RealClearPolitics has an article headlined “White House Bristles As Boehner Trims GOP Invite List.”
The president wanted a nice setting in which to chide or worse the GOP conference. He has puled that trick before, and the Speaker isn’t falling for it again. Good.
Let’s hope the Speaker doesn’t fall for the “short term” debt ceiling hike or CR either —the one my pals at the Washington Examiner, David Drucker and Byron York, are reporting would be 6 to 8 weeks long. That would be a disaster for the GOP –a momentum ending, deflating knock-down of the resolve of the House GOP to stand behind the Speaker and force some compromise on the “I won’t negotitate president.”
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spent the Sunday shows imitating Susan Rice and furiously peddling nonsense talking points, only this year it was “October 17th is doomsday” and last year it was “a video caused Benghazi.” The false immediacy of the October 17th deadline should be punctured and another lesson taught the public about the president’s men (and women) and their credibility.
Unless, of course, the president really and truly wants to compromise and strike a reasonable deal –which can be done over the weekend if the president wants it done. The elements aren’t hard to assemble and the repeal of the Medical Device Tax, reform of the sequester caps to bring crucial relief to DOD, the delay of the individual mandate until at least six months after the Obamacare exchanges are certified by a third party to actually be working –which may turn out to be never– plus guaranteed Senate votes on various tax reform measures and some other odds and ends can be done in a day of serious work.
But if the president sees a willingness within the GOP to give him more time in which to blast the GOP and escape from his fake deadline of the 17th, he will take it. Shame on the Republicans if they fall for that ruse. Jack Lew set the clock. Everyone knows that the clock, like the video, was a lie. Use the lie against the teller. Stand firm. A deal or we see what happens on the 17th.