Having reviewed the president’s latest bit of demagoguery, I assume my old duties as a ghostwriter, and provide the draft text for the Speaker’s delivery to his own press conference:
I am sure you saw the president’s remarks this morning, and I hope your networks carry my brief remarks in response in full.
The president loves to campaign and he’s already in campaign mode. But we have to govern, and that requires real numbers and real cuts. We are not going to engage in any more set-pieces and provide any more props for the president’s re-election campaign. What we will do is raise the debt ceiling a dollar for every dollar in cuts the president sends us, as soon as he sends them, provided they are real. We will not raise taxes and we won’t cut defense spending, but beyond that we will take every cut the president offers and send it over to the Senate.
The president has it in his power to avoid any collision with the debt ceiling. We don’t need any more meetings. We do need a list of cuts, cuts only he can propose.
This isn’t hard, but the House GOP Leadership sure is making it so.