Weakness

Republican David Frum on the debt ceiling crisis:

Some may say: What could a president do faced with such implacable opponents? But the opponents didn’t start implacable. Back in January, Speaker John Boehner said the possibility of a government default was “not even on the table.”

The president’s weakness, however, empowered the most radical Republicans. Would one more hard push extract one more big concession? The answer was always, “yes.” So the radicals pushed — and pushed again — and incidentally pushed would-be dealmakers to the side.

Through it all, Obama has played nice, again and again entreating his Republican opponents to emulate his example and play nice too. It’s not what Lyndon Johnson would have done. It’s not what Franklin Roosevelt would have done. I doubt it’s what Hillary Clinton would have done.

Which brings me back to my starting question: Why don’t the Democrats rebel? Presumably, they elected Obama to stand up for their shared principles. But he’s not standing up. He’s rolling over. Or being rolled.

6 thoughts on “Weakness

  1. Or the whole thing was planned out in advance, like in “Big Time Wrestling”.

  2. If the U.S. defaults on its debt, I think we need to have a courageous Democrat in the House introduce a bill for Articles of Impeachment. I think Nancy Pelosi would vote for those articles, and if she did, Boehner and Cantor couldn’t not vote for them.

  3. let’s remember, this is a ‘crisis’ ginned up by the GOP. They simply could vote to increase the debt ceiling. it’s a crisis they can single handedly resolve.

    let’s keep our eyes on the ball here.

  4. Sounds like you came in at the middle of the game. Obama has been talking about doing this long before the debt ceiling showdown. He wants this.

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