From HuffPost Hill, an email publication of the Huffington Post, written by Ryan Grim, Christina Wilkie & Sam Stein (and like the Economist, they’re kinda bitchy and we don’t know who wrote what):
OBAMA ISN’T WEAK, HE’S JUST BAD – The White House insists that July 22nd is the last day that Congress can introduce debt-ceiling legislation and still pass it in time to avert default, yet is showing little interest in the legislation with the greatest chance of becoming law, McConnell-Reid, which would effectively transfer debt-ceiling authority to the executive branch in exchange for $1.5 trillion in cuts. Instead, the administration is myopically focused on a “big [f'g] deal” that would cut $3 trillion in spending, yet include no enforceable means of raising additional revenue. Can we for once and for all abandon this notion that Obama is a weak negotiator? He’s not weak, he just wants different stuff than most Americans. A New Fox News poll asked respondents if they would still support a favored candidate if that candidate voted to increase taxes. The result? More said they would, by a 45% to 38% margin. Obama last week called the debt ceiling a “unique opportunity to do something big” — by which he means “do less for the American people” — and he has little intention of passing it up, even if it means driving the nation to the brink of default. And what are Senate Democrats mad about? That they had to hear about it from us.