Woodward twisted himself into a knot to lay some of the blame at President Obama’s feet. But seriously, if you were paying attention at the time of the debt ceiling crisis, you know exactly why the whole debt ceiling mess happened in the first place, and you know that it was all a part of the takeover of Congress by the infusion of the Tea Party Crazy People, all of whom were eager to follow the directive of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to defeat Obama at all costs.
That said, I believe that Obama handled it as well as anyone could without simply giving in to the Tea Party terrorists (and the ENTIRE membership of the Republican House in 2010-2011 was on their knees to the Tea Party fearing for their jobs).
Bob Cesca on why Woodward is wrong:
Elsewhere, Bob Woodward is getting ready to release a new book which details last summer’s remarkably insane debt ceiling negotiation between the White House and the congressional Republicans (freshly infused with midterm tea party radicals). Woodward appears to be pushing a point of view that President Obama bungled his way through the proceedings.
He points to an event that occurred at the 11th hour when John Boehner refused to accept the president’s proposal for tax increases as an additional savings in the debt reduction package, even though the president had agreed to politically-damaging entitlement cuts. The talks collapsed and Woodward, echoing a Harry Reid staffer, blasts the White House for not having a “Plan B.” I’m not exactly sure what a “Plan B” might look like considering a Republican House that vowed to not only vote against everything the president has wanted, no matter how many concessions he makes, but to also bring down his presidency by sabotaging the economy.
The only two options beyond fair, reasonable, adult negotiation were 1) letting the default occur, or 2) letting the childish and destructive tea party have their way. The former is inconceivable to any responsible leader. In fact…….