It appears the White House is bowing – to some degree – to Republican demands that President Obama insert himself into the budget talks. But it looks like they’ve decided to circumvent Rep. Eric Cantor, the lead House GOP negotiator, who yesterday walked out. A statement by the press secretary released just a little while ago: On Monday, the President and Vice President will hold
Are we doing this or not? Are Republican leaders just appeasing Tea Party activists, or are they serious about putting the screws on to a result out of the deficit talks? If they are, why is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell already talking about extending the talks? Anyone? Congressional Republicans are supposedly threatening not to raise the debt limit unless they get real cuts in spending.
President Obama and his economic team are seated in the Oval Office with the new Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It is January, 2011, and it is Boehner’s first meeting with Obama as Speaker. ****************** President Obama: I want to thank you both for coming to the White House to meet with me today. I
Republicans are already off on the wrong foot with their newfound power, deciding to disrespect President Obama in a manner that is bad for the country, and bad for them. The GOP is already showing that it’s forgetting the lessons of 1994, which demonstrated that in a crunch, the country rallies to the president, not to Congress. By showing him the finger, they are on