The Five Stages of GOP Grief Over the Debt Limit

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 7:19 am

The Republican leadership seems to have logically realized the debt limit provides them no real leverage, but like a spurned teenager the House Republican caucus is just not emotionally mature enough to accept reality yet. As a result, their attempts to “get something” for the debt limit vote are getting increasing weird and pathetic. From [...]

An Hour Long Press Conference with No Questions About Obamacare Rollout

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 12:43 pm

Nothing better shows how badly this government shutdown is going for Republicans than President Obama’s press conference today, which lasted more than an hour. Despite a terribly managed roll out of his signature health care law, Obama did not get a single question about health care.

Obama Reaffirms Pledge Not to Negotiate over the Debt Limit

By: Monday September 16, 2013 9:11 am

One of the most positive developments over the weekend is that President Obama strongly reaffirmed that he will not negotiate over the debt limit while on This Week. From Obama’s interview: And I’ve told him, and I’ve told the country, what I think we need to do.  I’m happy to have a conversation with him [...]

Obama Team Again Tries to Revive the Grand Bargain

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 10:57 am

The so called “grand bargain” is never going to truly be defeated as long as Barack Obama is president, because for whatever reason, it is a top personal goal of his. Like the monster in a profitable Hollywood horror franchise it is only stopped temporarily until the administration sees a way to revive it. According [...]

House Republicans Still Don’t Understand Why They Won the Debt Ceiling Fight the First Time

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:14 am

Apparently, House Republicans are convinced they can hold the debt ceiling hostage again even though they proved they aren’t willing to shoot the hostage. From National Journal: With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a “menu” of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in [...]

Hostage Taking Is an All or Nothing Game

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 7:52 am

House Republicans have a problem. They have trapped themselves in a no man’s land of political hostage taking. The GOP leadership has basically admitted they can’t really play chicken with the debt limit again, but at the same time many in the rank and file refuse to give up on the idea that voting on [...]

Obama Defeated the Debt Limit Monster He Foolishly Helped Create

By: Friday January 25, 2013 9:55 am

Now that the House has passed the three month suspense of the debt limit, it is safe to say President Obama won this standoff. The original Republican position was that any debt limit increase had to be accompanied by spending cuts. Obama said he would not negotiate this time and wanted a debt limit increase [...]

House Republicans Ready to Fold on the Debt Limit

By: Friday January 18, 2013 10:35 am

House Republicans are about to fold on the debt limit. They are no longer going to demand that any increase in the limit be matched with spending cuts. But because nothing in Congress can be simple and easy, the House Republicans are going to wrap up the debt ceiling in a convoluted face saving measure. [...]

It is Very Difficult to Believe Obama on the Debt Ceiling

By: Monday January 14, 2013 11:56 am

One of the most memorable parts of President Obama’s hour-long press conference on Monday came he was forced to face the issue of his own negotiating credibility problem.

A Question That Needs Answering: What Laws Should the President Break Regarding the Debt Limit?

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 12:23 pm

I would love to hear individuals threatening not to raise the debt limit have to explain why that law must be followed, but the President must break other contradictory laws to do so. I’m very interested in hearing, for example, the legal reasoning behind why Wall Street bond holders should still be paid while doctors, FBI agents and seniors should be stiffed.