swing voters and independents in key battleground states rather than doing anything of value for the country. And in the end, what he actually put on the table and proposed would have done something far from valuable – it would have actively hurt millions, caught in the wake of this monomaniacal pursuit of a deal. …

Yes, that about says it.

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  • Bryan  On Monday July 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    My machine is flaky, so I can’t find it now, but one of the major media sites had a sub-head that explained the entire situation – the ‘leaders’ negotiating don’t have any followers.

    Boehner can’t control the Tea Party caucus, Pelosi has no sway over the progressive caucus. Every Senator does their own thing.

    Zero has been controlling the information flow, and that has PO’ed a lot of Dems in both Houses. Boehner isn’t trusted by a large bloc of House Republicans.

    At this point the only thing that might pass in time is a clean bill to raise the debt limit. There isn’t enough time left to look at the details of any ‘deals’.

    I would imagine that the various chaircritters of Congressional election organs are getting the word from the people with real cash that if they screw this up, the spigot is closed.

    • Steve  On Tuesday July 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Bryan, sorry your machine is flaky; good luck repairing it.

      I admit I am still dumbfounded that Republicans are attempting this game of “chicken.” Republicans… including the Tea Party, if they weren’t too stupid to realize it… have the most to lose if there is another genuine financial meltdown, because their wealthy supporters have the most invested (literally) in ventures that will be harmed by a U.S. default. But crazy is crazy, and these days, it seems there are no brakes on the craziness.

      Personally I expect a cave-in, with Obama at the controls.

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